The Trek Magic is a new boot from Zamberlan for 2013 that sits more in the tradition of 3-4 season boots than some modern designs from other brands. The upper is made from a single piece of stiff leather, with just a small area of fabric on the bellows area of the tongue, while a rubber rand encases the boot – and together these features make this boot extremely durable. However compared to other boots this was the least comfortable when I first put it on, due to others being softer and more well padded in the upper, so it may take a little ‘breaking in’, something that is not commonly required in most boots these days. This has to be balanced against the extra support the upper provides, however, as this boot really supports the foot, making traversing slopes of scree or snow a doddle. The outsole is equally well-designed for more challenging terrain with deep, widely spaced lugs and plenty of stiffness. The toe flex is stiffer than most, making this better than most for use on snow, although the Meindl Himalaya is stiffer in the sole and higher in the ankle cuff if support is what you need. However I generally felt that the flex provided from the Zamberlan Trek Magic was not quite as smooth as others, so it just did not feel as nice to wear when walking below the snowline. It is good though if you want a stiff and supportive boot that will be very durable when used for general mountain walking, scrambling and easier mountaineering.
Upper materials Hydrobloc Perwanger leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Darwin
Men’s sizes 40-48
Women’s sizes 37-43
Weight 2104g (pair, size 46)
The Zamberlan Trek Magic is a durable, stiff and supportive boot for general mountain walking, scrambling and easier mountaineering but it may take a little more breaking in than some.
Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine November 2013