The Zamberlan Ultra Lite GTX is extremely light for a leather boot as it weighs in at just 1358g (pair, size 46) and while it may not boast the stunning good looks of some more striking models, when you do take a closer look it has some pretty good design features for tackling British hills. To begin with you’re getting a leather upper with minimal stitching and a full rubber rand, so you should be able to wear this boot for longer than most before the upper wears out. The toe box is very firm, as is the heel cup, making this ideal for rockier ground. What is surprising is how low-cut the ankle cuff is, and also how soft the padding is in this area, which means the Zamberlan Ultra Lite GTX isn’t very restrictive on the foot. Underneath there’s a good aggressive Vibram sole unit that boasts a set of deep, widely spaced lugs along with good stiffness, making this ideal for typical British hill and mountain terrain. On the foot the boot provided a close fit that felt supportive and protective but without restricting too much movement. The walking action is very smooth and there’s enough stiffness to scramble up rock, making the Zamberlan Ultra Lite GTX ideal for most British hillwalkers.
Upper materials 1.9mm full grain leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Star Light
Men’s sizes 41-48
Women’s sizes 37-43
Weight 1358g (size 46)
The Zamberlan Ultra Lite GTX is a fairly traditional leather boot, but its weight and performance make it better than most for hillwalkers heading to the Lakes, Snowdonia or Scotland. It won ‘Best in Test’.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013