This 3-season boot took third place in our test in 2007, and it’s still a cracking boot. It has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet; more importantly it also has a full-grain leather upper with minimal stitching for improved water resistance and durability. The upper is good and stiff with a solid toe box to protect and support the feet on uneven terrain. The ankle cuff and tongue are slightly articulated, to allow a more natural forward flex without losing lateral support, which makes these very comfortable when walking. There’s an extremely aggressive Vibram sole unit with deep-lugs and stiff flex, plus lots of upper support which make this ideal for rough and rocky mountain walks and scrambles in the UK, while that Gore-Tex lining makes it ideal for backpacking across the Scottish Munros. Other boots have a rubber rand for even more durability, so anyone heading for really rocky ground on a regular basis may prefer an alternative product. A slightly narrow feel around the forefoot may put off those with wider feet.
Upper: Hydrobloc full-grain leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Zamberlan Vibram 3D
Sizes: 41-47 (men’s); 37-43 (women’s)
Weight: 1744g (pair, size 46)
Made in: Romania
Stores in the UK: 74
Verdict: A superb option if you want a reliable, quality hill and mountain walking boot but do not need the optimum in durability.
First published in Trail magazine, April 2008