Zamberlan Vioz GT

Very snug at first, and wore in just enough on their first walk. Well padded and also a nice height at the ankle cuff. A stiff and supportive boot perfect for rougher going, yet agile enough on easier paths, too. The laces could do with a locking eyelet and it looked a bit second-hand after the test.

VITAL STATS
Colour: Charcoal/red
Sizes: 41-50 (Euro’)
Upper: Full-grain leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Zamberlan Vibram 3D
Weight: 1,500g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0161 432 0319, www.zamberlan.com
Verdict: Pricey but near-perfect boot that excels higher up the mountain but is nimble and conservative enough to wear anywhere. Needs careful looking after, though.