Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX (2015)


The Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX’s upper is Hydrobloc waxed full-grain leather with very little stitching so it is durable and will keep the water out easily, but you also get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. Around the outside is a rubber rand for yet more durability. Underfoot you get a sole with deep, well-spaced lugs for grip in soft snow and on loose scree. 5/5


This boot only comes in a men’s version in sizes 41-48. The nearest women’s model is the £200 Cornetto in sizes 37-43. The fit does feel snug with good space at the toes. The ankle cuff is about 1cm lower than some other boots and it’s softer too, making this area less supportive but more comfortable, although its forward flex is stiffer. The pre-curved sole allows a natural walking action. 4/5


The Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX feels good on, but it’s a bit more cumbersome than some other models (though there’s not much in it). There is slightly more toe room, which feels good, and the toe flex is just enough to make walking below the snow comfortable. The ankle cuff is not quite as comfy as some others in the forward flex position, but again not much in it. 4/5

In use

For general hillwalking on snow, scree and rough terrain the Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX feels great. It is a little less delicate than some others when scrambling, however, so it’s not the best for those who want a more precise feel on the rock. The sole lugs are deep and well-spaced, and ideal for soft snow and other loose ground, while the stiffness is good for snow and rock. 4/5


The Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX is a very well-priced boot compared to other options here, and you are getting a Gore-Tex lining for your cash. 5/5


The Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX is great for mountain walking, but slightly less precise for scrambling than some others. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine December 2015