The timing could not have been better. With the snow melting from the valley, while the summits remained plastered in snow and ice, the Top Evo arrived on my doorstep. This new model from Italian brand Trezeta is a 3-4 season, or B1-rated, boot – which means it is flexible enough to be comfortable below the snow, but stiff enough to make walking on snow and ice easier and safer. But the question I wanted answered was: could Trezeta come up with the goods? Could they make a boot that competed with the best in the market?
Trezeta’s key models occupy the keenly fought £75 to £100 territory in the outdoor footwear sector. These models are suited to tackling substantial routes in most conditions, but the Top Evo is a far more serious piece of kit that is aimed squarely at those in search of the best boots money can buy. It is designed for the committed walker who wants performance above and below the snowline, and is not shy of spending a few quid to get what they are looking for.
With its leather upper, high rubber rand and aggressive sole pattern, there is no denying that this is made to tackle challenging mountain terrain. There’s barely a stitch on the upper, which should mean the boot won’t fall to bits with hard use. There is plenty of padding around the tongue and ankle, so comfort should be good. But most importantly there is a real performance edge to the stiffness of the Top Evo. This is a boot designed for use with crampons and for holding a good edge in the snow. It could be the perfect boot for mixed snow, ice, slush and rubble of a spring day out high on the mountains of the Lake District.
I took the Trezeta Top Evo out on a variety of terrain, from grass and bog to rock and ice. It felt comfy straight from the box, with a spacious, high-volume fit that reminded me of the German brands such as Lowa and Meindl. It was comfortable on the level tarmac walk-ins, but what I really appreciated was the level of performance and support the Top Evo provided while scrambling up Cam Crag Ridge on Glaramara. It provided confident grip in snow too. Better still, the waterproof lining coupled with a virtually stitch-free upper that is unlikely to leak meant my feet stayed dry.
There’s also the Dry On Move technology, which is designed to allow warm, sweaty air from inside the boot to escape from vents in the ankle cuff. It is hard to know if that actually works, but the boot felt comfy, so perhaps it does.
But the Trezeta Top Evo is heavy at 2210g (pair, size 11): these days you can get boots that weigh in at around 1790g to 2160g with similar performance, which puts it at the upper end of the scales. In terms of price, although it is the highest in the Trezeta range, it is lower than some of its lighter competition. So if price is more important to you than weight, then this boot is an excellent choice if you need a boot for mixed conditions before the snow melts.
I’m certainly happy to keep using this boot for many years to come as it is well-designed for the typically unpredictable conditions encountered in the Lakeland fells at this time of the year.
Upper 2.4-2.6mm nubuck leather with Outdry waterproof lining and Dry On Move moisture control
Sole Vibram Tsavo with 6mm lugs and EVA cushioning
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 2210g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stockist details – tel. (01625) 505927; www.trezeta.com
The Trezeta Top Evo Top Evo is waterproof; high rubber rand; durable leather upper; good sole stiffness for winter use; lower price than some similar boots. However it’s
heavier than some similar competitors; not available in a women’s fit. Overall it’s a
superb, relatively low-priced crampon-compatible winter boot that is ideal if weight is not your priority and you want a great boot for walking below and above the snowline.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2010