For years, manufacturers have had a puzzle on their hands – how do you make a shoe breathable from beneath? Last year Gore-Tex unveiled their solution: the new Surround membrane. It wraps around the foot, with warm air passing beneath the sole into a spacer and escaping through meshy – yet waterproof – side vents. Zamberlan are one of
the first brands to use it (along with Meindl, as seen in the men’s test). It certainly works, and on several walks it kept my feet comfortably dry. But how about the rest of the shoe? Well, fit is pleasing, with a narrow, trainer-like shape hugging the foot. The upper is thin and stretchy but doesn’t feel flimsy. It’s all very breathable and when laced well, it fits with just the right combination of snugness and support. The Vibram sole is tough and thick, offering well-padded underfoot protection with a precise shaping – quite the contrast with the light, meshy upper. If your feet run hot and you don’t need the strongest level of protection, the Gore-Tex Surround technology – and these shoes – are certainly worth your consideration.
Sizes: 36-43 (including half sizes)
Membrane: Gore-Tex Surround
Outsole: Zamberlan/Vibram Speed Hiking Lite
Weight per pair: 780g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 0161 432 0319
Light, well-fitting and loaded with the latest tech, best for fast summer walking.
Tested by Sarah Ryan
Country Walking June 2015