Zamberlan can always be relied upon to provide functional footwear – and the Crest XCR multi-activity shoe continues that tradition, with a design that dedicated to performance around the mountains. So you get a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining. The upper is a mix of suede leather and synthetics. The lacing system of the Crest extends a good way towards the toe and the toe itself is reasonably narrow in profile. This makes the Zamberlan a good choice for scrambling. Around the toe there is a rubber bumper, to add valuable durability on rock. The toe box gets a little stiffness too, so that your toes are well-protected from stray boulders. The shoe benefits from a reasonably hard-wearing, well-fitting and supportive upper. Underfoot, the performance qualities continue to rule the design, with good cushioning and a good stiff flex in the sole to make rocky terrain easy on the foot. The lugs on the outsole are 4mm deep, which is ideal for mud and grass. The Zamberlan Crest ideal for a wide variety of activities, from scrambling, walking and approaching climbing crags to driving to the pub and walking around gear shops! But you might find that the sole flex is a little more natural for walking in some other shoes perhaps, but some breaking in should improve it. The narrow profile at the toe is ideal for the negotiation of rock, but the wider toe box of some other shoes definitely better for general walking. Some others have slightly more sole bite as the heel breast is not very aggressive, but the main drawback is the weight of 1232g (pair, size 11) as this is heavy. This shoe will not be right for everyone, but there is nothing else that manages to capture its all-round performance either.
Upper: Hydrobloc Split Leather, Cordura, Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1232g (size 11)
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 100; Wales 5; Scotland 15; Ireland 0
Verdict: Buy it if you want a quality waterproof shoe that is ideal for mountain biking to the foot of the hill, then hiking over rough terrain before scrambling to the foot of the crag.