The Zamberlan Crosser GTX is a good lightweight option at 954g (pair, size 46), making it instantly appealing to anyone wanting to travel light. The shoe has a synthetic upper with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, but there’s less mesh here, which means the waterproof lining is better protected and the upper may be faster-drying as well, as it will tend to absorb less water. There is a rand around the sides of the shoe that features Kevlar, so that should be very durable. The Crosser also sports a rubber rand at the toe and heel. Surprisingly for such a functional design the toe box is very soft, perhaps to keep weight down, but it certainly offers less protection in this area than many other shoes. The outsole has widely spaced lugs and a heel breast, and although the lugs aren’t quite as good as the best available they are reasonably good on soft terrain. I’d ideally like them to have a little more bite, though. The sole has good stiffness for fast action with a nice spring in the toe and particularly good cushioning in the heel area. This all adds up to a comfortable, fast-action shoe for general use. The Zamberlan Crosser GTX doesn’t excel in any particular area, but that is what makes it a good all-rounder for walking, fast and light hiking, or just playing outdoors.
Upper material Cordura and Schoeller Kevlar-reinforced fabric
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Zamberlan Vibram Speed King
Men’s sizes 40-48
Women’s sizes 36-43
Weight 954g (pair, size 46)
The Zamberlan Crosser GTX is a lightweight shoe that offers good performance; but a sole unit with a little more bite would be useful, while a stiffer toe box would help on rockier ground.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014