This is a new 3-season boot from Zamberlan designed specifically for the UK market, so it gets a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet. More importantly it also has a full grain leather upper with minimal of stitching for improved water resistance and durability. The upper is good and stiff with a solid toe box to protect and support the feet on uneven terrain. The ankle cuff and tongue are slightly articulated, to allow a more natural forward flex without losing lateral support, which combines to make these more comfortable when walking. Underfoot there is an extremely aggressive Vibram sole unit and of course you get great cushioning too. The combination of a deep lugged sole unit, a stiff sole unit flex and lots of upper support make this ideal for tackling rough and rocky mountain walks and scrambles in the UK, while that Gore-Tex lining makes it ideal for backpacking across the Scottish Munros. But some boots have a rubber rand for even more durability, or at least a rubber toe bumper. So those heading for really rocky ground on a regular basis may prefer some other boots, such as the Zamberlan Baffin for £140 which has a rubber toe cap and came 3rd place in April 2006.
Upper: Hydrobloc Full Grain Leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Zamberlan Vibram 3D
Sizes: 41-47 (men’s); 37-43 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 1; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1744g (pair, size 46)
Made in Romania
Stores in UK: England 100; Wales 5; Scotland 15; Ireland 0
Verdict: Buy it if you want reliable quality hill and mountain walking boot but do not need the optimum in durability.