The Hydrobloc waxed full-grain leather upper has minimal stitching and provides great protection for the foot but you also get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. A rubber rand extends around the boot for even more protection. The outsole has reasonably deep lugs that are widely spaced for grip on softer ground. 5/5
Available for men in sizes 41-48 and for women in sizes 37-43, the Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX gave a nice snug fit with good space around the toe box. The ankle cuff is slightly lower than some others, but it felt a little more restrictive as it does not flex forward as gently as some. The outside feels stiff with some precurvature in the sole for a more natural fit. 5/5
The ankle cuff is not quite as comfortable in the forward flex position as some others, and the boot feels a little ‘clumpy’ and less dexterous than some options. But walking does feel generally comfortable with a good flex at the toe to facilitate walking below the snowline. The toe is not so narrow as to feel restrictive either. 4/5
The Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX is great for backpacking across rockier ground and tackling easier snow slopes. It feels a little bulky for scrambling but is great for generally negotiating uneven mountain terrain. The sole lugs are a great depth for softer ground including snow, gravel and scree. Climbers will prefer more precise-feeling boots though. 4/5
The price is very attractive for a genuine 3-4 season walking boot with a waterproof lining. 5/5
Not quite the performance finesse of others, but the Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX is great for hill and mountain walking.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2014