Lightweight and brightly coloured, the new Zamberlan Dru GTX RR B3-graded mountaineering boots (£300) weigh just 1990g per pair and feature a microfibre and ceramic cordura upper, ankle cuff with neoprene gaiter, 360˚ rubber protective rand and a rigid sole unit suitable for C3 graded rigid crampons. The boot’s dual-density wedge and Vibram sole are designed to allow ease of motion while its waterproof Gore-Tex liner and thermo insulated footbed should protect against the elements.
Weighing slightly less than the Dru’s at 1660g (men’s version), the Zamberlan Route GTX (above) medium backpacking boot (£175) can handle rough terrains with its full Hydrobloc Nubuk uppers and Gore-Tex liner. Leather reinforcements at the toe and heel should make the boot more flexible, while the Route GTX’s tip to toe PU wedge, heel shock absorber, Vibram outsole and webbing heel lock cushion the foot and keep it in place during descents.
Lighter still, the 1290g Zamberlan Gear GTX boot (£155) has a Hydrobloc Perwanger waxed suede upper and Gore-Tex liner. More versatile than the rest, it’s suitable for hiking, light backpacking and fell walking and has upper mesh inserts for breathability, underfoot wedge cushioning, a shock-absorbing heel insert and dual compound Vibram sole.