Zamberlan have done the double this year, making it into both our Summer and Winter Outdoor 100s.

The summer item was a beautiful looking mid cut and lightweight leather boot called the Zamberlan Fell Lite GTX. This winter pick, the Zamberlan 1000 Baltoro GTX, is something a bit more technical.

It’s a boot designed for demanding hiking, so think scaling scree slopes in the Alps or taking on a multi-day hike across the rocky climbs and scrambles of Snowdonia. For that kind of stuff, you want something that is strong, slightly stiff-soled, reliable, yet also lightweight, and this ticks all of those boxes.

Most of the upper, which extends quite high up the ankle, is made from a 2.6-2.8mm-hick quality Perwanger leather. There’s also extra reinforcement in certain parts, most notably with a PU rubber rand on the toe and back of the heel and then solid Cordura overlays around the outside of the ankle.

“Zamberlan is a family-run brand that’s been making boots in the foothills of the Dolomites for 89 years."

Lining the upper is a waterproof membrane by Gore-Tex, called Performance Comfort. It’s a particular type of Gore-Tex that’s optimised to give protection in moderate weather conditions while also offering high breathability.

These materials used on the Baltoro’s upper combine to make it best-suited to three-season use in terms of warmth, but it should still be suitable for winter hillwalking in the UK when the conditions aren’t at their most extreme.

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Similarly, the sole is designed to be able to take a crampon, but only a semi-automatic one. The idea is that you might wear this in cold conditions where there might be some snow patches to traverse, but not when you’re climbing a fully snow-coated peak.

The sole itself combines a dual-density PU foam midsole with a grippy Vibram Mulaz EVO outsole that has a slight heel step for extra grip. If this outsole ever wears out then it can be fully removed and replaced by a new one. It should be a good few years before this is necessary though as Zamberlan have a good reputation for the quality of their materials, as you’d expect from a family-run brand that’s been making boots in the foothills of the Dolomites for 89 years.

Zamberlan 1000 Baltoro GTX Walking Boots