Zamberlan Airound Mid GTX (2015)


At just 1014g (pair, size 11) the Zamberlan Airound Mid GTX is extremely light. It features the new Gore-Tex Surround technology, which provides an air gap below the footbed to allow moisture vapour to escape from the base of the foot through the side of the boot. The upper is made of mesh and PU with a rubber toe rand and stiffening at the heel. Underfoot the Vibram sole unit has relatively shallow lugs, but there is a heel breast. 4/5


The size range is 36-48 unisex but there is no women’s-specific fit or design here. On the foot it feels more spacious than some models, and as the upper is very flexible it can be tightened down easily – but it does not feel quite as precise as the models with stiffer uppers. The heel fits really well though. 4/5


Gore-Tex Surround technology means the Zamberlan Airound Mid GTX should feel less sweaty, while the soft upper means it does mould to your feet. That is great on easy terrain, but there is very little support from that upper so your feet easily move about on more rugged ground. There is more flex in the sole unit too than others, so again it’s not so comfortable on rocky ground. 4/5

In use

On easy, level paths the low weight is a real bonus and in hot weather that extra airflow should keep your feet cool. But take this onto rougher ground and it is far less supportive, while on mud or grass slopes the outsole lug pattern does not grip as well as others because the lugs are just less aggressive in design. It needs to be kept to easy terrain to get the best performance. 3/5


The Zamberlan Airound Mid GTX is the lowest priced Gore-Tex Surround boot, but there is less performance here. 4/5


In terms of weight and underfoot breathability the Zamberlan Airound Mid GTX is superb, but performance on rougher ground is compromised. 3.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine August 2015