The Gear is typically Zamberlan by design, as it’s very much a robust boot with stiffness and support to make light work of walking and scrambling over rockier ground. Compared to most boots in our test the upper is exceptionally stiff, not just at the heel cup or toe box but throughout. This makes them feel a bit stiff when you first put them on but I soon got used to that and enjoyed their comfortable support. The upper is mostly leather but there is a small area of synthetic Cordura, but this still feels very durable. The ankle cuff is lower than many boots in our test, but also stiffer than the boots that do have a lower cuff and this gives the Zamberlan Gear unique freedom in the ankle while maintaining support. This makes it just the job on rocky ground. The outsole is stiff too – again ideal for rockier ground; and once you walk around in this boot for a while it feels great on easier ground, if you like a stiffer underfoot experience, as I do. The lug pattern on the outsole is less aggressive than some other boots, however, as while the lugs are widely spaced they aren’t as deep as some boots. The result is that this outsole may not maintain grip so well on softer ground, particularly once it has worn down a little.
Upper materials Perwanger leather and synthetic Cordura
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram LH07, PU shock absorber
Men’s sizes 40-48
Women’s sizes 37-43
Weight 1606g (pair, size 46)
The Zamberlan Gear is a durable boot that’s reasonably lightweight and great on rocky ground, but some boots have better lugs for softer ground.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014