The Steens is a new boot from Zamberlan that offers remarkable performance for the price. The boot benefits from a leather upper with minimal stitching and just a small section of fabric down the sides of the tongue. This ensures the upper will be very durable when used regularly on rocky ground, which is what most hill and mountain walkers in the UK will be tackling on a regular basis. The upper is reasonably stiff and has a higher ankle cuff than most boots in its price range, which again adds support and protection on rocky ground. The heel cup and toe box are reasonably stiff, which again is ideal for rockier ground, as is the stiffened sole unit. The lug pattern is reasonable for walking on soft ground, although the Berghaus Explorer Ridge performs slightly better in mud. The drawback of all this support and stiffness is that the Zamberlan Steens GTX isn’t as instantly comfortable as others, and is a little heavier. But all boots soften up over time and after a few walks it becomes much more comfortable. For the price, the Steens GTX is an exceptionally good boot for people looking for long-term performance rather than short-term comfort.
Upper materials full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Zamberlan Vibram Forest
Men’s sizes 38-48
Women’s sizes none
Weight 1404g (pair, size 46)
The Zamberlan Steens GTX is a superb investment if your budget is limited to £130, and you want boots that offer durable performance on a wide variety of terrain. It won Trail’s 'Best in Test' accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013