Zamberlan Vajolet 2012

The Zamberlan Vajolet is a very ‘European’ style of boot, but it also benefits from a great range of well-designed features. Firstly it is relatively lightweight, thanks in part to the fabric upper. The mix of materials on the upper are protected by a rubber rand that encloses the front half of the boot. Inside is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to help keep your feet dry. On the foot the Zamberlan Vajolet is very comfortable, due to a great profile that really fits the foot. The toe is slightly more tapered than some, to improve climbing dexterity, but this does not preclude a good walking experience. The sole unit has a good set of widely spaced lugs for grip on softer ground as well as a smooth area under the toe for climbing. The flex in the toe is not as smooth as that of some other boots, which is the only drawback as it reduces confidence when climbing and also means that the boot does not roll quite as smoothly when walking. These are tiny issues, though, and some people may not be concerned about these points, as generally the Zamberlan Vajolet is a very good and relatively lightweight winter boot. There is no women’s version, however.

Upper materials leather and textiles
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Zamberlan Vibram Norwalk
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 6-11
Weight 1936g (pair, size 11)


The Zamberlan Vajolet is fairly lightweight with good winter performance, although the toe flex is not as smooth as other boots, which does detract slightly in terms of performance.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2012