Monday, November 19, 2012

Zamberlan Footwear-Trekking, Hiking, Lifestyle Boots 2012/13

Outdoor Retailer/SLC

words/images Judith Ecochard

A first, our intro to Zamberlan-a third generation Italian family owned brand of highly evolved footwear-really impressed us...

lightwight  hiker-new for Spring 2013 ...230 SH Crosser Mid GT RR $170

There's an abundance of tech features in each pair Zamberlan footwear--including task, anatomical and gender specific lasts and something called Foot Wrapping System- that shapes the upper (one piece of leather)-with special patented moulds. padded collar uppers, heel and toe cups with sculptured padding for protection and fit, anatomically designed footbeds that are removable/washable, Norwegian Welt construction  "features two lines of stitching: the first fixes the upper to the midsole (which is specifically designed for this use), and the second fixes the upper to the insole, which will later be glued to the sole."...and most impressively Zamberlan Welted construction-a patent pending that "combines the strength and durability of Norwegian Welted construction with the lightness and comfort of a lasted construction boot. The upper is stitched to the specially made insole with a single stitch line and the upper adhesion area is then glued around the insole to form the body onto which the sole is attached." HydroBloc® treated leathers for enhanced water repellence, PLUS assorted 'systems' that guarantee the ideal flex, lateral support, and  torsional stability and flexion at the foot’s natural flex point. 

For more---the website has all the features...

We saw selections for speed hiking ("not a trail runner"-different foot motion), trekkers/alpine kicks---and casual everyday boots with stylish uppers on a technical platform. We actually found these all good looking shoes...and note to self-volunteer for demoing.

230 SH Crosser Mid GT RR $'s and women's versions

130 SH Crosser GT RR $150
5 piece technical outsole...exclusive Vibram® outole includes TPU heel counter

arch support plus two dual density EVA midsole section

RAPIDA Made in Italy-split leather upper w/sticky rubber rand upper protection-total foot wrapping, Gomma-Vibram® XS-Grip sole, patented Rapida closing system

precise structured shoe- with a wrapped/ comfy shape

ITALICA Made in Italy--split leather upper w/rubber rand upper protection, Gomma-Vibram® XS-Grip sole, H.R.T. eyelets, To-Toe lacing the Italian flag colors
Alpine Boots-made for the hardcore-mountainering type, waterproof/breathable top of tte line materials, crampon compatible- (Zamberlan® PCS system)...several versions available---with external gaiters.
Mt. Everest (left)-Microfiber/Cordura® upper - GORE-TEX® lining offers highest abrasion resistance, extreme durability, high wicking ability, breathable, warmth - Zamberlan® Carbonflex midsole with Easy step-In system to take step-in crampons - Lycra® incoporated gaiter to keep snow out - Microtex wicking nylon collar lining help control excess moisture - Zamberlan® RRS system for upper protection - Special pulley lace block system - Vibram® sole with double EVA inserts. Denali (right)-External gaiter of Cordura® fabric in upper area and Cordura®Kevlar® in lower to ensure thermal insulation/abrasion resistant, Riri Storm® waterproof - UV ray resistant zipper w/ protective cover, inner removable bootee mesh lined-warm/breathable, thermal removable footbed w/ PE layer for cushioning+aluminum film for insulation, carbon fiber +fiberglass midsole maximum rigidity/lightness, Thermoplastic toe/heel, Viram® Teton +Zamberlan P.C.S. outsole for extended durability.

Spring worthy-moutianeering/backpacking boots that can support heavy loads---Pamir for men, Fitzroy for women....
PAMIR-Ceramic Cordura material, carbon fiber shank, Alpine lasts, lined in Duratherm Gore-Tex®

double tongue improves overal fit

Vibram® -Zamberlan outsole w/Zamberlan P.C.S. crampon system

technical boot-Alpine lasts-FITZ ROY GTX RR-women's-Alpine 

We thought these boots for men-handsome...and since they are resoleable...keepers!
Davos-single stitch-durability-Tuscan leather upper-Hydrobloc® full grain leather-Norweigan Welt category with  Zamberian Stitch construction, ZAMBERLAN® VIBRAM® NorWALK outsole

handmade in Italy-GoreTex® insulated comfort membrane-waterproof/breathable

synthetic wool pile-for warmth

Compact lightweight Backpacking technical alpine lasts...

The grippy Zamberlan /Vibram® Darwin outsole on the Trek Magic GTX®

 Guide GTX® RR GT RR-a rugged tech backpacking boot
Steep GTX®