Zamberlan Crosser Plus GTX Boots
These lightweight mid-height boots have changed the way Duncan and I view footwear. New in 2013, Crosser Plus is an excellent example of lightweight footwear that has many of the features of bigger boots yet retains the dexterity and comfort of a shoe. An aggressive sole unit with chunky heel provides all-terrain grip. A supple fabric upper is reinforced by ribbing and backed up by tough heel webbing and a rubber toe bumper, with a low fabric rand between sole and upper. They suck onto the feet via a lacing system that anchors the heel, with two ankle hooks on a cuff that remains low for comfort. Close-fitting and extremely light on the feet, they feel immediately intuitive and comfortable and don’t overheat. Duncan has tested these while walking, scrambling and backpacking, and rates them as 5/5: in fact, they’re so good he uses them year-round (except in snow or ice), and refuses to go back to heavy boots. I am currently testing a pair for an article on women's lightweight boots for The Great Outdoors magazine, Spring 2015 issue. More on that once I've done some mileage.
Upper:Cordura-Kevlar/Schoeller/synthetic, Gore-Tex membrane
Mid/outsole:Zamberlan Vibram Speed-Hiking sole
Weight:932g (men's 44)
Picture: Duncan approaching the Refuge Robert
Blanc, wearing Zamberlan Crosser Plus GTX boots
on a three-day alpine hike in the French Alps.
I am writing a feature on this superb trek for the
Spring issue of The Great Outdoors magazine.