Zamberlan Fitz Roy

Light and nimble mountaineering boots

“Just the right balance of stiffness and agility,” said one tester after three days of summer mountaineering above Chamonix, France. Credit the dual-density PU midsole with a full polypropylene shank for ultra-stable frontpointing and a flexible nylon notch for unencumbered ankle movement. “On low-angled glacial terrain, I could feel the pronounced rocker propelling my strides forward, even with crampons on,” said our tester, who also praised the boot for a precise feel on mixed terrain. A ceramic Cordura fabric in the upper prevents punctures or tears from repeated crampon nicks. A matrix of tiny ceramic beads forms a breathable armor that showed no visible weakness even after purposeful attempts to puncture it. Expect to use these 1 lb., 11 oz. boots for several years. Compatible with semi-automatic crampons. $400;

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