The most important characteristic of a boot is its fit. To appreciate a superior fitting boot, you must actively experience the boots on their feet. It is only by wearing and testing a boot that one can verify its perfect compatibility.
Many factors must be considered when designing a perfect fitting boot. Zamberlan’s designs are the product of over 80 years of family research and experience, creating the most anatomically fitting boot possible. Our design process includes: anatomically correct lasts, appropriately sized toe boxes, ankle and torsional support, comfort surrounding the ankle and heel, anatomically sculpted padding, as well as scrupulous craftsmanship in the manufacturing process.
Our men’s and women’s lasts are designed to meet the anatomic and technical needs of our users. For example, we differentiate lasts between our ice-climbing boots and our lightweight trail boots. We also construct our boots using market-specific lasts as our research has shown that needs vary by region.
The Zamberlan fit allows for room in the toe box without feeling cavernous. This permits the toes to wiggle and improves stability. It also contributes to the overall comfort for the user.
We credit our midsoles for the correct flex-points in our boots. An accurate flex-point follows the natural movement of the foot when walking. Our midsoles, in combination with the last and the upper, establish a firm arch and ankle/torsional support. This is essential when carrying loads or traversing.
Our upper designs and padded collars give comfort around the ankle, while ensuring the contact between the boot upper and the foot is even.
The heel and the toe cup, together with the sculptured padding, will help to hold the foot in place and protect it from stones and pointed rocks.
The removable easy-to-wash Zamberlan footbeds are anatomically designed to grant a comfortable home for your feet. They take into account features like shock absorption, moisture and foot perspiration wicking, and internal stability. This ensures a comfortable “inside the boot” environment.
After a short break in period, the true comfort and fit of our bits can be appreciated. The boots will fully adapt to the individual’s foot, soon becoming old friends!
Quality has always been our top priority with no compromise, it is as simple as that.
Quality has always been our top priority, without compromise. We put our utmost efforts, skills, knowledge and passion into each day to achieve a top quality product.
A quality product begins by selecting superior raw materials. We only consider materials that pass our stringent quality standards. All materials are inspected upon arrival. The most crucial materials are inspected off-site.
On-site, our team of qualified and skilled workers is extremely dedicated to their jobs. Each pair of boots is routinely inspected during each stage of the production cycle. Our finishing department makes a rigorous quality check, readily rejecting any pair that does not match the standards we require.
Field tests are carried out before finalizing a new product. The Zamberlan family personally tests new ideas and models: Emilio on his hiking and trekking trips every Sunday, Marco on his ice climbing, scrambling, bouldering, hiking and backpacking, Maria on her hiking and backpacking activity.
Quality also means improving our machinery. This includes tools and construction methods to streamline the manufacturing process. Examples are the F.W.S. (Foot Wrap System) or the R.R.S (Rubber Rand System).
Quality is the reason why the boots of our traditional lines, our “genuine Italian products”, are still produced in Italy, in our factory, where we work every day. We cannot compromise on this based on our ethics towards our workers, as well, our demand for the most consistent quality in our products.
Here following is a list of the most important technical developments we have put in place during more than 70 years of experience in manufacturing top quality mountain boots.
Our high-end styles are all hand crafted in Italy by our expert staff. This ensures a product of high quality and value, taking full care of the details that make Zamberlan® footwear unique.
Some models of the Zamberlan® footwear collection are produced in the European Community by experienced footwear workers. These workers follow highly reliable quality standards. Zamberlan® directly manages the engineering and choice of components in these operations.
Norwegian Welting is a very traditional and extremely resistant construction method. It requires great skill and experience to be executed. The Norwegian Welt 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.
The exclusive, patent-pending Zamberlan® Welted construction 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.
Registered trademark of W.L. Gore & Associates, an international corporation. In 1969 Bob Gore invented the micro porous membrane with remarkable properties of waterproofness and breathability. The effectiveness of the membrane is based on its structural characteristics. It is extremely porous, but the pores are up to 20.000 times smaller than a drop of water – yet approximately 700 times bigger than water vapor molecules produced during perspiration. Therefore, body moisture vapor can pass out through the membrane, while the wet and humidity are kept out. The GORE-TEX® membrane can be bonded to different materials, depending on its use, and used as a lining ensuring the best and most protective microclimate for your feet.
F.W.S – Foot Wrapping System
An exclusive method from Zamberlan to shape the upper with special patented moulds. The foot is perfectly wrapped; sensitivity, control and comfort are enhanced. The one-piece leather upper ensures a greater protection from water and a greater durability.
To reduce the impact of the foot, the Z.C.S. utilizes different types of shock absorbing materials all with high cushioning and stabilizing effects.
Z.A.S. – Zamberlan Air System
Zamberlan’s special construction and design method, combined with the best components to optimize comfort and breathability. Boots crafted accordingly are extremely light weight and very breathable!
Is the trademark internationally recognized for quality, durability and high performance rubber outsoles.
This is the trademark registered by Zamberlan to identify only the best quality leathers, which are tanned following a special treatment that enhances the water-repellence, resistance and durability.
ZFS – Zamberlan® Flex-STM
Zamberlan® Flex-STM (patent) describes the unique multidirectional joint that offers great lateral support, comfort and freedom of movement of the ankle and overall stability. The boot upper flexes exactly trailing the natural foot and lower leg movement, giving lots of lateral support when traversing and on steep and rough terrain.
RRS – Rubber Reinforcement System
A special rubber reinforcement is applied to the upper, using an exclusive technical method developed by Zamberlan, which ensures maximum abrasion resistance, enhances water repellence and helps the boot to keep its shape during extended use.
Z.A.T. – Zamberlan Anti-Torsion System
A unique stabilizer engineered by Zamberlan to achieve the best combination of torsional stability and flexion at the foot’s natural flex point.
PCS – Pro Crampon System
Pro Crampon System: Zamberlan’s proposal for the fully automated crampon compatible footwear. It features a TPU insert in the heel and toe to which crampons are clipped onto an anatomical and full length TPU midsole and a light micro-porous wedge for cushioning and thermal insulation. It ensures overall light weight, greater stability, precision when climbing and complete torsional rigidity.
SEMI PCS – SEMI-Pro Crampon System
SEMI-Pro Crampon System is the method for footwear to be used with semi-articulated crampons. It features a TPU insert in the heel to ease the fixing of the semi-automated crampons, combined with a suitable midsole for the right degree of rigidity.
Foot wrapping last process
Zamberlan Backpacking Last, features a wrapping toe, slightly lower instep, lower overall volume, tighter heel lock area, and a roomy toe area to wiggle toes.
Zamberlan Wide Last, features a rounded toe, higher instep, superior overall volume, wider heel lock area, and a roomy toe area to wiggle toes.
Zamberlan Ladies Fit, features a rounded toe, wrapped instep, firm heel lock area, and roomy toe area to wiggle toes.
Zamberlan Kids Fit, features a rounded toe, wrapped instep, firm heel lock area, and roomy toe area to wiggle toes.
Zamberlan Extreme Climbing Fit, is for shoes built on this downturned, high asymmetrical last that are ideal for more technical climbing and allow the greatest sensitivity for the smallest holds on rock. This last is very precise and exact.
Zamberlan Technical Climbing Last is the ideal last for less demanding yet technical climbers, who look for a multifunctional tool. It features a lower downturn in the shape and is less asymmetrical.
Zamberlan Comfort Climbing Last is for shoes more oriented to provide comfort even after many hours of climbing. It has a flat bottom and it features a lower asymmetry.