ZAM­BER­LAN 1000 BALTORO GTX

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OUR TAKE Long ap­proach to your sum­mit ob­jec­tive? The Baltoro has it—and the as­cent—cov­ered. Stiff enough that you can cram­pon across steeps while car­ry­ing a heavy pack, this boot is still comfy for long-haul trips. Like most moun­taineer­ing boots, the Baltoro uses a dual-den­sity PU midsole—in lieu of less durable EVA—but un­like most, the Baltoro has cutouts around the an­kle that pro­mote a smoother stride. “Th­ese boots felt right at home on long, rolling trails,” one tester reports. Make no mis­take, though: The Baltoro ex­cels in ver­ti­cal ter­rain. The midsole features a core stiff­ened by a fiber­glass in­sert, which one tester ap­pre­ci­ated on the 40-de­gree slopes of Colorado’s James Peak. “The boot never felt shaky, let­ting me climb with con­fi­dence.” He also praised the Vi­bram Mu­laz EVO outsole for its broad, flat toe sec­tion that held fast on tricky footholds. THE DE­TAILS The Baltoro has what you want in a moun­taineer­ing boot: durable, full-grain leather up­per, wrap­around rand, waterproof liner, and a heel welt. Our tester re­ported a nor­mal break-in pe­riod for a boot this rigid. Draw­back: The lack of in­su­la­tion makes them un­fit for climbs in truly Arctic con­di­tions. TRAIL CRED “The first quick-lace, set back to­ward the an­kle, pulls the foot for­ward into a se­cure po­si­tion for in­creased pre­ci­sion on steep climbs,” said a Colorado tester after a win­ter of 13,000-foot as­cents. $350; 3 lbs. 10 oz.; m’s 8-13; zam­ber­lanusa.com

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