The big story about Zamberlan’s 132 Airound GTX shoe is that is uses new technology, called Gore-Tex Surround, which aims to offer breathability underneath the foot as well as via the upper section of the shoe, while still being waterproof. And there are lots of other good features too: it’s Gore-Tex lined so it’s waterproof; the Vibram sole gives good grip and the toe and heel are reinforced to make them extra tough. And despite all this support, the shoe is still quite light (about 790g per pair in size 6.5, somewhere in the middle of the shoes in this test).
I tested the shoes hiking in the Lake District in warm weather, over some pretty rough terrain, including for a long walk in to a climb, carrying a heavy pack. And actually the only thing I didn’t get on with was the Surround technology – I didn’t like how it makes the shoes high than normal (although you’d get used to this), and didn’t notice if they were any more breathable than usual. Everything else was great: they’re grippy, supportive and very comfortable, with the laces offering lots of adjustment.
Women’s Zamberlan 132 AIROUND GTX RR Verdict
A great hiking shoe for mixed terrain, with some fancy features that can help or hinder depending on your view.
Value for money: 7