Zamberlan Launches Speed Hiking Shoe
New Zamberlan shoe is designed for fast walking in the outdoors
Posted: 15 April 2013
Unleashed for this spring 2013 is a new 'speed hiking' shoe from Zamberlan called the Crosser, the higher-ankled Plus version of which has already landed an Editor's Choice award from respected Stateside magazine Backpacker.
'Speed hiking' - and yes, we did the raised eyebrows and quizical narrowing of the eyes thing too - is, it says here: 'an athletic and skilful combination of the fundamentals of running, hiking and Nordic Walking'. Which in our book makes it 'fast walking', so there you go, the Crosser is designed for fast walking use.
Essentially it's an outdoor trainer with some of the attributes of a classic running shoe design with more ruffty tuffty outdoor-friendly features. Underfoot there's a five-piece, dual-density EVA midsole and Vibram® outsole, with TPU stabilizers and heel counters. Classic running shoe technology in other words and you can see from looking at the stack height of the heel that it should be quite a cushioned ride.
Cordura With Kevlar
The upper is a synthetic Cordura fabric incorporating Kevlar for toughness, with a Gore-Tex liner for waterproofing and there's an all-round rubber rand for abrasion resistance plus moulded thermoplastic heel and toe protectors.
Zamberlan claims a weight of 400g per shoe which is decently rather than incredibly light, but then it seems to be at the more protective and cushioned end of the market rather than a minimalist, ultra-light shoe. There's also a Crosser Plus mid version which weighs an extra 709g per shoe more and covers your ankles.
The low-cut Crosser is available in both men's and women's versions with a price-tag of £120. Looks like it should be an interesting all-round walking shoe option from a classic outdoor footwear brand with excellent build quality and expertise.
More information at www.zamberlan.com.
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