Zamberlan Expert 4041 Pro GTX RR

Author: [ smburt ]   Contact Author: smburtTue Apr 19 23:35:14 UTC 2011

4041 Expert Pro GT RR

Want a boot suited for a full day of climbing on waterfalls? Zamberlan makes a wide range of boots for Alpine environments. I selected the 4041 Expert Pro model because they are designed for rigid crampons, they’re warm, Gore Tex lined, and beautifully crafted with up to 3mm Hydrobloc infused Swiss Perwanger leather uppers and a wrap around rubber rand. The lace cleats and double tongue system provide custom fit for a variety of walking and climbing situations. A rigid platform comes from the Carbon Flex midsole making the boot stiff and stable. Finally, to bottom it all off, a Vibram Teton sole gives great grip on rock and dirt.

These replaced an ancient pair of poorly fitting Asolo boots, and with the exception of newer materials and sole construction, these are built exactly the same way. Double tongue construction for custom fit, full wrap around toe rand, Vibram soles, all characteristics of a winning mountaineering boot design. This is endearing Italian craftsmanship and engineering at its best. It’s hard to improve on perfection.

The 4041’s are built for ice climbing, high level alpine use, and glacier approaches. Not a multi day boot, as they don’t have removable liners. In my tests, I snowshoed 14Km in them, and ice climbed short pitches in New Brunswick that were rated between WI 3 and 4. They accepted my Petzl Dartwin rigid crampons with ease, but slogging for so long in stiff soled boots and snowshoes was pretty hard on my feet. I wanted something that gave more to my foot’s inherent flex. Perhaps working the double tongue’s custom fit might improve this. This would be critical for a trek in the mountains. I don’t blame the boot for this. The rigid nature is key for ice climbing, and edging on rock. The boots felt transparent on the ice. They felt like solid extensions of my crampon points.

Tempereture wise, they’re rated down to -20C, but I never got a chance to wear them in conditions that cold. There is padding and insulation in the mid sole, the uppers and tongue, but little beyond the 3mm leather in the foot compartment. You can buy insulated super gaitors that add some extra warmth to the boot.

Style wise, the green stands out, and the leather is beautiful! The cleats are so cool both to look at, and in how they function. If you’re going conservative, there are no color options beyond green for this model. Gone is the old brown or black leather look. That seems to be the trend these days to use colored leather, or other exterior fabrics. If you got cool high end boots, they want them to stand out.

Shannon Burt,
East coast editor

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