About the Garmont Brand
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The stalwart Italian footwear company Garmont has developed a lot of innovations over the last 140 years, but Anatomically Directed Design is easily of the most significant. Engineered to better support the natural contours and biomechanical movements of your feet, this comfort-enhancing technology is what makes Garmont boots excel at keeping you going strong, mile after mile. Anatomically Directed Design is also what helps Garmont hiking boots supply an incredible blend of support and cushioning over a wide spectrum of terrain. Whether you’re trekking in the Grand Canyon or blasting down couloirs in the French Alps, Garmont shoes and boots deliver world-class performance for trekking, climbing and skiing.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Flyphihsr from PA on Saturday, February 18, 2017A little tight, I would order a size up. Great shoe at a super price.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Edward Abbey from New York on Thursday, February 16, 2017I've had these "shoots" (shoe/boots) for about 3 weeks. I'll update stars and information as I get it. I feel like you can't really give a thorough review of any footwear until you've put it through a year of solid work. Here are my first impressions.
Good fit. Hint: Figure out your European size (mine is a 44) and use that instead of the U.S. size. It's way more accurate. I've had boots and shoes that said they were 9 to 10.5 US, but all said 44 EUR and they all fit. Why is this? Because we're the last holdout that doesn't use the metric system I'd guess. So look at all your best shoes and check the EUR size. Stick with that. None of your shoes are made in the States.
I bought a US 10.5 EUR 44 and it's a solid fit. I have low volume feet and there is enough spacing so I'm not cinching the shoot laces flush: I can tighten with thin socks and it fits my foot with a heavy smartwool sock. If you have very big round feet, I might suggest going up a half size. If you are average volume to low volume, you should get a true fit.
The "shoots" are heavy. This is, as my name for it implies, not a running shoe or house shoe (even though the title calls it a "shoe"). These are boots with a shoe cut. Due to this, a little break-in has been required. I had some soreness around the front of my ankles, but that's dissipating now. The traction is excellent. It's even good on wet ceramic floors. It's very aggressive so not ideal for city walking, but very good for snow, mud, wet grass, and dirt. A little slippery on ice (go figure), but not horrible.
The waterproofing is excellent. They've kept my feet dry. They are quite warm, even with all the poly mesh ventilation between the leather. They have very good support. My feet have been comfortable with a daily walk to and from work of about 3 miles, and then a workday on my feet most of it. The inner removable insoles are thick and mold nicely to the foot, adding excellent cushioning to the stiff Morlin outsole. Heel to toe flex is boot stiff (Can't turn it into a "U" easily). Torsion flex is boot stiff (Hold heel and toe, try to twist the "shoot". It won't flex easily). Again, don't confuse these for shoes. Pricey to acceptable at $160, but not a must-have at $100 if you find it on sale.
That's all for now. I've thus far used them on steep terrain in snowstorms, hard rain, ice, mud, slick pavement, working deliveries for kitchens, and a hike now that they've broken in a bit. I would certainly recommend them so long as you understand what you're getting into...not shoes! That's exactly why I bought them and they are working out thus far. Three stars now as I don't know how they will hold up durability-wise. I'll update later. Could be a 4 star boot.
If you want something higher-end, go with the Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo. It's all-around better by a little bit.
If you want something lower-end, go with the Men’s Terrebonne OutDry Extreme Shoe. It flexes more like a shoe.
I hope that helps.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by RTF from Texas on Tuesday, February 14, 2017These are the most comfortable trail shoes I've ever had! Highly recommend
Reviewed by Ben from South Korea on Wednesday, February 1, 2017Great traction on rocks as well as loose leaves and rocks on trails. A bit heavy, but the weight is a trade-off for superior grip and durability. I have worn these for about a month, hiking 400-600 vertical meters 4-5 days per week, and they show no true wear. I am normally between a 9 and 9.5US and the 9.5 fits perfectly. The toe box was a bit tight at the ball (big toe) for the first few days, but they broke in and are really comfortable now. Recommended and would buy again, without question.
Reviewed by LFH from FL on Thursday, January 19, 2017I had this for about a year, only took them to light hikes and the shooting range.
On December I took them to hike a volcano in Guatemala and my feet were killing me, it was a 10K hike with steep descent and uphill. I think if I bought this again I would probably size them like a sneaker and go 1/2 size up, when I wear mid weight socks they're just too tight on the toe box.
The show is well constructed and the sole grips dirt and loose rocks adequately.
Reviewed by John G from Chicago on Friday, January 6, 2017Bought a pair of these boots a couple of years ago and they were perfect...got 'em, put 'em on and they were amazingly comfortable. I wore the first pair out to the point that I figured that I would order another pair but the second pair - same size - were short. I continued to try to wear them and adjusted things like changing out the insoles and wearing different socks thinking that there might be something that I could do to get them to fit comfortably...nope. Finally admitted to myself that the shoes must just have been made shorter somehow and that I was just going to have to write them off. Still wear the old ones for yard work and general mucking around but I'm really disappointed about the size inconsistency. Thought that Garmont would become my go-to brand but they fell short.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Dimako from Upstate NY on Monday, December 12, 2016Have an older model, size 9D fits perfectly in length and width.
Ordered these in 9D again, found them to unwearable by 2 reasons.
First, size 9 is too long. Second, the toe box is humongous, the volume of it is nothing like the older pair I have.
Built like a tank, very hard but thin sole.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by hammer from ohio on Tuesday, November 29, 2016Boot construction is a 5, but fit is only a 4. I normally wear a size 11.5, but that was way too small (STP simple and easy return gets a 5). I would like to have gone a a full size up, but 12 was my only choice. This size just fits. If I were to wear thicker socks I think I would be in trouble. Good ankle support, one piece leather boot (which is hard to find) - overall I am pleased with the boot.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Adil X from Istanbul on Saturday, November 26, 2016Good looking, and gore-tex. The vibram sole probably is good for nature, but not for daily city llife; it is very slippery.
Reviewed by Don from Western NY on Wednesday, November 16, 2016In a time when many hiking shoes lend themselves more to trail running and ultralight backpacking, these are a throwback to stiffer last, a more sturdy footbox, and a more traditional tread design ... you will not mistake these for trail running shoes! The midsole feels stiff and supportive enough to manage a 40lb pack, no problem. Waterproof as advertised. A good option for people who are looking for a stable hiking shoe but don't like full boots, or for all purpose wet weather kicking around town.