I was honestly quite surprised when these arrived in the mail. I was expecting something a bit more lightweight and agile, but after an extended break-in period, I’ve really come to love these boots. I mean, any boot that has a Vibram Maton outsole and a GoreTex upper is off to a great start, right? These boots climb well, they’re very supportive, and they’re so waterproof you could walk through puddles just for fun. Think of them like your favorite pair of mountaineering boots, just cut down to ankle height. It doesn’t matter if I’m scrambling a class 4 ridge, or walking to my truck in a wet spring snowstorm, I want something on my feet that won’t let me down—the Garmont Dragontail MTN GTX haven’t let me down.
The outsole has edging platforms on the front and back, 6mm deep lugs, and a concave heel for added stability during the descent. I’ve been in these boots for quite awhile now, and the outsole is showing very little sign of wear. The midsole has a dual density rubber midsole, a PU heel insert and a removable insole. The upper is made of 1.8mm water repellant suede, has a rubber rand around the front and back, and has laces that go all the way down to the toes for added stability. As I said before, the GoreTex liner really is a lifesaver. Even walking through standing water my feet stayed dry (just make sure it’s not over ankle height, of course).
Just like all mountaineering boots, don’t expect love at first hike. These didn’t become fully broken in until about 75 miles in. That’s not to say that they were miserable during that time, in fact they weren’t. I tested a size 10, and they were perfectly true to size all the way around.
As I said before, these aren’t super lightweight, but 1 lb 4.7 oz is reasonable considering how supportive and durable these are. All in all, I’ve had nothing but good experiences in these shoes, and I would recommend them for a wide array of outdoor adventuring.
Weight: 1 lb 4.7 oz
Best used for: Climbing, hiking, active lifestyle