The Garmont Pinnacle was £200 back in 2008, when alternatives such as the Scarpa Manta were £185 and the Meindl Matterhorn was £199. The fact that the Pinnacle is still £200 just shows what excellent value it is now, although perhaps it was overpriced back in 2008! Either way it is a great boot that is ideal for the British hill-walker. You get a 2.8mm suede leather upper and this is protected by a high rubber rand that extends all the way around the boot. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining too. The outsole is a very aggressive Vibram unit with deep, well-spaced lugs that grip without dragging the mud with you on every step. The sole stiffness is ideal for holding an edge when climbing, and you get a very good ‘rocker’ action too to provide easy walking. There is a double tongue to enhance the comfort. All these features make it ideal for both mountaineering glacier travel and winter walking too. But for this price there are some other slightly lighter boots around. If you prefer a higher ankle then the Mammut Monolith is a better option, but it does really depend on the ankle cuff height you want. The Garmont Pinnacle lacks the style of some of the boots with striking synthetic uppers, and if you prefer a more climbing-orientated boot then again the Mammut Monolith is a better choice.
Upper 2.8mm suede leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Teton
Sizes 6-13½ (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2270g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 20
If you wanted a Scarpa Manta but prefer to pay less, then get a Garmont Pinnacle as it is ideal for UK winter walking if the extra weight is not a problem.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010