Garmont Vetta Mnt GTX (2012)

Garmont has done a great job with the Garmont Vetta Mnt GTX boot. In one package it has managed to pack in all the key scrambling features and yet still give a great level of walking comfort. What’s best though is that it manages to do this all for under £200. You wouldn’t really be able to stick a pair of crampons on them, and the flex is not stunningly progressive, but in every other sense they punch well above their weight. The rand in particular is chunky, and it manages to offset the slightly soft uppers with the end result of producing solid and reliable foot jams. Under the toes there is a precise feel on smaller holds, but elsewhere the edges of the sole flare out a bit too much, which results in a less confident feel when these areas are used on smaller holds. Climbing zone lugs further enhance grip on rock, while a moderately aggressive tread pattern competently deals with mud, slippery vegetation and scree.
The Garmont Vetta Mnt GTX offers a nicely lightweight package that will suit scramblers who pursue steep rock in the UK during all but the chilliest times of year. 

 

Upper materials 1.8mm suede with abrasion-resistant mesh

Waterproof lining Gore-Tex Sierra

Sole unit Vibram Mulaz

Women’s sizes 3-9

Men’s sizes 5-13

Weight 1280g (pair, size 11)

Website www.garmont.com

 

Verdict

Garmont Vetta Mnt GTX scrambling boots strike a good balance between walking comfort and technical ability. The flex and edge support are on the soft side, but this is the only compromise on all but the hardest moves. They won the ‘Best Value’ award in our test.

 

Review by Jeremy Ashcroft

First published in Trail magazine April 2012