The Garmont Tower GTX is a very modern Alpine-style boot that bridges the gap between walking and climbing boots extremely well. So you get a relatively lightweight upper made from synthetic materials, some leather and a waterproof lining. The upper has a very precise toe fit thanks to the lacing extending to the toe plus an excellent profile for scrambling, via ferrata and climbing. A rubber rand protects the upper from scrapes when climbing. Underfoot there is very good stiffness for climbing too, but importantly there is enough precurvature in the sole to allow easy walking. In the snow you can fit crampons easily and comfortably, and again the stiffness makes snow traverses easy on the foot and secure. The outsole has excellent deep lugs as well as a smooth climbing zone under the toe. This is the best boot here for a mix of easier mountaineering and walking, and it would be ideal in the Alps or regular visits to winter scrambles in the UK. But there are lighter options than the Garmont Tower GTX if walking is more your priority than climbing performance. Also, again if walking is your priority, then some other boots provide a more natural walking action. It is possible that in the long term an upper with less stitching will last longer.
Upper 1.8mm suede leather, synthetic, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Teton
Sizes 6-13½ (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 1884g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 20
If you prefer a more climbing-orientated performance for winter scrambles and Alpine use then the Garmont Tower GTX is the best boot we looked at.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010