The sole unit lifts the Garmont Tower Lite GTX above many of its competitors as it has a very good level of stiffness in the sole for its weight. The sole means this boot can cope with rockier ground far better than lesser options. There is a good level of grip from the widely spaced studs as well, and so this is a good option for rougher hill and mountain terrain. The upper is a mix of suede and mesh, and this is somewhat softer and perhaps not ideally matched to the sole. But it works okay and there is at least good stiffness in the toe box and heel plus a huge rubber rand at the toe for better durability. The result is a comfortable upper and a stiff sole and this feels good on rough hill terrain. Add in a weight of just 1548g (pair, size 11) and a price of £130 and this is a very good boot for hill walkers. But the Garmont Tower Lite GTX’s soft upper does feel a little strange when bonded to such a stiff sole, and certainly the sole is better suited to the rockiest of terrain than the upper. For more money there are boots with a better blend of features for the rockiest of terrain.
Upper suede leather, synthetic fabric; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Nepal
Sizes 5-13½ (men’s); 3-9½ (women’s)
Weight 1548g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the Uk no info provided
The Garmont Tower Lite GTX is a good boot for the price and weight, and good for general hill-walking on and off the path.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011