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Winter can be tough on the feet. It’s wet, cold, and if your feet fall prey to those two things, life sucks. We had a chance to try out some winter footwear from Garmont this season that took care of those things and fit the bill for both town and trails (raise hands in excitement). The Rambler GTX and DragonTail MTN GTX are two models that don’t mess around. These shoes have serious tread, excellent support, and are most importantly, waterproof.
These boots mean business! This is one of those boots that will do a lot and not put up a fuss about it. We wore these boots snowshoeing in Washington, hiking through snow on Mount Shasta, and traveling on some gnarly trails in the North State of California. When you wear these, don’t be surprised if the heel feels a little tight, this is Garmont’s heel lock system. Essentially it help prevent slippage in the heal reducing the opportunities for blisters to form. The higher upper cut adds that much needed ankle support when wearing a pack while the lacing system provides forefoot sensitivity for those technical hikes. Super light weight yet relatively rigid, these boots can travel on trail, over rock, and even in alpine conditions
We recommend working up to higher mileage when first trekking in these boots, our tester noticed it took a few times before he felt the boot was broken in and his feet were comfortable.
These low top, light hikers are awesome for the outdoor lifestyle. If you frequent trails and mountain towns (our favorite is Winthrop, Wa) these might become your go to, especially in wet weather. The GorTex lining means feet stay dry when traipsing through puddles either on trail or through town. The tread has enough grip to handle both dirt and rock for day hikes and longer approaches. We took these shoes on hikes through snow, scrambling on rock, and wore them every day in that small town of Winthrop. We love when shoes work for multiple occasions and think the cut of this shoe rides that line well. Supportive yet low profile, these kicks pair with casual pants just as well as hiking pants.
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