Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • According to most Millet Bouthan GTX reviews, this boot might be stiff at first but once broken in, it feels so comfortable and supple.
  • It's a pretty solid boot that's meant for the toughest hikes, note several reviewers.
  • Out of a handful of reviews, most verified buyers find the traction of the Bouthan GTX really good, especially in snow, mud, and rock.
  • It's an extremely durable boot, writes an expert reviewer.
  • An avid hiker who tested this product in variable weather conditions says that despite having a waterproof membrane, this boot surprises with good breathability. 
  • Two expert reviewers also give it high remarks for being greatly supportive.

1 reasons not to buy

  • These boots are quite heavy, note a few customers.

Bottom line

A rugged all-terrain leather boot for hiking and trekking, the Millet Bouthan GTX has gotten the approval of many for its rugged construction, reliable waterproofing, and superior traction. Despite the thick upper and Goretex membrane, this boot seems to breathe pretty well. Thanks to the perforated leather upper. What's more, it's super supportive - a crucial quality that avid hikers look for in a boot.

This boot is on the heavy side, which makes it highly suitable for backpacking and multi-day hikes.

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Expert Reviews

85 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Hosking Hikes | Level 1 expert

    The Millet Bouthan GTX is a heavy duty hiking boot capable of handling the roughest country.

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-This highly protective boot is equipped with the Goretex waterproof membrane that seals out rain, slush or water.

-The Vibram semi-rigid sole comes with aggressive lugs and an integral polyurethane shock absorber for a smooth and comfortable stride. 

-This alpine trekking boot also features a rugged Nubuck leather upper with a stone guard and full rubber rand.

The Millet Bouthan GTX is a mid-top model with the tongue extending up and above the collar. It has a wrap-around lacing system that stretches to the toes for a secure and snug fit. This type of closure, also known as the "lace-to-toe" system, lets the wearer adjust the tightness in the midfoot separately from the ankle for a personalized fit. 

Furthermore, this boot features a roomy toebox, a semirigid flex structure, and a leather upper that conforms to the wearer's feet, becoming their "second skin" once completely broken in.

Designed for alpine trekking, the Bouthan features a Vibram outsole with multidirectional lugs for enhanced traction on varying terrain. This model suits wet and dry surfaces, including loose dirt, packed soil, and mud. Its outsole is extra stiff which is needed to keep the boot stable on uneven ground and rocky edges. It's also very durable and resistant to abrasion, tear, and wear.

The Bouthan GTX trekking boots have midsoles made of dual-density EVA. This durable material is incredibly lightweight and absorbs impact well. The EVA midsole ensures that the foot feels comfortable and supported in every step. 

Meant to endure tough trail conditions, this hiker features a thick Nubuck leather (2.6 mm) upper that is tough at first but gets really supple over time. Its collar is also made of Nubuck leather. It has enough padding to it for more comfort and protection. There's a rubber cap protecting the toes, along with a rubber rand for added durability. Lining the shoe interior is the Goretex® bootie Skintec leather that seals out water. 

-Millet is the only brand that uses perforated leather with a Goretex membrane to optimize the breathability of the shoe. Thus, even though Goretex hikers tend to get a little too warm during the summer season, the Bouthan boots help keep the feet cool and fresh.

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com