Verdict from 1 expert and 49 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Several owners came away super impressed with the Garmont Ascent GTX’s grip performance.
  • This mountaineering boot was praised by a reputable review website for being shockingly lightweight.
  • Less than a handful of wearers couldn’t help but appreciate the towering sturdiness of this footwear.
  • A gear critic regarded the Ascent GTX as spectacular in terms of comfort.
  • The boot’s stabilizing capability was highly commended by an expert reviewer.
  • One footwear blogger only had adoration for the gear’s splendid support system.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A professional footgear tester complained about the Garmont Ascent GTX’s unyielding stiffness.
  • Its default footbed was criticized by a professional reviewer for being uninspiringly plain.

Bottom line

In terms of comfort and build toughness, the Garmont Ascent GTX radiates with excellence. It is also an amazingly lightweight climbing gear that exudes brilliance on the surface traction front. That said, concerning its footbed, this boot might fall short of some people’s expectations. To sum up, the Ascent GTX is deserving of the attention of mountaineers, despite its unremarkable stock insole.

Good to know

  • The Ascent GTX is a mountaineering boot tailored for climbers who require a balance of lightness and stability in their performance. Its suede leather upper offers a dry kind of comfort thanks to its Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner.
  • A bi-microporous midsole made of rubber is what keeps the wearer’s bearings steady over mountainous terrain. What anchors users in over craggy surfaces, on the other hand, is the Vibram Nepal outsole. Together, they make up the majority of the boot’s underfoot component set which also includes the Frameflex Mid insole and the Tech PU crampon insert.

A mid-cut, adequately true-to-size mountaineering boot for men and women is the Garmont Ascent GTX. It comes in regular width in a number of half and full sizes. Its lace-to-toe closure provides a personalized lockdown. This lacing system also promotes sensitivity and gives users the ability to adjust the boot’s forefoot volume.

Garmont’s Ascent GTX relies on its Vibram Nepal outsole in providing climbers with an adequate amount of grip on rugged terrain. Its self-cleaning lugs, which are a combination of blocky and triangular protrusions, produce multi-directional traction. Its semi-blocked forefoot zone made of a sticky compound is engineered specifically to aid users during tricky ascents. Its rearfoot region, on the other hand, is given a heel brake, improving the boot’s descent control capability. 

Thanks to the footgear’s bi-microporous rubber midsole, mountaineers can travel over rough terrain with enough comfort and footing security. Its forefoot region is engineered to provide stability, while the rest of its layer is crafted mostly for cushioning. It is engineered with the FrameFlex Mid insole—A Garmont-exclusive footboard that gives the boot flexibility and bolsters the main midsole unit’s stabilizing capability. Over at the gear’s heel is the Tech PU crampon insert. This implement provides not only crampon security but also shock-absorbing comfort. 

The footbed with which the boot comes by default offers additional comfort underfoot. This insole is made of antimicrobial felt which improves internal air circulation and reduces odor buildup. 

The Garmont Ascent GTX’s over-the-ankle upper is made of suede leather at 1.8 millimeters thick. It has ample abrasion resistance thanks to the Cordura inserts reinforcing its heel and forefoot zones. Its Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner defends the boot from intrusive wet elements while leaving the footwear’s interior breathable. Rounding out all things upper is the boot’s lace-to-toe closure system which is made up of combination eyelets and synthetic laces. 

  • This gear is compatible with hybrid crampons.


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