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96 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
These are easily among some of my all-time favorite hiking boots. I’ve had the pleasure of field testing plenty of men’s footwear over the years, but there’s just something about the Dakota Lite GTX that makes them so enjoyable to wear outdoors.
I really like them. They are a very comfortable boot, and having walked Pendle Hill (and Snowdon, in April) in them, I can honestly say that I had no discomfort at all during or after the hikes.
- The Dakota Lite GTX is an over-the-ankle hiking gear with a one-piece nubuck leather upper. Its waterproofing is powered by Gore-Tex’s Performance Comfort liner.
- It features the Intelligent Flex System (with instep notch) and an engineered tongue. The former promotes natural forefoot flex and improves shin mobility, while the latter enhances in-shoe comfort and prevents pressure points.
- The boot has a polyurethane (PU) midsole for shock absorption, underfoot comfort, and stability. It tapers toward the forefoot, giving the boot an adequate drop.
- Crafted by Vibram, the Dakota Lite GTX’s outsole comes ready for virtually all sorts of terrain with its textured lugs. It has a semi-blocked heel to assist wearers during heel strikes.
Garmont’s Dakota Lite GTX is a men’s high-cut backpacking footgear with an adequately true-to-size fit. It comes in D – standard width. It is listed in several whole and half sizes. Its Classic Fit gives the forefoot and instep zones more room. The boot is also built with the G-beneFit—a Garmont design technology that highlights the natural contours of the foot. Getting a personalized fit is via the boot’s traditional lace-up closure.
Part of Garmont's Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.) are the precision lacing and natural flex. This set of features enables the boot to flex like the foot for walking comfort. Another component belonging to the a.d.d. are differential ankle pads. They create a secure lockdown to enhance support and stability.
Equipped with the Vibram Winkler rubber outsole, the Dakota Lite GTX promises to keep the user’s footing secure and planted whether on level ground or rocky terrain. Its grip performance mainly comes from its outlying blocky lugs, as well as on the multi-directional, chevron protrusion at the center. This specific outsole also has a protective tip which serves as the boot’s toe bumper.
With the boot’s hefty yet cushy, dual-density midsole, users are given underfoot protection with a good amount of comfort. As it is made of polyurethane, this layer has lasting durability and possesses ample resistance to abrasions, wear and tear.
On top of the midsole for cushioning, the Dakota Lite GTX also comes with the lightweight Alveolen footbed. It is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate which makes it both soft and resilient.
The Garmont Dakota Lite GTX has a 2-millimeter thick nubuck leather upper engineered with the waterproof yet breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner. The upper’s base is reinforced with a rubber rand for abrasion and scuff protection. The boot’s closure system consists of synthetic laces and metallic loops, a pair of webbing loops and speed hooks.
This backpacking boot comes with an asymmetrical tongue and asymmetrical cuff for stability and comfort. The former also supplies the user with better control. The mentioned components belong to Garmont's a.d.d.