Verdict from 8.1 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the Garmont Integra High WP Thermal reviews speak of its exceptional lightness.
  • Most people say that it is very comfortable.
  • It stays grippy in a few inches of snow, says one avid hiker.
  • Some customers are impressed that the Garmont Integra High WP Thermal winter boots have kept their feet warm when hiking in 20-degree temperatures.
  • This lightweight boot has functional features without the weird colorways that Garmont tends to go, says one reviewer.
  • It’s high enough to perfectly stabilize the ankle, according to a few customers.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some people say that this boot runs very narrow.

Bottom line

Grippy, warm, comfortable, and waterproof - the Garmont Integra High WP Thermal has pretty much everything one would need from a winter hiking boot. Designed for the young and dynamic spirits, it’s essentially lightweight as well. 

This tough hiker has truly won the hearts of many with its protective and functional features. But since there are issues about it being narrow, it’s always best to get an actual fitting first before making a purchase.

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Expert reviews:

  • This high-cut version of the Integra boot features a protective upper made of wear-resistant synthetic. The shoe interior is padded with 200 grams of Primaloft insulation to keep the foot warm in really cold weather conditions. Meanwhile, the G-Dry construction protects against wind and water while providing some breathability.
  • The upper is built using the ErGo-last for an ergonomic and comfortable fit. Meanwhile, the Double Damper technology offers enhanced cushioning for the foot, thereby reducing fatigue.
  • Its Vibram Extended outsole features the Ice Trek compound that stays grippy even in low temperatures for a safe and efficient hike.

The Garmont Integra High WP Thermal boots are a high-top model with a lace-to-toe closure for a secure fit. It extends up to the collar, giving the wearer an option to adjust the tightness of the shoe around the ankle differently from the forefoot. The fabric upper is also stretchy, wrapping the foot comfortably. Lastly, this boot is constructed using an ErGo last - an anatomical last with rounded contours that cradle the foot particularly around the heel and arch areas. It doesn't just create a custom fit but also offers enhanced support and cushioning.

This boot has a roomy toe box to accommodate the natural position of the big toe. Also, the differential ankle pads securely lock the heel in place for a precise fit around the ankle bones.

This shoe features a Vibram Extended outsole that contains the Ice Trek compound - a high-quality rubber specifically developed for winter hiking. Unlike traditional soles, the Vibram Extended is relatively softer which allows it to adhere to smooth surfaces and grip on ice. The multi-directional small pointed lugs offer improved traction on wet and slippery trails while the wide contact surfaces allow for better stability while walking. 

Furthermore, this outsole is non-marking which means it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

The Integra High WP Thermal boot makes use of an EVA midsole, like most other hiking boots. What makes this shoe unique, however, is the integration of the Dual Damper technology - a two-part system that promotes shock absorption. Basically, it is consists of a midsole shock absorber, the Frameflex midsole, and an internal shock absorber. The EVA midsole "dampens" ground impact while the internal EVA midsole "dampens" heel impact. These result in increased cushioning and less fatigue. Meanwhile, the Frameflex insole helps lessen foot movement within the shoe for greater stability and comfort.

The boot also comes with a thermal footbed with an aluminum layer for added warmth.

This shoe features a synthetic upper that is highly resistant to wear. It's constructed using the Garmont’s Anatomically Directed Design (ADD) technology, featuring an asymmetrical cuff, an anatomical tongue, and a roomy toe box. The G-Dry construction keeps the foot protected from wind and water. Lastly, the extended rubber toe cap and heel backstay help protect against abrasion and impact.

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How Integra High WP Thermal compares

This shoe: 86
All shoes average: 88
39 99
This shoe: $180
All shoes average: $205
$45 $495
This shoe: 18.3oz
All shoes average: 20.9oz
8.3oz 43oz
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.

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