We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most owners of the Mountain Guide Pro GTX attested that it rendered good grip.
  • It was a robust footgear, based on a couple of user reviews.
  • A portion of online buyers lauded its functional waterproofness.
  • The warmth of this Garmont boot was commended by an expert reviewer.
  • According to the majority, it was a comfortable pair of mountaineering boots.
  • A gear critic appreciated how the Garmont Mountain Guide Pro GTX fits his crampons securely.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An alpinist commented that it lacks shock absorption; thus he had to use it with two insoles.
  • An experienced mountaineer did not like its not-so-thick treads which tend to wear out quickly.

Bottom line

The Mountain Guide Pro GTX proved its readiness for alpine ascents through its pleasing comfort and compatibility with crampons. Also, those who will embark on wintry pursuits may find its insulation reassuring. However, it still gained disapproval for a couple of issues. To sum up, the Garmont Mountain Guide Pro GTX—with the help of a shock-absorbent aftermarket insole—is a piece of footgear that can take outdoorsmen to the summit.


Cut: High cut
Price: $300
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Weight: Men: 34.9oz
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Brand: Garmont
Material: Leather
Technology: Gore-Tex
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  • 100 / 100 | Terra Incognita NZ | Level 1 expert

    Since then I have done many climbs in these and have found them to be durable and they certainly seem to be holding up well to the relatively long approaches that are common in NZ.

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  • Ideally crafted for alpine guides and experienced mountaineers, the Mountain Guide Pro GTX is ready for winter expeditions under 5,000 m. It has a one-piece Perwanger leather upper lined with a Gore-Tex laminate which makes the boot weatherproof. A 360-degree rubber rand amplifies its scuff resistance.
  • The Mountain Pro component set comprises bi-density midsole, three PU inserts, and Frameflex Carbon insole. This feature is in charge of underfoot cushioning, stability and crampon compatibility. It also includes a Vibram outsole which has aggressive, widely-spaced lugs for traction on most types of terrain.

The Mountain Guide Pro GTX is a high-cut mountaineering boot for men. It is available in medium (D) width and regular sizes. It reasonably runs true to size.

Thanks to its single lace lock and traditional lace-up closure, users can personalize the boot’s overall fit and volume. It uses the Alpine fit last which gives it a roomy toe box. The stretch fabric used in its cushioned tongue and collar hugs the foot.

The Mountain Guide Pro GTX employs a grippy Vibram Titus outsole. It has self-cleaning lugs which aid in maintaining traction. Some boots have a textured finish to boost adhesion on ground surfaces. The central lugs provide multidirectional traction while the concave heel heightens its braking power, especially on steep descents.

Underfoot cushioning and forefoot sensitivity primarily come from the boot’s dual-density microporous midsole. For stability and shock absorption, the brand’s designers added a PU insert to the heel area. There are also PU insets at the toe and heel zones which receive crampons. A lightweight carbon-fiber insole (Frameflex Carbon) for rigidity and a 2.5 mm microporous top layer for enhanced cushioning complements the Mountain Pro sole unit.

Additionally, hiker’s foot rests on a thermal footbed with Primaloft 200 g insulation. It helps maintain a warm and cozy environment even in low temperatures.

A hard-wearing 3 mm one-piece Perwanger leather makes up the upper of this mountaineering boot from Garmont. It comes with a Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort laminate which creates a waterproof, warm and breathable in-shoe feel. The rubber rand which wraps the lower part of the upper amplifies its durability and abrasion resistance. 

It wears the brand-owned Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.) which includes an asymmetrical cuff and anatomical tongue to provide stability and control. The differential ankle pads work with the heel lock technology to prevent slippage. With its precision lacing, accompanied by combination eyelets, the boot flexes naturally with the foot.

  • This Garmont boot is compatible with step-in crampons.


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.