Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
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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.
Updates to Garmont Mountain Guide Pro GTX
- 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.
Garmont Mountain Guide Pro GTX size and fit
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 cleats 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.