Summary

We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Some owners found the Tower Hike GTX’s fit very impressive.
  • The women’s version of this Garmont gear was praised by a user for its stunning overall design.
  • A couple of consumers called this boot highly recommendable.
  • Its grippy bottom layer, the Vibram Trek Buff outsole, provides enough traction on the trail.
  • This footgear’s insanely comfortable confines enamored one reviewer.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Tower Hike GTX received a thumbs-down from a female tester for its unflattering stiffness.
  • This outdoor gear may be too expensive for entry-level hikers.

Bottom line

Fit-wise, the Tower Hike GTX is quite astonishing. In terms of aesthetics, it holds its own and may arguably be among Garmont’s finest. Such endearing qualities, among others, make the boot compelling to recommend. That said, a hurdle in the form of inflexibility stands in its way toward regal status. To sum up, to fully take advantage of the Tower Hike GTX and its strengths, wearers must first deal with its rigid construction.

Facts

  • The Tower Hike GTX has lightweight comfort and technical features that are packaged in a contemporary design. It comes engineered with the Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d) technology which capitalizes on the asymmetry of the foot resulting in improved stability and comfort.
  • It comes with a proprietary heel cup, called G-Heel. This Garmont-exclusive technology enhances footwork and provides postural stability on uneven surfaces.
  • Surefootedness on unpredictable terrain is made possible by the amalgamation of the boot’s FrameFlex Lite insole, dual-density midsole with lateral support, and Vibram Trek Buff outsole.

The Garmont Tower Hike GTX is a mid-cut boot for both male and female hikers. Its adequately true-to-size fit is intended specifically for regular-footed wearers. It comes in full and half sizes. This boot is categorized (by Garmont) as a Performance shoe, which means its forefoot has more volume and its instep is roomier than usual. Its lace-up closure provides a personalized fit, while its pull tabs (one at the heel and another at the tongue) speed up on and off. The boot flexes with the foot thanks to its Precision Lacing and natural flex—features that are part of Garmont’s a.d.d.

To grant trail lovers the right amount of surface traction on the trail, Garmont engineers opted to give the Tower Hike GTX a heavy-duty outsole in the name of Vibram Trek Buff. It bites into loose and soft soil and provides enough grip in almost every angle with the aid of its blocky lugs.

Shielding the foot from bumpy and pointy terrain elements and giving footing stability at the same time is the footgear’s dual-density EVA midsole. It is engineered with enhanced lateral support, further bolstering the hiker’s steadiness on rugged surfaces.

Additional underfoot cushioning is brought forth by the boot’s nylon insole, called FrameFlex Lite. It is designed to give extra support with its extra-thick center. It also promotes forefoot flexibility, thanks to the medial zone’s lateral slashes.

Garmont’s Tower Hike GTX has a supportive over-the-ankle upper made of 1.6-mm suede leather. It comes built with two notable technologies—Garmont’s G-Heel and Gore-Tex’s Performance Comfort. The former provides extra heel support, while the latter grants breathability and waterproofing. Its eyelets are a combination of metallic hooks and leather lace loops, while its laces are synthetic.

The shoe’s asymmetrical cuff, anatomical tongue and differential ankle pads are what constitute Garmont's a.d.d technology. Together, these subcomponents give hikers enhanced terrain stability, movement control, and comfort.

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.

paul@runrepeat.com