For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 19.2ozWomen: 16.4oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
- 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 cleat’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 cleat 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 cleat 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 cleat’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.