Verdict from 19 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • A couple of mountaineers testified to the boot’s reliable traction.
  • It was a surprisingly comfortable product, based on a written review.
  • An expert reviewer mentioned that despite its over-the-ankle collar, it did not compromise flexibility.
  • The roomy toe box was appreciated by an outdoor enthusiast.
  • According to a gear tester, it provided warmth in temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Farenheit), making it compatible for winter hikes.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It runs small, according to an aficionado.
  • An expert was a tad disappointed with its lack of lace lock on the front that made lacing up more tedious.

Bottom line

Flexibility, traction, and comfort—these three were the prime benefits of the Garmont Tower Plus LX GTX. It received appreciation for its performance on the outdoors. A couple of mishaps though, which includes a missing lace lock and its sizing issue, dampened the boot’s already good reputation. To sum up, those interested with the Garmont Tower Plus LX GTX must consider sizing up and explore lacing techniques to get the best out of it.

Good to know

  • Garmont’s Tower Plus LX GTX is an over-the-ankle boot with a full leather upper. It comes with a protective Helix rubber rand can render grip during climbs. A Gore-Tex laminate makes it weatherproof while the Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.) optimizes comfort.
  • The component set featured in this mountaineering boot is the Tower Evo. It includes a PU midsole, heel PU crampon insert, insole (nylon and fiberglass) and a Vibram Mulaz Evo outsole for traction. The Tower Evo for women comes with an additional microporous insert at the heel.

The Tower Plus LX GTX mountaineering boot caters to men and women. It generally runs true to size and comes in standard width. It is offered in whole and half sizes. Likewise, it is designed with a roomier toe box for better propulsion.

The Vibram Mulaz Evo outsole has deep treads which allow it to self-clean, shedding off mud to prevent slips and falls. The clover-like lugs at the center provide multi-directional traction. Its large contact area at the toe and heel enhances the boot’s grip, especially during ascents and descents.

This mid-cut mountaineering boot uses a dual-density PU injected midsole for long-lasting cushioning. A tech PU crampon insert sits atop of it which yields stability. The brand also added a lightweight nylon and fiberglass insole with air chambers to add support. The topmost layer is a 2.5 mm microporous layer which enhances cushioning and comfort.

Additionally, a Progressive Lasting Board matches the stiffness underfoot to the length of the boot for a more uniform flex. An Alveolen footbed, on the other hand, enhances cushioning and renders insulation.

The upper of the Garmont Tower Plus LX GTX is primarily made of durable 2.2 mm suede leather. Its base is wrapped by a Helix rubber rand which adds stability and protection. A one-piece Schoeller stretch fabric is used in the boot’s flex insert, tongue and collar. Also, its interior is lined with a moderately insulated Gore-Tex Performance Comfort for optimal breathability and waterproofing.

Featuring Garmont’s Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.), it has an asymmetrical cuff and anatomical tongue for better control on the trails. Its differential ankle pads help keep the heel in place. Allowing the boot to move in sync with the user’s foot is its precision lacing and the Intelligent Flex System at the ankle area.

  • This boot is compatible with semi-automatic crampons.

How Tower Plus LX GTX compares

This shoe: 81
All shoes average: 83
55 97
This shoe: $400
All shoes average: $461
$175 $1250
This shoe: 26.8oz
All shoes average: 30.6oz
18.7oz 54oz
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.