Men: 25oz
Women: 21.5oz
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Garmont Tower Trek GTX was comfortable right out of the box, as exclaimed by a handful of satisfied owners.
  • The majority appreciated the ankle support from the boot's high collar.
  • A few backpacking experts praised the Schoeller stretch fabric on the upper as it conformed to the shape of their foot.
  • Some outdoor enthusiasts were surprised with the lightness of the Tower Trek GTX.
  • It required virtually no breaking in, as testified by several users.
  • A considerable number of hikers applauded its impenetrable waterproofing.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of backpackers said that the Tower Trek GTX from Garmont runs small.

Bottom line

The Tower Trek GTX from Garmont rendered a satisfying performance on the trail. It was complimented by experts and neophytes alike. Its prime aspects include comfort, support and lightness. To summarize, the Garmont Tower Trek GTX is a high-cut boot that grants the necessary features on backpacking trips.



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100 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 by Outside Online • Outside Online • Level 2 expert

    The most comfortable backpacking kicks on the market.

  • 100 / 100 by GearFlogger • GearFlogger • Level 1 expert

    If you're looking for a true mountain trekking boot, the Tower Trek should be at the top of your list.

  • 100 / 100 by AJPagano.com • AJPagano.com • Level 1 expert

    I am thus far, pretty impressed with them.

  • 100 / 100 by Backpacker • cmalexander • Level 1 expert

    Protective materials and a thick outsole mean this mountaineering boot will last.

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Updates to Garmont Tower Trek GTX

  • Garmont created the Tower Trek GTX as a lightweight backpacking boot designed to overcome challenging terrain. It has a leather upper with Gore-Tex, an elastic Schoeller fabric and the brand’s set of components called Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.) feature.
  • Its component sole, the Tower Trek, includes a microporous layer, FrameFlex Mid nylon insole, dual-density rubber midsole and a Vibram New Winkler outsole. This unit promotes comfort and addresses stability and security on the trail.

Garmont Tower Trek GTX size and fit

The Garmont Tower Trek GTX is a high-cut backpacking boot that fairly runs true to size. It comes in standard width and regular sizes. The boot has a spacious instep and forefoot.

The brand’s a.d.d. includes components contributing to the fit. One is its roomy toe box which allows a more propulsive and balanced stride. The Precision Lacing flexes with the foot to make each step comfortable.


The Vibram New Winkler outsole features multidirectional, aggressive lugs which make the Garmont Tower Trek GTX bite on virtually all types of terrain. The strategic spacing of the tread pattern does not allow mud to build up and it channels water out to prevent slips.


Providing lightweight comfort is an Alveolen footbed (EVA, resin and felt). It is backed by a 2.5 mm microporous layer that goes on top of the FrameFlex Mid nylon insole for a more cushioned and comfortable ride. The nylon insole flexes with the foot and brings stability when carrying heavy loads. A bi-density rubber midsole enhances cushioning and stability. It also features the Progressive Lasting Board that yields rigidity regardless of the length of the boot. This backpacking boot is crampon-compatible.


Rendering durability and waterproofness is the suede leather upper lined with Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate. It is coupled with a one-piece construction of the flex insert, tongue and collar for optimal flexibility. A 360-degree rubber rand reinforcement renders protection against scuffs.

Garmont’s proprietary Anatomically Directed Design (a.d.d.) enables the boot to work with the natural biomechanics of the foot. The asymmetrical cuff and anatomical tongue promote comfort and stability. Differential ankle pads secure the heel, and its precision lacing helps keep the foot in place. Additionally, the brand’s Intelligent Flex System allows shin mobility and forefoot flex.

Additional Info

  • This boot is compatible with strap-on crampons.