Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Virtually everyone who reviewed the Millet High Route GTX spoke of its outstanding level of comfort.
  • Some customers applauded the water protection offered by this above-the-ankle boot.
  • The High Route GTX impressed a user with its mind-blowing lightness.
  • A consumer praised the footgear’s unbelievable grip performance.
  • Its super-sturdy construction stunned a reviewer.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This Millet trekking gear was criticized by a few wearers for lacking ample breathability.
  • Less than a handful of testers didn’t like the bagginess of the shoe’s width.

Bottom line

Something quite special awaits backpackers who would give the High Route GTX a try. Indeed, those who choose to don this lightweight boot would find themselves backpacking for miles with superior comfort and surface traction. That said, it might not be the ideal footgear to wear for when the weather gets a bit too hot. Overall, thanks to its list of trekking-worthy characteristics, the Millet High Route GTX is a great investment. However, potential buyers should note that they might get sweaty feet from time to time.

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Good to know

  • The High Route GTX is a Millet offering designed to give wearers a secure yet comfortable experience in their backpacking escapades. It comes engineered with a Gore-Tex laminate for protection against the elements. It is made adequately stiff overall to accommodate light crampons.
  • Its amply rigid upper is built with the AFC system. This construction technology takes into consideration the foot’s natural flex points to grant users enhanced maneuverability.

A mid-cut backpacking gear for men is the Millet High Route GTX. This footgear runs true to size according to the brand. It is offered in regular width in half and whole sizes. Its volume may be adjusted to give wearers a personalized lockdown with the use of the boot’s front closure.

This trekking footgear from Millet promises sufficient surface traction with its Vibram outsole, called Winkler Evo. It is built with high-profile lugs—those rectangular protrusions along its borders and V-shaped studs at its center—to provide backpackers with multi-directional grip over challenging terrain. The engineering of its heel region allows for improved control during descents.

The footing stability and underfoot comfort provided by the High Route GTX come from its dual-density EVA midsole. Its hefty heel zone is made of Phylon (compressed EVA pellets), making it adequately resilient yet flexible and lightweight. Millet designers paired this stabilizing layer with a footbed for additional cushioning.

What encloses the foot in the High Route GTX is the gear’s velvety over-the-ankle upper made chiefly of nubuck leather. It has a synthetic overlay at the heel for added support and a rubber rand covering the rest of the upper’s lower section for scrape and scuff protection. A Gore-Tex membrane is engineered within the walls of its inner liner, imbuing the shoe with waterproofing and making it sufficiently breathable at the same time.

Giving this trekking boot a touch of modernity is its lacing system. Backing up this claim is its combination eyelets which are comprised of fabric lace loops and metallic hooks. The lace making its way through these eyelets is synthetic.


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