Who should buy the Garmont Dragontail LT

The Garmont Dragontail LT is a competent tool for hikes across approaches, thanks to its set of trail-to-rock qualities. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that is engineered for approach travelers who require an extra dose of stability in their step.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that allows its users to tackle mixed terrain and technical rock while carrying heavily loaded packs.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that absorbs shock and stabilizes the wearer’s footing.

Garmont Dragontail LT logo

Excellent surface traction

Where surface traction is concerned, the Dragontail LT relies on its Vibram Q811 outsole. It is based on the XS Trek compound, which provides a combination of adequate sticking power and sensitivity over a variety of terrain.

Garmont Dragontail LT outsole

Offers extra bump protection

Users can expect to remain surefooted on it over loose soil with its low-profile lugs and swirly tread patterns. It covers the front end of the shoe by about half an inch for extra bump protection.

Garmont Dragontail LT outsole 1.0

Delivers sufficient shock absorption and rebound during the transition

With the Garmont Dragontail LT’s hard-wearing midsole, hikers-slash-climbers can keep their balance and experience enough comfort over rugged terrain. It is made with a combination of polyurethane and tri-density microporous rubber. Its heel section is made tough yet cushy to deliver sufficient shock absorption and rebound during transitions.

Garmont Dragontail LT midsole

Rounding out all things midsole in the Dragontail LT is a removable footbed, called ECO-PU. Its presence translates to additional support and cushioning underfoot.

Easy to wear

Suede leather, with a thickness of 1.8 mm, is the primary material that makes up the Dragontail LT’s low-cut shell. It comes with a supple liner made of mesh. Getting in and out of its plush confines is made quick thanks to its tongue and heel pull loops. 

Garmont Dragontail LT easy towear

Offers protection against cuts and scrapes

Most of its base section is sufficiently randed for protection against cuts and scrapes, as well as added traction on low-grade climbs. Its lacing system with Heel Lock technology consists of the shoe’s synthetic lace and combination eyelets.

Garmont Dragontail LT upper

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 465g / Women 405g
Features: Tongue Pull Loop / Heel brake
Material: Leather, Mesh
Collection: Garmont Dragontail
Waterproofing: Water resistant
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Garmont

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.