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Reach for the Garmont Men's Dragontail Lite Shoe when you need the stability of a traditional approach shoe for heavier loads and the technical performance of a climbing shoe for scrambling, rock and light hiking tours. With a surplus of gear on your back and a mixed approach in front of you, you can rely on this versatile shoe for the sure-footed confidence to get out and back without incident. Heck, this shoe is even used by mountain guides in the Selkirks, and who else could attest to a shoe with more experience?

  • Tough, durable suede ensures that these shoes will go the distance season after season
  • PU Footbed features fungus and bacterial-resistant treatments to help control odor and funk
  • Heel lock system keeps your heel securely in place so there's no foot sloppiness inside
  • Tri-density rubber midsole puts softer rubber where you need comfort and harder rubber where you need stability
  • Frame Flex Light allows for a smooth forefoot flex for easy, everyday-style walking
  • Vibram Q811 and SuperTrek compound makes for a tacky, super-sticky sole that provides all the grip a climber needs
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Tough guy!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

This is a heavy approach shoie. Stiff sole, sticky rubber and lots of foot protection. Built bull tough and will last you a long time. They do shrink up once soaking wet so make sure you get them big enough. I like them. Used them on a couple of long moderate alpine traverses.

Great light hiker

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I'm not a climber, but I bought these to use as light hikers and boy do the perform. I love that I can really dial in the fit with the lace to toe. Combine that with the heel lock system and you have one incredibly snug comfy fit. The rand around the shoe has held up well and shows no signs of slowing down. I knocked one star off because the cloth lacing loop (second from top) makes me a little nervous. It's part of the heel lock system and I fear that it would be the first part of the shoe to fail. Though after 5 months of almost daily use (hiking, dog walking, short overnight backpacking trips) it has yet to break. If/when it does will I buy another pair? Absolutely.

For reference, I hike the foothills of the Wasatch and all over The Swell in south central Utah. The approach style of this shoe lends well to scrambling around the sandstone and granite of these two areas. I wear a size 10.5 in Merrell and Patagonia and that is what I ordered these in.


  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

This is my first pair of approach shoes, so I don't have much to compare them against, but I've used them several times now for hiking and moderate climbing. First off, these are super comfortable, right out of the box. Another reviewer mentioned the forefoot being stiff, I didn't really think they were stiff at all, but felt broken in from when I first started wearing them. The tongue comes up high and hits my ankle, but breaks in fast. The insole and footbed are ridiculously comfy and stable. Hiking in them is great, they offer a lot of support and comfort. Scrambling, they're great, very sticky rubber on the sole and around the toe and heel. I climbed a 5.7 in them, and they were ok. The rubber on the sole is sticky, and the rubber on the toe helped, but they aren't very low profile at all, in fact, the sole is really thick, making it hard to jam them in a crack or on a hold. Obviously for anything of moderate difficulty, I'll put on the climbing shoes, but they aren't that great for climbing anything technical. There's quite a bit of padding around the upper part of the shoe, which makes them not a very tight fit when climbing, your foot compresses the padding as you move around, and it's hard to get the feel of a wall. Again, I realize these aren't climbing shoes, but they are approach shoes, and anything technical I will avoid in them.

Other than that, they are HOT. Like I said, lots of padding, which is really comfortable, but makes them pretty warm. You get used to it, but they aren't well ventilated.

Overall, worth the price I got them for ($40), and would have paid more for them, but probably not 150. On sale, they're good. They run true to size, which was really nice when buying online. They look really sexy (for boots) and construction quality is top notch.

sturdy and quick

    My first and only choice for ascents and modest backpacking treks w/ a relatively light pack. The low profile fit gives me excellent feel and stability on scree slopes and scrambles. A 21st century hiking boot. From Mt. Superior to Mt. Kilimanjaro I didn't think twice about wearing a different shoe last summer, and they've held up reasonably well after a lot of abuse.

    The real deal

      These are the best fitting approach shoes I have ever worn. Fit is a nice medium width - great support, but not too tight. Super stiff forefoot is great for climbing, yet not too stiff for hiking and/or wearing all day. Too many approach shoes are just for show - these are the real deal.