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Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX Approach Shoe - Men's

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    A shoe fit for alpine approaches.

    The Garmont Men's Dragontail MNT GTX Approach Shoe has the same stability and support that most alpine boots have, except a low-cut grants more freedom to move. Garmont gave this rugged, leather-made shoe a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane for wet weather protection that's still comfy in warm, sunny conditions

    Underfoot, the Dragontail MNT features a dual-density, microporous rubber midsole for stable support, and there's a foamy, cushy PU insole that breathes for extra comfort. Vibram's reliable rubber comes in a Maton tread to give this shoe's sole plenty of traction on any terrain. There's also a FrameFlex Lite footbed that moves with your foot from heel to toe

    • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
    • Suede leather upper
    • FrameFlex Lite footbed
    • Breathable PU insole
    • Dual-density, microporous rubber midsole
    • Heel insert
    • Vibram Maton rubber sole
    • Item #GAR002Q

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    suede leather (1.8mm)
    Waterproofing
    Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
    Closure
    lace
    Footbed
    FrameFlex Lite nylon, PU
    Midsole
    dual-density, microporous rubber, PU heel
    Sole
    Vibram Maton
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 9] 1 lb 3 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, backpacking, alpine
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited

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    First Impressions

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12

    I took my new Dragontail shoes out for a first hike this last weekend, and I feel compelled to write a positive review. I tend to only review gear I really dig, or really hate. These shoes fall into the 5 star category, so far. My first hike in them was a hot, 8 mile out and back up to a local fire lookout. The trail was the perfect first test. Steep and rocky most of the way, giving way to a non-technical boulder field scramble that demands good grip. The Dragontails performed really well. The Vibram soles are very grippy. Hopefully they maintain good tread life over time. But on day one they clung to the granite boulders like a dog on a bone. On the descent, I chose a snowfield over the boulders and again, the shoes gripped nicely in the fast-melting slush. In fact, I couldn't slip-ski down the slope as much as I would have liked. Like any shoe with a waterproof liner, they aren't as breathable as a mesh hiking shoe, and these shoes are built like a rigid boot, without the ankle. I found them very supporting, but they didn't seem heavy or clunky. I'm not sure why Garmont categorizes these as an approach shoe. Except to say they approach everything really well. I did get a blister on my big toe on the way down the mountain, but I think it was more due to the heat of the day and the steep grade. Not sure any of my shoes would have performed better. My only nit is the insoles, which are pretty thin and non-supporting. But that's typical. I'll likely put in a different insole soon. I'll update my review if there are any failings, but they handled 8 miles and 4000' of elevation like champions.

    Loving the Dragontail MT!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    This shoe lives in our Approach Category at Garmont, and it is because it can tackle all kinds of terrain- from uneven off trail hiking to scrambling to standing in aiders. The Deep Lug sole offers Hiking boot protection and support in a low cut style. ADD fit means that there is plenty of toe box room, lacing that follows the shape of the foot and a secure heel fit. This model is quite a bit stiffer than the Dragontail LT and has a more rigid outsole for mixed conditions, while the LT is lighter weight and better suited for scrambling on rock.