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To get to the most beautiful, pristine, and alive parts of this world, you have to use your own two feet, and the Vetta Hike GTX Hiking Boot with Gore-Tex will help you get there.

  • Gore-Tex membrane helps keep your feet dry by blocking external moisture and letting internal vapor escape
  • Aggressive Vibram Jabba outsoles stick to all kinds of terrain from slickrock to the loose stuff
  • Lightweight midsoles employ polyurethane with a bi-density EVA core to give you lateral support and lightweight cushion without swing-weight
  • True heel design gives you better traction during descents so you don't end up coming down the hill on your ass
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Mixed bag of features

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

First, this boot runs a quarter to half size small. I wear 8.5M in virtually every shoe and boot I own and my toes touch the end of this boot even with my thinnest socks after a couple of miles. Second, the lacing system is lame. The fabric loops in place of traditional eyelets, make it difficult to achieve and maintain equal tension until you get to the top cleats - especially if you use the tongue stabilizing loop. However, the ankle support is great (once you get the tongue properly adjusted) and the Achilles tendon relief is nice. The sole has excellent traction and a great feel for terrain without punishing your feet. If it weren't for the size discrepancy, I'd probably give it 3.5 stars (-1 for lacing and -0.5 for the ugly suede leather).

Good shoe @ 1 month

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

1. Purpose: wet weather shoe. Go to the barn, go to work, easy on, easy off. Water proof. Good traction.

--So far, so good. My feet are dry, and I am not slipping.

2.Fit. I have hammer toes and a high instep (arch). D width, size 11 (ball of foot to heel).

--So far, so good. No pinching or room/size issues. Would say the size is as stated (true to size).

3. Quality.

--Having them for only a month of intermittent use, I can't speak to the problems reported with the strings.

--1st set went back, as one boot had a flaw where the top of the gusset meets the shoe. There was a sharp lump/pressure point that was clearly an issue within 5 minutes.

--Backcountry sent me another pair and paid for the return shipping. Can't ask for more.

--Typical cheap insoles. Need to replace them. I used them for a day on concrete shop floor (concrete seems to be the acid test).

4. Thoughts: not a cold weather boot, but not advertised for this. Thick socks are good for some snow (standing in it much would not be adequate).

Initial fit good, but a defect in a boot

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size

I wear ~ 11 mens.

Fit issues for me: high arch/instep, hammer toes, and a budding bunion. Joy!

Put the boots on wore them 30-45 minutes around the house (stairs, wood floors]. Fit was good.

But the left boot, right inside, top of the gusset seam, has a 'bunched up' over sewn tack point in the boots I received. The right boot did not. It is located right at the 'Southeast' corner of my ankle knob (yeah, very technical description]. It is a minor pressure point at first, but I can feel it an hour later. That would not be good wearing them all day -- the next day it would be a real pain as soon as you put them on.

Returning, may decide to get a replacement pair.

It is hard to put a rating on something you didn't wear, but the system is requiring me to do it anyhow.

Quick break in, good price, comfortable

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

My wife and I have had these boots for over a year now, and they have held up well. We use them on local hikes weekly on hilly terrain. The boots required little break in, are very comfortable, and provide excellent support. We have used them snowshoeing, and our feet stayed warm and dry. This past summer, I wore them for my climb of the Zugspitze in Germany. The climb was diverse, including sections in cold, wet canyons, loose gravel, a crampon-required section on the glacier, and two lengthy via ferrata sections. The boots held up well, minus some cosmetic damage to the sides from the via ferrata sections. Overall, you can't beat these boots for the money, but I would not use them for more complex mountaineering.

Happy user

    My first pair of higher end hiking boots. These just took me to the top of Mt Shasta, and I couldnt be happier. Fast to break in, solid footing, superb ankle support. My only concern are the nylon loops that the shoelace runs through; I hope they dont wear through after repeated tightening/loosening. Rubber wrapped toe cap is great for scuffs. I wont buy cheaper boots again!

    boot failure

      have owned many garmonts in the last ten years. these started great when i picked them up in october 2010. wore them pretty sparingly; mostly pavement on the walk to work. about a week ago, the leather separated from the toe cap on the right boot resulting in a 1.5 inch tear through to the boot liner material!

      they run true to size and the sole is barely worn, but due to the failure, they are now toast...

      Pretty solid, Ugly as sin

        i haven't used these extensively yet, but they are quite comfy. Kind of light feeling for boots. They are definitely water proof and feel pretty sturdy.

        I am a runner, and do a lot of street running. i always get shoes that weight under 7 ounces because I like to feel relatively unhindered by my footwear. These are boots, but I feel relatively free in them compared to some of the other ones I have worn. Apparently they have some kind of chassis or something that is supposed to aid this, whatever it is, it works. They are sturdy, but they give enough so you can kind of feel what you are walking on, etc. It's not a bad thing, very nice.

        The laces come down really far on the toe... which is weird to me. I'm not sure what purpose it serves but doesn't seem to get in the way. But like I said, these things are ugly as sin.