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Day hikers and multi-day backpackers can breathe a sigh of relief, because the Garmont Men's Zenith Mid GTX Shoe was designed with a waterproof breathable membrane, ample traction and supreme support, just for you. Sounds like heaven in a boot, right? A spine-like, articulated structure in the sole further adds to the power of this feature-laden beast.

  • Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane keeps you feet dry in wet conditions and allows sweaty moisture to escape from within for supreme comfort
  • Tough, durable nubuck ensures that these boots will go the distance season after season
  • ADD Construction drastically shortens break-in time of this shoe, which means this shoe will fit like a glove all the much faster
  • Water-resistant mesh helps to vent away hot air when you're on the move and allows cool are to enter in exchange
  • Gusseted, padded tongue keeps debris out and adds to the overall comfort
  • Rubber toe bumper protects your toes against damage in the face of rocky terrain
  • Sole features an EVA core for shock absorption, a polyurethane structure for heel control, and a TPU Spine system for midfoot stability and smooth flex
  • Vibram Morlin Hike outsole has large heel lugs for control on steep descents and a ridged forefoot for ample traction in loose terrain
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Comfortable, but did not hold up

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

I have had the Garmont Zenith Mid GTX Shoe for about 9 months and walked about 5 hundred miles of mostly 3-15 mile hikes. Most of the hiking was done on the wooded trails in the Finger Lakes Region of NY and climbing several Adirondack Peaks.

The good:

*After break-in these are very comfortable boots.

*When new they were totally waterproof.

* They fit true to size (I size using the EU size of 42)

*The sole held up very well.

*The lacing system added to the comfortable fit.

The bad:

*As you can see from the photo, I managed to puncture or tear the fabric in almost every mesh panel. Not sure how. Possibly poked by sticks along the trail? Once punctured, they were no longer waterproof. Too bad because they still fit great.

Comfortable, but did not hold up

Can't kill 'em!

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

I've owned these for over a year now and put on tons of miles in every type of terrain from long steep scree slopes to boggy marshes and everything in between, yet they refuse to be defeated. There was no break-in required, ultra comfortable and stable, great traction wet and dry, I can't say enough good things about these boots. I own tons of boots and these are my go to's in everything but snow (I use full leather or mountaineering boots for winter). Great for day hikes or multi-day trips with a 30 lb. pack. Don't pass these up!

Great all around hiker

    These boots are awesome. Fit comfortable right out of the box, GORETEX booties make them water proof high enough to get you through summer streams or spring snow. Great lacing system and very lightweight for a supportive hiker, they are my go-to for snowshoeing and summer peak-bagging.

    Most comfortable boots I own

      I got these boots for a summer of hiking a year ago, and fell in love with them. They are incredibly comfortable right out of the box, they don't even need breaking in. Over time they just conform more to your feet. When they get wet they can get a little deformed, but a good days worth of hiking will fix that, and they'll be right as rain again. My one complaint was that in the previous model, the third aglet down was connected all the way around the boot by a strap that tended to break after some good hiking (or a week of building trail, which was what I was using them for). I purchased my pair of boots from EMS, who with Garmont's warranty gave me a new pair. However, a few months later the same thing happened again. From what I've seen, the newest models have fixed this problem and the strap is now protected by leather, so I'm in the process of seeing if I can get a new pair. Overall, the best pair of boots I've owned (and I've owned a lot). I get zero blisters and couldn't ask for better foot comfort for two weeks of backpacking with a 50lbs pack

      Most comfortable boots I own

      2011 Outside Magazine Gear of the Year Best Light Hiker

        Zenith Mid GTX voted Outside Magazine's
        Gear of the Year Best Light Hiker
        Winning the “Light Hiking” category in the Gear of the Year awards, the Garmont Zenith Mid
        GTX was praised for its durability and breathability.
        “We tried to beat up and overwhelm this light-hiking boot,” says Buyer’s Guide Editor Sam
        Moulton. “But we failed. It’s light and flexible enough for quick, mellower hikes, yet still sturdy
        enough for more serious adventures in more technical terrain.”