Embrace the Type II fun.
While the rest of the world is sleeping, you're high in the alpine getting ready to top out on a hairy multi-pitch mixed route. Garmont designed the Men's Icon Plus GTX Boot for those who spend a good chunk of time in some of Mother Nature's more hostile environments.
Garmont constructed the upper with Schoeller fabric and 360-degree rubber rand to provide superior abrasion resistance and protection from sharp rock. Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort and PrimaLoft insulation work to keep your feet nice and toasty during harrowing blizzards and howling winds. Tech PU crampon inserts are at the heel and toe for extra security and shock absorption, and the lace-to-toe closure provides a snug, precise fit. While not as burly as an expedition boot you might find on the southeast ridge of Mount Everest, the Icon Plus has sizable alpine capabilities that can handle some pretty gnarly conditions.
- A light single boot for high alpine mountaineering and ice climbing
- Tough Schoeller upper for abrasion resistance
- Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort works to keep your feet warm and dry
- Crampon inserts for added security
- Carbon-fiber insole for crampon rigidity
- Vibram outsole to maximize traction
- PU insert in the heel for extra stability
- Lace-to-toe closure for a precise fit
- Item #GAR004E
- Q & A
Great boot, nice and light. Worth it!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought: 10.5
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 180lbs
I bought these boots for mountaineering. Everyone I know has an identical pair of the yellow lasportivas, which are way too narrow for my feet. I have yet to see anyone in in the PNW with a pair of these. I love the roomy toe box for my wider feet. I had a little trouble with my right pinky toe being squished all the time, but after shaving off part of the insole with a razor blade, they fit great.
I put about 100 miles of trail time on them to break them in and get the laces all adjusted and cinched down, the insulation takes a while to squish down for a nice, tight lace. The metal hooks really hold the lace well, so I was able to have a looser toe box while keeping the ankle and shin laces tight enough to keep my heel from slipping. The versatility with lacing really made me happy for back in camp so my feet could breathe a little.
The rocker on the toe of the sole saved my ass for longer approaches.
I have since taken them up Rainier (Emmons glacier) and Athabasca with no issues. Also a bunch of smaller mountains when instructing intro mountaineering courses. Plenty warm for alpine climbs, but I might invest in thermal insoles to swap out for around camp (or just bring booties).
Worked fine with step in, strap on, and hybrid crampons. No issues.
I'm passing the 200 mile mark on them this week, and they only show light wear, mostly from the occaisional crampon hit, and almost nothing on the soles, despite most of that being on dirt and rock.
I have yet to try ice climbing in them, but am looking forward to it!