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Garmont - Dragontail LT - Approach shoes tested

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Richard | London

20.01.2015

Superb shoes, be careful with sizing though

I am extremely impressed with these shoes after about a month of ownership and use for hiking on paved and rocky surfaces and slopes, and general outdoor wear. They are made in China, but are of very high quality. The uppers are relatively thick, durable suede, and linings are good quality fabric which look like they won't wear through easily. The rubber rand goes most of the way around the sidewalls of the shoes, providing excellent abrasion resistance, added stiffness and a measure of water resistance. The heel counters are very stiff and there are also rubber overlays around the backs of the heels. The pull-tabs on both the tongue and heel are good features which aid putting on and adjusting the fit, and the lace-to-toe closure offers easy customization of fit adjustment - you can have a loose fit for casual walking, and a very tight secure fit for challenging climbs.

The soles have an excellent pattern for general hiking and use, not too aggressive and fairly low profile, so with the EVA midsole they have an excellent combination of stiffness and flexibility. They bend naturally with the foot motion and allow you to get some ground feel, but protect you from sharp rocks. They give a lot of grip and confidence when hiking on slopes and rocky ground.

I have not used them in wet weather yet. I suspect that they would get soaked fairly quickly in heavy rain. There is a Goretex version available for those needing more water resistance.

Regarding sizing, they are quite a small fitting in both the length and width. My foot is 11.25 inches long and 4.3 inches at the widest point (when relaxed), so "officially" I am US 12. I ordered size US 13.5 in these shoes and they fit very well, are very comfortable with NO toe bump into the front of the shoe when descending. So I would recommend going up 1 or 1.5 sizes from true size for a proper fit, especially if your feet are wider than average.

They come in a variety of very cool colours - mine are the "jeans / black" colourway. They have an athletic and stylish appearance, a hint of the "rock climber" aura and unusual enough to get noticed and commented on but not embarrassingly so.

This will definitely be my "go-to" pair of shoes for hiking and general outdoor activities!

Advantages
Finish
Robust
Good grip
Stabilizes the foot
Comfortable
Price/performance
Durable
VS
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Damian

30.05.2020

Sole out of line with upper !

Bought for lightweight use and developed ankle and knee problems . Put this down to old age(me not the shoe) and attended my physio for a going over . I've been seeing same guy for a number of years and he asked what was different as this was the first injury related reason for attending..subsequently asked me to bring the shoes next session .
Next time around he examined shoes.
After placing them on a table it was clear the sole and upper were badly out of line and caused the ankles to camber inwards..stopped wearing and the problem resolved itself
Dont know if these are a dud pair or this is Garmont "tech" would check them on table top straight out of the box guys beware.

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Sole out of line with upper !

Bought for lightweight use and developed ankle and knee problems . Put this down to old age(me not the shoe) and attended my physio for a going over . I've been seeing same guy for a number of years and he asked what was different as this was the first injury related reason for attending..subsequently asked me to bring the shoes next session .
Next time around he examined shoes.
After placing them on a table it was clear the sole and upper were badly out of line and caused the ankles to camber inwards..stopped wearing and the problem resolved itself
Dont know if these are a dud pair or this is Garmont "tech" would check them on table top straight out of the box guys beware.

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Kay | Customer Service
09.06.2020 13:59

Hi Damian, please could you send some extra photo's to claims@alpinetrek.co.uk, we are happy to help.

Brian's profile picture
| Stirling
The best

Best foot wear ever ,on third pair now ,can't fault anything about them

  • Advantages
    Finish
    Comfortable
    Lightweight
    Robust
    Good grip
    Price/performance
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| Olney, Buckinghamshire

33% have found the reviews
by Jonathan helpful

Comfortable walking shoe

A very comfortable, supportive shoe, ideal for less ambitious hikes and not too technical looking to wear around town. Robust and fairly water resistant - although not entirely waterproof.

  • Advantages
    Robust
    Comfortable
    Lightweight
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| Galway
Disappointed - not hard wearing

I have a pair of Garmont Pinnacle GTX boots that are truly excellent. This was a factor in buying the dragontails.
However first time I wore them in rocky terrain they both got damaged and now need to be replaced. Fit and stability is good but uppers too fragile.

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  • Bad damage on right hand. Badly scuffed (just mms left) on left shoe.

  • Advantages
    Stabilizes the foot
    Comfortable
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Pete's profile picture
| Sheffield
Very well made

However I didn't buy them. I take a 7 and usually buy Salomon 7 1/2 cos they are wife fitting. Tried a size 8 in these but they were way too narrow.

  • Advantages
    Durable
    Price/performance
    Robust
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Daniel's profile picture
| Bristol
Great shoe but slight let down

This shoe was 80% fantastic but the only down side was after about a year the sole started to peel. I walked in them nearly every day and there generally amazing and continued to be for nearly three years once I'd glued the sole properly.

  • Advantages
    Good grip
    Comfortable
    Breathable
  • Disadvantages
    Not robust
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Georgi's profile picture
| Uttoxeter
splendid

one of the best shoes I ever had

  • Advantages
    Good grip
    Lightweight
    Robust
    Durable
    Waterproof
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Rob's profile picture
| Beauly
Recommended

Solid approach shoe. Narrow climbing last around toe is ideal for scrambling but not the comfiest as a walking shoe

  • Advantages
    Finish
    Durable
    Good grip
    Robust
    Comfortable
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| York
Amazing shoe

These have taken everything I've thrown at them in their stride, from climbing around Different to scrambling in the Cuillins and drinking and dancing! Well worth it and they come in Cobalt blue too!

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  • Knights Peak, Isle of Skye

  • Advantages
    Breathable
    Stabilizes the foot
    Finish
    Comfortable
    Durable
    Good grip
    Lightweight
    Robust
    Price/performance
  • Disadvantages
    Not waterproof
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Richard's profile picture
| London

72% have found the reviews
by Richard helpful

Superb shoes, be careful with sizing though

I am extremely impressed with these shoes after about a month of ownership and use for hiking on paved and rocky surfaces and slopes, and general outdoor wear. They are made in China, but are of very high quality. The uppers are relatively thick, durable suede, and linings are good quality fabric which look like they won't wear through easily. The rubber rand goes most of the way around the sidewalls of the shoes, providing excellent abrasion resistance, added stiffness and a measure of water resistance. The heel counters are very stiff and there are also rubber overlays around the backs of the heels. The pull-tabs on both the tongue and heel are good features which aid putting on and adjusting the fit, and the lace-to-toe closure offers easy customization of fit adjustment - you can have a loose fit for casual walking, and a very tight secure fit for challenging climbs.

The soles have an excellent pattern for general hiking and use, not too aggressive and fairly low profile, so with the EVA midsole they have an excellent combination of stiffness and flexibility. They bend naturally with the foot motion and allow you to get some ground feel, but protect you from sharp rocks. They give a lot of grip and confidence when hiking on slopes and rocky ground.

I have not used them in wet weather yet. I suspect that they would get soaked fairly quickly in heavy rain. There is a Goretex version available for those needing more water resistance.

Regarding sizing, they are quite a small fitting in both the length and width. My foot is 11.25 inches long and 4.3 inches at the widest point (when relaxed), so "officially" I am US 12. I ordered size US 13.5 in these shoes and they fit very well, are very comfortable with NO toe bump into the front of the shoe when descending. So I would recommend going up 1 or 1.5 sizes from true size for a proper fit, especially if your feet are wider than average.

They come in a variety of very cool colours - mine are the "jeans / black" colourway. They have an athletic and stylish appearance, a hint of the "rock climber" aura and unusual enough to get noticed and commented on but not embarrassingly so.

This will definitely be my "go-to" pair of shoes for hiking and general outdoor activities!

Product images by Richard
  • Advantages
    Finish
    Robust
    Good grip
    Stabilizes the foot
    Comfortable
    Price/performance
    Durable
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Tilman | Kusterdingen
24.08.2015 19:45

Wow! Thanks for this great review and especially the pictures!

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| Twijzel

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    Finish
    Comfortable
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| Stegaurach

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    Durable
    Price/performance
    Stabilizes the foot
    Robust
    Comfortable
    Finish
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| Kramsach

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    Robust
    Price/performance
    Lightweight
    Comfortable
    Finish
    Stabilizes the foot
    Good grip
    Waterproof
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| Augsburg

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    Robust
    Good grip
    Finish
    Comfortable
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| Zirl

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    Good grip
    Price/performance
    Finish
    Comfortable
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| Saint Leu la Forêt

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    Price/performance
    Good grip
    Durable
    Robust
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| Leipzig

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    Finish
    Robust
    Price/performance
    Comfortable
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| Rheine

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    Comfortable
    Robust
    Finish
    Stabilizes the foot
    Lightweight
    Good grip
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| Drolshagen

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    Stabilizes the foot
    Lightweight
    Comfortable
    Price/performance
    Finish
    Robust
    Good grip
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| Mainz

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    Comfortable
    Stabilizes the foot
    Price/performance
    Robust
    Breathable
    Finish
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    Stabilizes the foot
    Lightweight
    Good grip
    Price/performance
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    Good grip
    Breathable
    Durable
    Price/performance
    Lightweight
    Comfortable
    Robust
    Stabilizes the foot
    Waterproof
    Finish
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    Price/performance
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    Stabilizes the foot

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