Garmont Tower Plus GTX Boot Review

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The Garmont Tower Plus GTX boot is the workhorse of the Garmont mountain series. While it is their most expensive boot, coming in at $364, it is designed to be light but still allow one to comfortably carry a very heavy load. The upper is constructed from leather, it features a Vibram sole, and it offers a GoreTex lining for all weather protection. The lacing system has three hooks that allow one to unlace the boot very far down. This makes it easier to take the boot on and off than, say, a boot with eyelets all the way to the top. The boot has a roomy toe box, a specially-designed tongue that doesn’t shift from side to side, and a durable protective rubber rand that wraps high and all the way around.

Garmont Tower GTX_1

I thrashed these boots in some very rugged conditions and they have not softened up at all. Even after months of hard use, the boots still look brand new and feel as good as the day I got them. They served me particularly well on a recent operation, where I was carrying a 30-pound pack while dragging a 180-pound sled down a fire break with a crew of six at night. Out of all my boots, these were perfect for the operation – the stiffness, stability, and confidence they gave me on the descent were unrivaled by any other boots I have worn or own.

Garmont Tower GTX_2


  • Flashy colors
  • Semi-automatic crampon compatible
  • Easy lace ups
  • Very capable boot under heavy loads
  • Comfortably fits my wide feet
  • Short break-in time
  • True to size


  • Not fully auto crampon compatible
  • Expensive

If you are looking for a boot that will offer stability and sure-footedness while carrying heavy loads in less than ideal conditions, look no further than the Garmont Tower Plus GTX.

Manufacturer: Garmont
Date available: Currently available
Manufacturer’s Website: Garmont Tower
MSRP: $364.95
Listed Weight: 1.29lbs
Materials: Leather & a Vibram sole
Warranty info: a one year warranty from the date of purchase on defects in material and workmanship.

Isaac Tait is the Gear Manager for Seattle Backpackers Magazine. Since he was a child he has been an avid outdoorsman and enjoys backpacking, camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, Tenkara fly fishing, canoeing, and canyoneering. He is also a US Marine with two tours overseas under his belt. He is a member of the American Alpine Club (AAC), Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Access Fund, and Trout Unlimited. In his spare time he can be found exploring the wild-lands and guiding Tenkara, skiing, and Mount Fuji trips in Japan.

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