Somewhere between running and hiking.
The Garmont Men's 9.81 Fast Hiking Shoe combines a running-inspired upper with a rugged, hiking-oriented sole; the result is a a shoe you can move quickly in, over different types of tricky trails. Its Michelin Free Cross sole includes deep, aggressive lugs that offer superior traction and remain incredibly flexible for a fast-paced performance up and down rocky, dirty, or muddy trails. The seamless upper features durable, well-ventilated mesh non unlike a running shoe's, and the PU exoskeleton enhances protection and overall structure.
- Light hiking shoe made to move fast
- Abrasion-resistant mesh upper with seamless PU exoskeleton
- Anatomic footbed with expanded EVA for greater comfort and stability
- Michelin Free Cross adds traction, support, flexibility, and cushioning
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought: 12
I have special orthopedic considerations, including week ankles from severe sprains long ago, foot surgery to remove calcification in my right big toe, a heel spur in my left foot and, in the past, plantar fasciitis. Until these shoes, I've only been able to wear a traditional pair of high-top leather boots, like Garmont's Dakota series. With guidance from my orthopedist, I decided to give these a try last summer. Garmonts have always been my brand, no other boot/hiker seems to work out for me. These shoes are incredible. Light as feathers, rugged like Garmont should be, I've hiked Camel's Hump & Mt. Mansfield in VT and also several of the New Hampshire 4,000-footers. I was most impressed with how they tackled a 14.5 mile epic day in the Presidential-Dry River Wilderness, including steep/grueling/rocky White Mountains trailbed for several miles and above treeline, then down the steep Tuckerman's Ravine. Moreover, they work great down to 30ºF while in motion. Super-sticky tread that makes slippery surfaces easy to pivot off of. The only high-top hikers I have now are Garmont's Tower LX GTX for winter use. Looking forward to tackling the remaining 20 mountains above 4,000' and some of the Terrifying 25s also! Even bought a 2d pair, just in case....
EURO SIZING....RUNS SMALL
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 44
Purchased SIZE 44 = US size 11. I wear 10.5...Suggest buying 1 full size larger than normal....since I am 10.5 US ...I should have purchased 11.5 US = EURO 45 or maybe even 46. Garmont definitely goofed how they sized this item. Backcountry provided courtesy Return Label at no charge!
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