Garmont - Icon Plus GTX - Men's
• 3-dimensional microfiber and Schoeller® upper for better abrasion resistance, instant fit, light weight
• 360° rubber rand for better abrasion resistance and protection
• Padded stretch fabric collar and tongue offer a snug fit for comfort and debris protection
• Heel lock to fix the heel in the heel pocket and help prevent heel slip and blisters
• Cuff hook, webbing lace closure
• Thermal footbed with PrimaLoft® 200 gram insulation
• Gore-Tex® Insulated Comfort
• Lace-to-toe closure for better climbing performance and lace lock at the instep for precise lace closure.
• Exclusive Vibram® Titus outsole with textured semi-blocked heel strike and toe area for enhanced grip on hard surfaces. Extra textured deep lugs for better grip on different grounds and abrasion resistance. Multi-directional lugs in the center provide 360° traction. Deep, wide channels help with drainage and self-cleaning. Concave heel face enhances braking effect during descent.
Technical specifications & features
|Weight||4.01 lbs per pair (1.82 kg), size 8 UK|
|Mfg Sku/Part Number||441149/211|
|Insulation Type||Thermal footbed with PrimaLoft® 200 gram insulation|
|Upper Materials||3-dimensional microfiber and Schoeller® upper|
|Shoe Type||Mountaineering Boots|
|Sole Materials||Carbon-fiber insole for crampon rigidity. Dual density microporous rubber midsole.
PU insert in the heel area ensures better shock absorption and stability.
Exclusive Vibram® Titus outsole
- Very good all-round boot
I bought a pair of the Icon Plus GTX after comparing them (in a store) with the Scarpa Rebel Pro and the Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX.
An obvious point to make here: All my comments about fit, comfort, feel etc. are based on my feet, not yours. When you’re buying boots like these you absolutely MUST try on different boots from different manufacturers, to make as thorough a comparison as you can.
All three boots were of a similar stiffness of sole, and all felt equally capable in terms of support on broken rocks, edging, front-pointing on ice.
Similarly, the lacing systems of all three boots seemed sound, with the ability to have different tightness around the foot from around the ankle and above (the ‘lace-lock’ feature).
The top of the neck of the Garmonts is thicker than that of the Scarpas and (especially) the Sportivas, and felt like they would be warmer than both in cold conditions. Surprisingly, though, this thickness felt in no way restrictive—the boots have excellent forward-and-back flexibility, where somehow the ‘tube’ of the top half of the boot bends smoothly, without creasing. In contrast I found that with the Scarpas there was a perceptible ridge across the top of my foot when walking. (Again, these are my feet, not yours.)
At the end of the day I bought the Garmonts over the Sportivas and the Scarpas because they fitted my feet beautifully—snug and firm all around; stable without feeling clumsy; no heel lift, even when the boots are laced relatively lightly (I prefer my boots to be less tightly laced when going mainly uphill than when going mainly downhill).
So far I have only used the boots on relative modest terrain, in above-freezing temperatures, and on outings of no more than four hours or so. They have performed equally well on steep, smooth (dry) rock, and across broken rocky terrain. I haven’t yet worn them on wet rock, but I have to believe that the Vibram soles (common to all three boots that I tried on) will do their job as well as usual.
I have had no hot-spots or blisters, but it’s also pretty rare for me to get either anyway.
I have not yet used the boots with crampons, either semi-automatic mountaineering or technical step-in versions. Both will be tested at Bozeman, MT next month, and on Mt Rainier next year. I will post further reviews when I’ve had a chance to put the boots to the test in more challenging conditions.
So in summary, without them yet being severely tested, the boots have so far proved to be excellent all round. Very comfortable, capable, secure-feeling, and not too heavy. Definitely a good option to consider when looking for a boot suitable for both hiking and ice-climbing.
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