Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
A great shoe that is brought down by a small but crucial design flaw in the fancy pants lacing system. Exposed webbing gets ground through if you're actually out in the mountains in them. Customer service was willing to fix them if I shipped, but urged me to fix myself....on a design flaw that is sadly going to fail again.
- Works well, climbs well, hikes well
- Little break-in
- Handles heavy packs well
- Just like the old Sticky Weekend
- Design flaw leads to failure of lacing system
- Customer service urged me to not only fix them myself, but to purchase the materials myself.
- Loud colors.
Too, too bad. Had these for 6 mos, did five alpine peaks in them, fair amount of hiking and approaches. Loved them until they failed, as well as Garmont's customer service.
The yellow webbing that locks the heel down has ground through as it's exposed below the ankle, ruining proper lacing via the design flaw that exposes this webbing to lots of abrasion. Now that they are properly broken in, they have failed.
Otherwise, these perform great, just like my old Sticky Weekends that I had for over 10 years. Cust svc at Garmont, though speedy with their reply, told me to get some webbing from a gear shop and they would tell me how to snake it back through there.....mmmm, nope guys, you should be fixing it for me. They said they would if I sent them, but seemed to imply that they preferred I fix it. The design flaw means that they will just blow out again. Back to La Sportiva for the exum's replacement.
It's just too bad, I was way stoked on these as I spend lots of time in the High Sierra climbing peaks and such. Ive led 5.9 in them, carried over 50lb packs, hiked thru snow, etc. Their performance is let down by that one small but crucial design flaw.
Price Paid: $120
Excellent shoe. Takes on varied terrain. Very light and no break in needed.
I ordered a half size larger.
Use: running to heavy pack
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Price Paid: $179
When I bought these shoes I was looking for a trail runner that wouldn't wear out in one season. After searching long and hard I came across these. They are listed as approach shoes but could be used for everything from running to carrying a loaded pack on moderate terrain. I would recommend these shoe to anyone interested.
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Garmont created the Dragontail Lite for the climber who needs the stability of a "true" approach shoe for carrying heavier loads. Stability and grip combine for a mix of approach and climbing activity.
With almost mythic versatility, Garmont's Dragontail approach shoe will serve its purpose just about anywhere. Sticky Vibram Friction rubber soles grip slick scree and handle a little climbing while the sleek, low-profile design looks good on the street (not to mention feels good with the cush of tri-density microporous rubber supporting every step).
- Mountain Gear
The Garmont Dragontail is a modern classic. The beefed up cousin to Garmont's Sticky family, this one takes over when the trail and load get tough. Climbs fairly technical scrambles over mixed terrain, smooth on hard urban surfaces. Not confirmed, but we believe the shoe design was inspired by Dragontail Peak in the North Cascades. That's because this is the shoe we would take- fast hike on a forest trail followed by serious bushwhacking, then up 5th class rock, back out the trail and into the town of Leavonworth to the pub, where we would finally take these off our feet. Closeout, limited to stock on hand. Features Upper: 1.6 mm Suede Lining: Garmont QDS Structure: GSA Trimicro System Sole: Vibram Friction Garmont Shock Absorption: Tri-Density Microporous Weight: 2 lbs. (size 8.5)
A modern approach shoe inspired by the look and secure feel of a climbing shoe, the Garmont Dragontail Approach Shoe for Men is the ideal shoe when hiking to your climbing destination and when the trail or load get tough. Designed to tackle scrambles over mixed terrain, the Dragontail is also ideal for smooth or hard urban surfaces.
- Altrec Outdoors