User Review: Garmont Sticky Weekend
Use: approach shoe
Break-in Period: ?
Weight: 900+ grams
Price Paid: $130 Cdn
I just recently bought these shoes and although I can't comment on their durability, I can comment on their function and fit.
The leather upper breathes well and the toe has a full rubber rand... great for avoiding scuffs. The sole is a Vibram design with a flat section around the big toe to allow for precise edging (this is a great idea and is used on my Sportiva Trango Plus boots also).
I think there is a full length nylon shank to provide for some stiffness. This makes the shoe feel a bit like a hiker... and in fact I would say this is exactly like a hiking boot without the ankle support. It's a little heavier than your regular approach shoe and just a little lighter than most day hikers.
My biggest problem with the shoe is that my ankle is a little too narrow for it. I replaced the insoles and it helped a lot, but not quite enough. After my first long trip (13 hours) my heels were pretty raw and I honestly don't know if it will get any better. It's hard for me to believe that they felt all right in the store and then changed so much on the trail...
So, people with narrow feet beware!! This shoe is probably not for you. Otherwise, if you are in the market for something between an approach shoe and a day-hiker this would be it.