User Review: Garmont Men's Syncro GTX
Materials: leather nubuck; Vibram sole; Gore-Tex
Use: day hikes and everyday wear
Break-in Period: a couple of days
Weight: 1.49 kg / pair
Price Paid: $189.95
Fist off, I loved these boots when I first purchased them. I had a really difficult time finding boots to fit. My feet are wider at the toes and narrow at the heal. I tried numerous brands but the toe box would be too small... or if the toe box fit the heal would slide. Then I discovered the Garmonts. They fit nicely. In fact, they were almost too roomy until I placed the old cushion insert from my Cabela's Mountain Hiker II's inside.
I would probably give them a heartfelt 4 stars were it not for their Achilles heal (literally). The BiUurethane midsole heal, which acts as sort of a shock absorber began to deteriorate causing the Vibram sole to separate. Granted, I did get a couple of good years out of them and I tend to live in hiking boots. But the boot should have had more life in it yet. I tried several glues but nothing would stick to the soft substance. These would be excellent boots if this design flaw was addressed. I was also a bit disappointed that Garmont has sent production to China.
For a similar boot fit with great design and quality construction, I recommend the Alico Tahoe. And you'll save yourself about $70 if you get them on clearance.