User Review: Garmont Men's Syncro GTX
Materials: 2.2mm nubuck leather, gore-tex, nylon.
Use: Philmont, rough trail, 190lb payload (person and pack), rough day hikes
Break-in Period: A couple day hikes maybe?
Weight: 3 lbs/pair on postal scale, size 9.5
Price Paid: Full price way back when
Well-traveled, rugged boots:
This product held up really well for years going on monthly backpacking trips in the Apps as a boy scout and the time since that I have been going about 2x/year with additional hiking trips. This would put the mileage over 500 miles easy, maybe approaching 1000. I have pretty normal feet, and these fit me really well, don't know about others. I've gotten maybe one blister, with occasional hot-spots which I covered with duct-tape.
End of lifespan:
Lost a piece of hardwear, a little loop for the laces, but it seems fair since I gave these boots heck. The last time I used them however, before a short rugged day hike up Bear Peak here in Boulder, I noticed a small crack, something I could fit a pencil eraser into. Pulling the boots off after the hike, I noticed the hole near the heel was now a huge missing chunk right on the inside of my heel. I took them in to the nearest Garmont dealer who said "they're pretty old and worn, but email Garmont and see what they say." Sent in a picture and they said they'd warranty them.
I got the new pair today and they are definitely solid. The heel seems more reinforced than the old model. There's more nylon than before along the top and through the tongue, but I don't think this reduces durability at all and maybe makes them lighter. The new hardwear is smoother lets me lace a little tighter I think. Looks perhaps more rugged than before and less likely to wear out my laces. They weigh in at 1 lb. 8oz even on my electronic scale, I'm guessing the old ones were 1 lb 9oz maybe, but it's hard to say.
In summary, Big Ups to Garmont!