Montrail Helium GTX
Materials: Gore-tex, Gryptonite Rubber Sole
Use: all purposes but running
Break-in Period: no need for breaking in, perfect out of the box
Weight: 1 lb 8.6 oz
Price Paid: $220
This is by far the most comfortable boot I've ever worn. The Helium GTX story:
Two years ago, Montrail came out with a design for a boot called the Overland GTX, which never made production. It utilized the Boa lacing system in conjunction with a traditional lacing system to keep you foot planted in the heel of the shoe, while still lacing down into the footbed. The Boa system, as most of you know does a good job of failing, so Montrail scrapped the design.
Ownership changed and the design resurfaced without the Boa system but with the really cool features it had before under the new name Helium GTX. Some of those features are: a composite shank that weighs less but holds up and wont wear as quickly as a steel shank; a bombproof fabric; Gore-tex liner.
The two other things to discuss are the heelcup and the width. Montrail is known for the integra-fit--800,000 feet were measured to determine sizes and widths for montrails shoes--and they have a few models of boots that are available in a wide size, but the helium takes the cake here: it is by design wider. It is made to be a wider boot for a wider foot. I usually wear a 9 wide in Torre GTX by Montrail and the 9 in Helium GTX is heaven.
Next on discussion is the heel cup. Montrail makes a lot of climbing shoes and the Helium is a monster of two worlds. The heel cup of the Helium is made the way a heel cup of a climbing shoe is--sometimes known as a slingshot heelcup. It holds the ankle and heel in place by pulling slightly down and in.
To sum it up the Helium GTX, to me and the friends I've sold on them, is the soulmate of feet.
Price Paid: $150
I bought this boot because of its looks and after the good review on Backpacker. It's a very light boot, the grip is awesome, and have had no blistering.
The problem is that on my very first day of using them, I noticed that the back portion of the boot was beginning to peal from the frame. I was really bummed when I saw this considering how comfortable this shoe was... Now I'm going to need to return them. BOOOO!!!!!
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Between the heavily reinforced uppers and waterproof breathable Gore-Tex insert, the Montrail Men's Helium GTX Hiking Boot takes on the toughest trail conditions. An aggressive, sticky Gryptonite sole ensures you stay upright whether you hike through mud or scree, or up a steep granite slab. Montrail made the Helium GTX Hiking Boot stout enough to provide support while you carry a massive pack, but it's not so stiff that you'll leave it behind for a day hike.
- Backcountry Outlet
Light, like the gas for which it was named, Montrail's Helium GTX hiking boot represents a new era of light-and-fast hiking boots. Swath your feet in the dry comfort of the synthetic and GORE-TEX uppers that will let your feet breathe throughout the day while you get the support you need when carrying a pack from the composite shank and molded anatomical heel counter.
- Mountain Gear
Lightweight and finely tuned, the Montrail Helium GTX Hiking Boot for Men is a whole new way of thinking about big hiking and trekking boots. Ultra-light, but with great protection and support, the Helium GTX Hiking Boots have a brand new synthetic upper and are built with waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex construction for all-day protection while crossing streams, snow fields or trekking in a down pour. Whether you are on or off trail, the Gryptonite sticky rubber outsole of this hiking boot will give you confidence on just about any terrain.
- Altrec Outdoors
Free Shipping. Montrail Men's Helium GTX Boot (Fall 2009) The Men's Helium GTX Boot by Montrail provides a whole new way of thinking about big boots for big adventures. Our men's only trekking boot is ultra-light with mega protection for heavy loads and off-trail backpacking. Features: Weight 1 LB, 8.6 oz 0,69 kg Gryptonite Rubber Integrafit Gore-Tex Enter the next generation of big boot backpacking comfort in a lightweight, finely tuned package. New synthetic upper with breathable Gore-Tex provides all-day waterproof protection for crossing small steams and snow fields. Weight saving composite shank provides sturdy underfoot protection with less bulk and a molded anatomical heel counter gives ankle support. Gryptonite "sticky rubber" outsole delivers confidence while hiking on a variety of trail conditions.