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Garmont Dragontail

rated 4 of 5 stars
photo: Garmont Dragontail approach shoe

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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120

Fantastic build quality. The best approach show I have worn to date.


  • Supportive
  • Comfortable
  • Fully adjustable


  • None

I had been suffering with Plantar Fasciitis for a few months. Once I worked out that I needed some Superfeet insoles the combination of these with the Dragontails has worked wonders. The shoes are fantastic in terms of support, grip, comfort and quality.

I have tried many approach type shoes over the years but these are by far the best. Within the first few weeks of ownership I took them for a week in the peaks and they proved their worth all week.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £100

Best approach shoe I've ever used.


  • Solid with good support
  • High-density foam provides cushioning even carrying weight
  • Tough and durable


  • The laces would never stay tied.

I wore these on a trekking trip around the world: desert, swamp, forest, beach and mountains. They were once wet for six days straight after walking in rivers. I took them instead of heavy ankle-support boots and they were perfect the whole trip. Great traction on rock.

Only one flaw – the laces kept coming undone so I cut them short. I've just bought a new pair for the next adventure.

Source: bought it new

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.

Materials: leather
Use: running to heavy pack
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Price Paid: $179

Excellent shoe.  Takes on varied terrain.  Very light and no break in needed. 

I ordered a half size larger.

Price Paid: $120

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