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  • Waterproof Gore-Tex® Performance Comfort membrane with enhanced breathability and specialized Gore-Tex lining material
  • Microporous rubber midsoles for lightweight, responsive cushioning
  • FrameFlex Lite plates for rock-solid stability
  • Anatomically Directed Design provides remarkable performance from the inside out
  • First Metatarsal Accommodation allows more space for the normal, relaxed position of your big toes, supplying comfort, stability and performance
  • Asymmetric closure system features lacing that crosses the foot at an angle similar to the toe joint, allowing the shoes to flex like your feet
  • Lateral tongue post features a boot tongue which is progressively thicker to the outside, providing comfort and stability
  • Asymmetric cuff height features lower lateral sides of the collars to offer comfort during heel strike, and taller medial sides for added support and protection


View all Garmont Men's Hiking Shoes

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Best Use Hiking
Footwear Height Ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Waterproof Yes
Upper Suede leather
Lining Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane
Midsole Rubber
Support Nylon frame
Outsole Vibram rubber
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 2 lbs. 7.2 oz.
Gender Men's

Size chart

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shoe for rough trails I normally do not wear shoes for hiking, usually I wear the climbing boots I will use on the trail I approach the climb with or trail runners. I work as a mt guide and rarely 'just go for a hike' so when Garmont approached me to try their footwear I was not sure what else would I wear beside their climbing boots. I used the Dragontails to hike in to Mt Olympus(34 miles round trip) and to take people up to the Easton Glacier on Mt Baker and hiked onto the glacier with them. They not only worked well, they made it into my quiver of approach/'hiking' footwear. These shoes will make anyone feel comfortable to go off trail and long!
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should have listened to the reviews :-/ I have slightly wide feet and can get away with some brands normal sizes. These are way, WAY too tight. I don't even think a larger size would make a bit of difference. What a shame. Just looking at the boot it is very well put together and was really excited to try them out this weekend. I HATE boots and would rather hike in shoes. After several miles, no matter the brand so far, I start to feel every single rock and pebble, so was hoping these would fit the bill. Really wish they made a wide version and is the reason they are just "Good" on my review. Oh well. Guess I will continue my search.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable, ultra supportive I purchased these shoes as a replacement for a pair of approach shoes that had seen the last of their days. I would characterize these are more of a low-top backpacking boot. The soles are still with a low amount of flex. They have exceptional support and are comfortable as well. I would not recommend wearing these shoes in hot temps. The GoreTex lining is great for keeping your feet dry, but you do sacrifice some venting. If you are concerned with venting, Garmont makes an LT version which is virtually the same shoe without the GoreTex lining. I have yet to really take these to task yet, but I have been a fan so far.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... I bought these as a replacement for my Oboz Firebrand II's and I have been so impressed with the fit and performance of these shoes. The Dragontail's are not cheap, but they are worth every penny. While fit is a personal thing, these fit great right out of the box. I find that I want to wear these shoes every day. I loved my Oboz Firebrand's, but Garmont has ruined that for me by making s shoe that is great for every day walking and amazing for hiking even with a 50 Lb backpack over technical terrain. These shows grip amazingly well over wet rocks/roots, scrambles, and even snow/mud/slush. Just order 1/2 size larger than your normal street shoes.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cacciatore What attracted me to this shoe was its appearance; in the online catalog, it seemed to have a deep tread. Also, I was attracted to the lacing-to-toe feature that seems to allow for greater adaptability, which is important because it's a narrow shoe. Others have recommended moving a half size up for a proper fit but I had to go a full size up because one of my big toes was practically rubbing against the inside of the toe box. On some southern Wisconsin trails this is a fine shoe with a day pack and can probably handle steeper trails and heavier loads.
Date published: 2016-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A dream come true! I have terrible feet and wear a men's size 10. Some might say my review is premature but I don't think so. They just arrived and I am very impressed. The height of the shoe is terrific for added support. The sole is very stiff which my pedorthist will love. I need the width up front for the bunions and hammertoes. This shoe accommodates them both and my orthotics feel great. Super stability walking. I have spent megabucks on shoes, most of which have found their way to Goodwill. My shoes are the difference between couch time and trail time. I also have a damaged arthritic right knee so it's critical that I walk in alignment to keep the pain at a dull roar. Feels great! There is no doubt in my mind that my new Dragontails are keepers So happy that Garmont is back in town. Thanks REI!
Date published: 2016-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shoe, just ignore the REI/Garmont size chart Love the shoe, though I do wish they'd make a non-GTX version for daily wear. Opted for these as the Salewa MTN Trainer L were just a bit too narrow. They'll replace some LaSportiva Exo GTX for daily wear and light hiking. These shoes have some serious sole and support. Far sturdier than any light-weight hiking shoe I've found in the past. Love many of the design elements, and expect I'll be very happy with these for several years. My only beef is with the sizing. The posted size chart indicates an EU 44.5 to be a US 10.5 Men's. That's the size I wanted (the 44.5), but I received a US 10.5 marked as an EU 44 by Garmont. So if you're accustomed to buying EU sizes in your mountaineering and hiking footwear, do not follow the posted size chart and order a 1/2 size larger US to get the correct EU size.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best three season alpine footwear These are probably the best approach/alpine shoe on the market right now for climbing in the Cascades. I've comfortably climbed through mid fifth class with them and found them light enough to clip to the back of my harness on harder multi pitch in Washington pass. Where they really shine and beat out all other shoes though is on the kind of routes we have in the Cascades: long hikes in, snow approaches with light crampons and axe, followed by long stretches of mid fifth class climbing split by scrambles. If you're thinking of something like the Northeast Buttress of Goode, the West Ridge of Forbidden, or the North Ridge of Stuart, for instance, these are the ticket. They perform as well as a big mountain boot in those situations at a fraction of the weight. They perform as well as a rock shoe on those routes with more comfort and no need to carry shoes or boots on your back. I spent the 2014 season in Patagonia in a competitor's shoes. While they worked for the climbing, the toebox was tight, and my feet got soaked. The addition of Gore-Tex on these and a wider toebox that can be really cinched down once you're actually climbing is key. I will bring these back for climbing in Patagonia, the Sierras and Rockies in a heartbeat and they are my go-to for my backyard Cascades. Durability and comfort are perfect so far through trips in Washington, Oregon and Colorado. As far as fit, I have medium-wide forefoot and narrow heel and these are bomber for my foot. Both the toe box and heel can be adjusted for a tighter fit when climbing.
Date published: 2015-11-05
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Do these shoes run true to size? I tried shoes some run smaller than normal so I have to up one size, etc. Thansk Ron

Asked by: Whatsimada
Based on feedback and reviews, we recommend going up a half size in the Dragontail MNT GTX Hiking Shoes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-19

Are the Garmonts consistent in size across their range. e.g. I have US11.5 Nagevi that fit perfectly. Will the US11.5 Pinnacles fit the same?, or the Dragontail Mnt? Thanks in advance.

Asked by: essguyo
These shoes do fit similarly to other styles from Garmont. If you have ordered an 11.5 in the past, we recommend 11.5 in these shoes as well.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22

Hello! I usually wear a size 11 but I have to buy them in E or EE width depending on the shoe. Sometimes it's a 11EE or 11.5E.. Comments say the design is narrow so what size would YOU recommend for ME? Thanks!

Asked by: ridgeruner
These shoes do run narrow so we would not recommend them for someone with wide feet. We recommend looking for a shoe that you can purchase in a wide size.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-15
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