We all know how important a good hiking boot is. An unfit boot could change your day from incredible, to terrible. In the search for the best hiking boot, we were fortunate to get our hands on and review Garmont’s Integra High WP Thermal hiking boot. Here’s what we thought:
You can purchase the Garmont Integra High WP boots on their website or on Amazon:
Garmont is an Italy-based company founded in 1964 that is passionate about producing high-quality footwear for the trails, cliff sides and the streets. Their company philosophy is based within their motto “Stay Wild”, which we share passion for about here at Hiking and Fishing. Further, Garmont offers a 1 year warranty on all products sold, which underscores the brand’s commitment to high-quality products and customer service.
You can read more about Garmont here.
About The Boots
|Upper||Highly wear-resistant synthetic fabric upper with Primaloft® 200g padding for excellent thermal insulation.|
|Waterproofing||G-Dry construction protects from water and wind while ensuring good breathability.|
|Insole||FrameFlex Lite insole provides stability for hauling loads on rough terrain.|
|Weight||Weight: 470 g (1/2 pair size 5UK)|
|Outsole||Vibram Ice Trek traction for great performance in cold and icy environments.|
|Cuff||The ankle cuff is lower on the outside and taller on the inside for better edging, greater overall stability and comfort when traversing and scrambling.|
|Tongue||The tongue matches the asymmetric shape of the top of your foot and ankle. It is thicker to the outside and progressively thinner toward the inside. This anatomic shape keeps the tongue in place resulting in better control, stability and comfort.|
|Toe Box||Features a straighter shape to accommodate the natural position of the big toe. With this design your toes can provide better balance and propulsion.|
Free Standard Shipping
Garmont offers free ground shipping as well as faster shipping options.
Returns & Warranty
A 1 year limited warranty which can be read in more detail here.
Garmont will accept returns if your boots don’t fit or meet expectations within 30 days. The boots need to be returned in sellable condition.
Fit & Comfort
These might be the most comfortable boots we have ever worn, and we have worn a whole lot. They are lightweight, super good looking, and extremely comfortable for high top boots. They are very lightweight, breathable, and warm. The design with the back of the boot being lower than most high top boots makes these super comfortable comparatively to other boots of similar style.
Regarding fit, they appear to be true to size and fit, and feature a large and roomy toe box which is a great feature for many.
Waterproofing & Warmth:
These boots have great waterproofing, and keep melting snow and rain from getting your feet wet. Combined with gaiters, these are really great snowy or muddy condition boots.
Shoe Grip & Traction
Like most of Garmont boots, the traction is great. Utilizing Vibram soles, these have great traction on just about all surfaces. It is easy to strap on microspikes as well.
The Vibram IceTrek soles were designed specifically for cold conditions.
Recommendation and Overall Thoughts:
These boots are awesome for 3 season hiking, or reasonable weather conditions in winter. They are breathable and durable enough for almost all conditions, and lightweight and comfortable enough for some very long hikes.
If you want a lightweight high top boot that is as comfortable as a mid ankle or trail running shoe, this is an awesome option.
Someone that struggles with getting a comfortable and lightweight boot should give these a shot. They are very different than other classic style winter / three season boots out there on the market. The fit is much more like a trail runner, or a mid cut boot than a high cut boot, making them more comfortable than a lot of comparable options in our opinion.
Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about