This post is sponsored by GARMONT North America. All opinions are always my own and are never influenced by any free product I receive or relationship I may have with a company.
What I am Reviewing
Today I am reviewing the GARMONT Dragontail G Dry Women’s hiking shoe. Since I always wear hiking shoes when I hike (compared to others who like trail runners or hiking boots), I am excited to try out a different brand (other than my Merrell’s which I have been a faithful user of).
Specs at a Glance
- Garmont G-Dry Waterproofing Membrane
- 1.6 mm suede leather upper
- Extra forefoot volume
- Extended lace-to-toe closure
- Weight: 30.5 oz
- 1-year warranty
What I Liked
Extended lacing – I love that the lacing goes all the way to the toe box instead of stopping at the top of the toe box like other brands. This allows for even more customization of lacing techniques as they are needed.
Waterproof – I am one of those hikers who like waterproofing on their hiking shoes, so this is really appreciated.
Weight – The weight is comparable to other brands.
Cushion – It has just the right amount of cushion in the soles with just the right amount of support.
What to Improve
Toe box – I found the toe box to be a tad too narrow for my liking. My toes felt cramped and I can only imagine how they would feel after weeks of walking when your foot starts to widen and swell. I’d like to see a wider toe box.
Offer Wide Width – Although I do not wear a wide width, I would like to see that option available for those that do. This shoe is more on the narrow side and would be uncomfortable for those with wider feet.
While I did find the toe box to be too narrow for my liking, I find the GARMONT Dragontail G Dry shoe a very comfortable shoe otherwise. I’d definitely use them as my daily hiker but couldn’t imagine using them on multi-week trips due to the narrow toe box. I did find that they are somewhat stiff at first try on, so they would need a brief breaking-in period in my opinion. I found after a couple of days of wearing them they were much less stiff and more comfortable.
I plan to keep testing these to see if they need a break-in period for the toe box to feel more comfortable and will update this post as more testing is done.
I did not get to try out the GARMONT G Dry technology, but once I do I will update this post for that as well.