Garmont Zenith Mid GTX Hiking Boots Brown

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Garmont Zenith Mid GTX Hiking Boots Brown - A mid-cut hiking boot for serious all-weather adventures, Garmont's Zenith Mid GTX offers a balance of breathability and support for multiday trips and medium loads. Winner of the 2011 Outside Gear of the Year Award.

Country of Origin: Imported


  • PU/EVA midsole for shock-absorbing cushion, heel stability, and control


  • Gusseted, padded tongue keeps debris out

Support and Cushioning:

  • TPU spine system provides midfoot support and improved flex
  • Asymmetric cuff height for comfort and support


  • PU (polyurethane) footbed for breathability and moisture management
  • Water-repellent nubuck and abrasion-resistant, breathable mesh upper

Weather and Wind:

  • Gore-Tex XCR membrane for highly breathable, waterproof protection


  • Outsole lugs are shaped and sized to enhance traction and stability


  • Rust resistant hardware and tape webbing with Heel Lock closure system

Traction and Grip:

  • Vibram outsole offers stability and grip on varied terrain


  • Mid-cut design for stability and ankle protection
  • Rubber toe bumper for added protection
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Anatomically Directed Design:toe box, cuff height, tongue, and closure system accommodate the asymmetry of the foot for enhanced fit and performance
Avg. Weight (Pair):2 lb. 8 oz.
Foot Volume:High
Forefoot Width:Medium
Forefoot Width Measurement:3.621 in.
Heel Width:Medium
Heel Width Measurement:2.712 in.
Midsole:Polyurethane, EVA
Outsole:Vibram rubber
Shank:TPU spine
Upper:Nubuck leather, mesh
Volume Measurement:810 ml
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Garmont Zenith Mid GTX Hiking Boots Brown Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great boot!

I bought these boots in Spring/Summer of 2012. Walked a lot to be sure they were broken in well - some short day hikes, walked dog, etc.... Wore them in Summer 2012 when car-camping. Used on some 2 hr day hikes. Broke in well and easily. Some said not needed, but always a good idea to break in boots prior to hard use. 1st real test Nov 2012 - wore on 3.5 hr, 4 mile hike up Nineteen Mile Brook Trail to Carter Hut in NH. Traction was great on wet and at times mucky trails. Exterior got wet on hike - feet didn't get wet, but they didn't fully dry out overnight in Hut (placed near wood stove)but the inside was still dry and comfortable for walk down the next day. This past summer hit Webster-Jackson Trail to Mt. Jackson, then over to Mizpah Hut. Feet felt great. Very slow hike with beginner friend of mine - on my feet for 7.5 hrs. No hot spots, great traction - including some tough rock scrambling up to and over Mt. Jackson. Great boot - was close to buying a pair of Vasques but these had less of a heel. I am 250, 6'3", and wear orthotics with these due to flat feet. Ankles feel great in these boots! Highly recommend.
Ari the hiker at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2013

Great for URBAN hiking

I deliver newspapers everyday and so I call what I do URBAN hiking. Pavement, puddles, grass lawns, concrete walkways, stone walls, rain, snow, sun, etc... present challenges that I face each morning. I really DO NOT like wet feet so the gortex option is a MUST and it works very well. I used to wear winter boots to guarantee that my feet stay dry, but they were too warm and heavy for the summer time. These boots work great so far. I did not have to break them in or treat them in any way. They are lightweight and protect my feet from morning moisture. I bought them for about half price after coupons/discounts too and that makes them very worthwhile.
Professa at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

Very comfortable, Great grip

Very comfortable boots. Grip on these is the best of any boot I have owned in dry conditions. I bought these for an extended trip out west and they were great for bagging peaks in CO, UT and WY. No blisters or foot pain in a month of heavy use for 10 mile mile, 4-5K foot elevation gain hikes. The only con is that the upper is not the most durable (but still okay). I treat stuff pretty hard and spent a lot of time on rocks and the uppers are showing a little wear. Great boot for scrambling.
triyoda at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2011

Great Boot!

These are the most comfortable hiking boots I've owned. Last weekend I took a 20 mile hike on one of backpacker's ten most difficult day hikes. "The Enchantments" Not one blister and only in the last hour did my feet start to heat up at all. GREAT BOOTS!
funkstuf at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

Good shoes lacking quality control

Overall, I think these are very well designed shoes, using proven material (ie. Vibram soles). However, it took several exchanges until I got a pair that had no manufacturing defects. If and when the quality control is improved these shoes would go to the head of the class.
Natureguy at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 11/11/2011

So far so good

So far so good. Used twice on cooler summer days. Looking forward to using on a 4,000 footer in VT.
I have a moderately wide foot - nothing crazy, but these shoes fit nicely.
Dave the hiker at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2013

Treat Your Feet

I've worn Garmont Flash boots for years and never thought they could be improved upon until I tried the Zenith model. A subtle difference to be sure but an improvement over an already reliable boot.
Mountain man at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2011

Excelent boot

I have been using these boots for work and they are great. They needed no break in and my feet have no hot spots from wearing them for 12 hours a day.
Scadillac at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2012

Great Hiking Shoe

Good hiking shoe, just needs to be broken in before a serious hike trip. Overall can't say a bad thing about this shoe, very good support and traction.
LL at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

narrow heels great fit.

I'm a distance runner. I hike about 20 miles per day and I have narrow heels. These are the best fitting shoes so far.
Matt at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Great... until they wear through

I bought these in an EMS store early last year before heading out on a dayhike of several miles. When comparing, I narrowed my choices down to these and some Merrells. I picked these because the Merrells felt narrow. I asked the clerk what kind of break-in time these had and he said only a little.

I wore them around the house for about three days before my hike and liked them. When out on the trail, I wore medium-weight socks and had no issues with rubbing or anything else. I was pleased!

I wore them on several more hikes over the spring and early summer, and they handled it all. When going through water my feet did not feel a drop, and when navigating rocks (such as Mt. Cardigan in central NH) they were satisfyingly grippy.

Part-way through summer, I got a job where I needed protection from water. I called on my Garmonts because they had worn so great on the trail. I wore them approximately 40 hours/week for three months, but eventually saw signs of wear on the sides of each boot. One of the mesh sections is where the toe bend is, and over time that mesh does not hold up as other materials would. I did not do anything more strenuous than walk - a lot! - in these boots, and do not consider the wear a defect, but rather a fundamental flaw of the design.

That is the only problem I have had with them, and I do still wear them if I am going on a dry hike/walk. That said, I am looking for another brand and a pair with a tougher upper for this year.
VT Hiker at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2013

Painful experience on steeps

I bought these boots to replace my Garmont Syncro, which are too warm in the summer. I tried on a size 1/2 too small and was pleased with the fit in the store. I took them on a flat trail and they performed well, I even jogged in them. The were so comfortable I decided to take them on a 4000' hike. They performed well on the approach, but once I began the steep ascent, gravity caused my heel to slip painfully backwards. Nothing I did eased the pain, and I eventually had to untie the shoe and wear them like flip flops. Not fun on loose rocks. I returned them for a half size larger, installed super feet insoles, and wore thicker socks and a liner. The pain returned on the steeps during the next hike. It seemed these boots were not made for steep climbing. Returned them again for Asolo 520s, which are exceptionally comfortable on steep inclines.
Erik at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2011

Great fit, poor quality :(

Bought these last year when i 1st got into hiking. guy at EMS said these were good bang for buck. put them on and they fit amazing. over the next 16 months i took them on numerous hikes. 23 High Peaks in the ADK's including a week long backpacking trip and they always performed. last week while coming down mt Marcy a huge rip formed in on of the mesh sides. Emailed customer service a week ago. Garmont has yet to get back to me...

other than the not lasting thing they are super comfy!
Joshy at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2013

1st non-military issued hiking boots :)

I've never had a pair of hiking boots except for military issued. Definitely a lot more comfortable. I was a little surprised at how heavy they were and made me think if I should've gotten the low cut boots, but I think the ankle support is worth it. Definitely going to take some time to break in. I did cross a stream to check the water proofing. No issues. I have a feeling these will be even better after a few more miles.
jmorga02 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2011