The Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX is a hiking shoe that could be taken for an approach shoe or even a low top mountain boot. It features a stiff and heavy-duty sole that eats up rugged terrain and has full grain leather material that will resist wear and tear. Other shoes in this review tend towards lower weight materials, and while they are more breathable and comfortable for long days on the trail, the Dragontail is made for rough trails and ascents. This shoe is the burliest of the hiking shoes we reviewed, and it is no wonder why it has garnered so many positive reviews - people love this shoe for its outstanding off-trail performance, and we do too, which is why we have awarded it our Top Pick for Scrambling award.
If you are looking for something a bit lighter, but still want dependable traction, then check out the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX, another great off-trail performer. It doesn't hold a flame to the durability of the Dragontail, yet offers more all-around utility.