Industry Press Release

Garmont Zenith Mid GTX light hiker wins Outside Magazine Gear of the Year Award


Williston, Vermont (April 15, 2011) — Garmont North America — designers of high-performance ski boots and technical footwear, proudly announce the Zenith Mid GTX has been named Gear of the Year by Outside, America’s leading active lifestyle magazine.

“Winning an Outside Gear of the Year award is a great honor for Garmont,” said Garmont president Gord Bailey. “The Zenith series was born from our passion for clean, innovative design and our mission to create products that enhance outdoor performance.  This award confirms we’ve succeeded.”

Winning the “Light Hiking” category in the Gear of the Year awards, the Garmont Zenith Mid GTX was praised for its durability and breathability. 

The Garmont award will appear in the magazine’s Spring/Summer Buyers Guide, scheduled to hit newsstands on May 1, 2011, remain on display through September, and reach more than 1.3 million readers.

“We tried to beat up and overwhelm this light-hiking boot,” says Buyer’s Guide Editor Sam Moulton. “But we failed. It’s light and flexible enough for quick, mellower hikes, yet still sturdy enough for more serious adventures in more technical terrain.”

The Zenith Mid GTX is a mid-cut boot for serious excursions, from day hikes in the hills to multi-day expeditions on rugged trails. Water repellant nubuk leather and highly breathable abrasion resistant mesh, Gore-Tex upper and Vibram Morlin Hike outsoles create the ideal balance of breathability and support to challenge extreme conditions while keeping feet comfortable.

During extensive testing throughout late fall, Outside’s testing staff raved about the Zenith Mid GTX’s ability to perform in a broad variety of conditions.

“It was the most breathable mid in our test, thanks to well-placed mesh panels,” said the testing team.  “The fit?  Love at first step. Testers raved about the shapely heel cups, which kept feet in place, and smooth liners, which prevented hot spots.”

One pious tester remarked: “I thank Jesus for these boots every day.”

Products honored in Outside’s Buyers Guide include many of the best designed and best performing gear available on the market today.  An exclusive list, the winners of the Gear of the Year award were chosen after several months of demanding tests.

The shoe and boot test, led by Jason Stevenson, called in 63 models (108 pairs) of shoes.  Test venues included Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and Zion National Park in Utah among others.  After the rigorous testing, Garmont’s Zenith Mid GTX survived as one of only nine shoes to appear in the prestigious Gear of the Year listing.

ABOUT GARMONT:  Pushing the limits of performance and design, Garmont is known worldwide for the creation of high-performance ski boots and technical outdoor footwear.   Their exceptional product line includes award-winning alpine, alpine touring and telemark ski boots; and outdoor footwear for mountaineering, backpacking, hiking and trail sports.  For more information on Garmont and their diverse collection of performance designs, please visit