Garmont UK Stockist - Up and Under - Exclusive

The reknowned Italian outdoor footwear manufacturer Garmont has agreed to supply Up and Under outdoor gear in Cardiff as their only UK retailer. This is a significant coup for the South Wales outdoor and watersports clothing and equipment retailer. Given the existing quality brands and meticulous range already available at Up and Under Garmont compliments and enhances the available offerings making Up and Under a must visit store for any discerning walker or mountaineer.

Garmont

GarmontĀ® founded in 1964, are based midway between Venice and the Dolomites in the heart of an area rich in high quality outdoor footwear expertise and manufacturing.Ā Garmont are committed to cutting edge materials, technologies and innovations and integrating them with their craftsman heritage to produce outstanding outdoor footwear. Whatever the weather, season or terrain Garmont footwear provides superb comfort, fit and function that complements your foot's natural anatomy.

Up and Under outdoor gear Ltd. based in Cardiff, South Wales have been providing a personalized boot fitting service since 1977. This family run independant retailer selects their staff with a combination of significant outdoor experience and specific equipment knowledge in mind. These staff are rigorous in their search for the best products that they too would use in the outdoors. The footwear department defines the heart of the Up and Under experience where personal service and pursuit of perfection are paramount. A wide range of socks, footbeds, sandals, gaiters, proofants and treatments sit alongside the best off-road running, travel, trekking, hiking, climbing, mountaineering and high altitude shoes and boots. The best brands jump out including other Italian luminaries such as Scarpa, Zamberlan, La Sportiva and Salewa. From the other side of the Dolomites and with a similarly rich footwear manufacturing history are found Meindl and Lowa. Complementing these are Spain's Boreal and from North America names like Arc'teryx, Five Ten and Keen.

Garmont find themselves in great company at Up and Under and the models chosen reflect much of the retailers position in the market and within the UK itself.

Garmont Zion GTX

Up and Under are strong believers in high quality leather boots using minimal stitching, offering a good level of support from a well chosen midsole and a comfortable well fitting upper. The Zion GTX fits this bill with aplomb. The one piece upper and lower tongue of 2.6mm oiled leather, backed up by a Gore-Tex membrane provides belt and braces protection from the elements. Having said this the soft upper tongue, cuff and lining are supremely comfortable. The nylon midsole's stiffness is graduated to provide a soft comfortable flex at the toe yet enough support for carrying heavy loads for a long distance. Underfoot comfort is provided by the footbed and dual density expanded PU midsole. The Vibram outsole (of course) has semi blocked lugs in the toe and heel area for maximum contact on steep rocky paths. Elsewhere the outsole has deep multi-directional chevron lugs for good grip in muddy conditions.

The Zion GTX is fantastic for boggy off-the-trail terrain, steep scree and for coping with heavy loads on long treks and all for 1.5kg a pair.




Garmont Vetta MNT GTX and Vetta MNT GTX WMS

Based in South Wales soft uppered mid height boots are extremely popular and appropriate for Up and Under. The country is lighter with it's ragged coastline and undulating Valleys and Brecon Beacons than the hills further north. Keeping feet dry, getting good grip and minimizing weight and maximizing comfort and pleasure are of greatest importance. The Garmont Vetta MNT GTX laps up the miles with certainty in these environments. But there is something more to these Mids / low cut boots. Note the raised rand, the lacing down to the toe, the climbing zone on the front of the outsole. Take the Vetta to the rugged hills of Snowdonia and apply them to challenges such as the Snowdon Horseshoe and the Cwm Bochlwyd Circuit and you won't be disappointed.

Comfortable and light enough (1.23kg) for country walking yet supportive and secure enough for scrambling and low grade rock climbs, the Vetta is a truly versatile piece of footwear design mastery.





The fit of the Zion and Vetta works for narrow to medium/wide feet and you should go up half a size compared to other similar boots from other brands. If you are an 8 in Salewa you will probably be an 8.5 in Garmont. The Vetta MNT GTX WMN is a women's fit version of the Vetta and offers the same list of features based on a women's last.


This tight range shows a huge degree of promise and will hopefully lead to opportunities to see more Garmont product in the UK at Up and Under in the future.



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