“No way…” I thought.  “These boots don’t have any bulk,  I don’t know how they can hold up to the cold.”   Long story short,  4 miles later in the Garmont T8 Extreme Boots in sub-zero temperatures and my feet were still warm and dry.

Two main things impressed me about these boots:

#1 They came out of the box, went on my feet, and then I did 4 miles of hiking and snowshoeing in them without any break-in.   Results: no blisters, no hot-spots… perfect comfort.  For a full-size, cold weather boot they are also unexpectedly lightweight.

#2 A few hours of hiking in February in Northern New Mexico’s Valles Caldera at an elevation of over 8000′ with snow depths from 3′ to 4′ deep and temperatures around -10°F is a hard test of gear.  When I put these boots on, I was a little apprehensive.  They didn’t have the bulk and weight I expected from boots that were designed to keep me warm, but that’s exactly what they did.   My feet stayed warm and dry the whole time.


The Garmont T8 EXREME boots features a 200g 3M Thinsulate membrane.  They are constructed of strong, anti-abrasion materials combining leather with nylon. The snug metal lacing and the VIBRAM® Grivola sole provide excellent support and traction.


Comfort:  5/5  Perfect fit right out of the box, conforms to the foot and doesn’t slide around

Looks:  5/5  Clean, simple styling

Warmth: 5/5 I put these boots through a difficult test of temperatures and they passed with flying colors.

Weight: 5/5 Surprisingly light

Support: 5/5 I didn’t have to lace them super tight to get them to stay put.  Plenty of ankle support.

Total 25/25 – as good as it gets.  

I’ve had an unusually high number of perfect score ratings on my product reviews lately. I can only explain this by saying I’ve been more selective with the products I accept to review.  Maybe, hopefully, we are bit-by-bit moving away from a disposable society to one where durability and quality matter again.  But that’s a different matter.

As to the Garmont T8 Extreme 200g Thinsulate boots, they solidly met all of the performance criteria I was looking for in a set of cold-weather boots.  I am pretty hard on my gear and put it through some rough environments.  For a listed price under $200 (as of February 2022), I think they represent a great value. I’ve certainly paid more for footwear that wasn’t as comfortable and didn’t perform as well. This is the first pair of Garmont boots I’ve ever owned, but I think I have a new favorite brand.

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

*The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the original authors and contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Spotter Up Magazine, the administrative staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

By Michael Lake

Writer Michael Lake is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association and has been actively involved in a variety shooting activities since 1989. In addition to being a certified range safety officer he holds several NRA instructor ratings and armorer certifications. He has received training from the US Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Rifle Team and some of the finest private training facilities in the nation. In 2013 Michael co-founded Adaptive Defense Concepts, a Northwest Ohio-based Training organization. currently a contractor for the Department of Energy managing safety for the National Homeland Security program in Eastern Idaho, an instructor for Badlands Tactical Training Center, and is an accomplished Freemason.

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