The NEMESIS 6 G-DRY boots are a well-made product from Garmont Tactical. These are lightweight and protective waterproof tactical boots. They are great for anyone wanting quality footwear; these are better than standard bootwear offered by run-of-the mill tactical boot brands. You don’t have to have a military or law enforcement background to enjoy well-made boots! Let’s break it down for you:


The Nemesis features a highly abrasion-resistant synthetic mesh upper, combined with their erGo-last, and Double Damper technologies for an ergonomic fit with superior shock absorption. Additionally, they are good looking tactical boots and they’ll allow you to perform at your best. When they arrived by mail, I took them right out of the box and put them on. They fit nicely on my feet. They feel very comfortable. As I mentioned before in a previous Garmont review, if you are a size 10 I recommend selecting the size 10.5; your feet will thank you. Garmont is an Italian company, and many of their shoes have a European shape and narrow toe box. However the toe-box for the Nemesis are actually designed to be pretty roomy. I know that our feet are never equal in size; my left toe felt a little pinched but not to the point of discomfort. When making your purchase, I recommend going up one size just to be on the safe side.

Also, consider when buying footwear that you choose the best socks to pair with them. Anytime I am trying out footwear I will use them for a minimum of 30 minutes every day.  However, I tend to put upwards of 8hrs a day in the boots and shoes that I field test. I live in a mixed-use community where I am able to trek over city streets, hills, grass, and different terrain at any time of the day. We get snow, rain, sleet, mud and ice here in Virginia.  I’ve done well in these shoes and enjoy how Garmont assembled them.

Excellent lacing system using eye-stays, metal and polyester eyelets, and flat lacing.

The tongue is padded nicely, and therefore provides more than expected comfort. The combination of flat laces, metal eye-stays to hold the laces in place, and round, metal eye-lets ensure the soft fabric upper stays against your feet; ensuring you get all around great comfort. Consider too that the human feet have blood vessels, and a major tendon called the extensor hallucis longus runs the length in the area known as the instep. It is so important to select footwear smartly. Lacing your laces too tightly, or using boots without optimal lacing can cause major discomfort, and fatigue. Always choose flat lacing over round lacing.

The tongue provides excellent padding over the instep. The upper is abrasion resistant, and the collar is made of soft Lycra. The boots are well-padded on the inside and are designed for a precise fit around the heel. You end up getting a comfy boot that also provides stability because your feet don’t move around inside the boots. They do really well using them to stand or walk in water. You can stand in water for quite a while, and walk out of it with dry feet. The fabric allows breathability for your feet.

Padded collar for added comfort. 


The boots use aggressive outsoles with enough tread-spacing so rocks don’t get stuck between the lugs. This also allows the boots to be easy to clean when they get muddy. The boots are made with Vibram soles, which means they use a non-slip rubber non-slip material. The rubber is made with flexible material, and this means your feet break in the boots quickly. Vibram soles keep the water out, so you can hike in rainy conditions without getting wet feet and painful boot ache. I like the fact that Vibram soles are known for being especially long-lasting against wear and tear. Boots with Vibram outsoles will last years.

The uppers utilize material similar to GORE-TEx, which they call G-Dry membrane. The membrane guarantees a windproof barrier with up to 10,000 mm waterproof protection, while keeping the foot dry and comfortable even on the wettest days. The G-Dry is ideal for warmer, wet conditions by allowing your feet to breathe while keeping water out. But they are also suitable for moderate weather conditions and temperatures.

Their boot last is smooth and rounded, to more closely follow the shape of the human foot. Because it is made with an anatomical fit, the last wraps the foot better, especially near the heel and bottom of the foot, for a more comfortable, ergonomic fit.

Rubber toe-cap

Heel tab for quick on and off action.

The toe box is flexible and the toe cap offers mild protection from debris. As boots go, this one is a zero drop, as most tactical-style shoes are. A drop is the center of the heel and center of the forefoot; the midsole and outsole are included. Boots with a smaller drop allow your heel and forefoot to touch the ground at the same time, and therefore make your push-off more responsive. Minimal soled boots are generally “zero drop”. I like having as much rubber to the road as possible, and I don’t prefer an elevated posture.


The outsole utilizes multidirectional lugs to give the shoe good traction. The outsole is the durable part of the boot that makes contact with the ground. The lugs provide incredible grip on both wet and dry surfaces, and also helps attenuate the landing shock and loading forces experienced by the body while running or walking.


The boots are priced at $180.00.

Overall thoughts. 

Comfort – 5/5 Excellent comfort.

Durability – 4/5 So far, so good. No complaints. They haven’t given me any issues, like some brands have. Shoes haven’t fallen apart in the 2 months I’ve been using them daily.

Functionality – 5/5 They do well in rain, mud, street, and mix terrain.

Weight – 5/5 With the use of lightweight materials I think you’ll be surprised at how light they feel.

Value – 5/5 A fair price, considering what is offered by similar products and companies out there.

Overall rating – 24/25

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 on my personal experience with the product.

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By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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