Garmont Tikal – the warm weather travel shoe.
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From trail running, mountaineering and technical treks to backpacking and hiking trips, Garmont shoes were made to help you #StayWild. Incorporating functional technologies to each shoe for best performance, the Garmont Tikal from their travel and lifestyle line lives up to the innovation and all day comfort that the company is known for.
The Garmont Tikal is a multi functional shoe. It’s what you would first think about packing when going on a trip to a city, with plans to visit the surrounding area or countryside for an outdoor adventure. Basically, it’s a stylish (great with any on the go city outfit), yet functional (featuring Michelin soles perfect for trail walks) shoe.
Garmont Tikal Pros
- Michelin® Cross Terrain Outsole
Michelin, known for their tires, is also making tires for people. That is, in the form of technical soles. Garmont is one of the few companies that uses Michelin soles featuring rubber compounds and sculptures inspired by Michelin’s high performance tires.
I first wore my pair while in Jamaica, taking walks by the beach lined with rocks. Though not waterproof, the shoes worked well on the terrain of small and large rocks bordering the beach with just the right amount of grip.
- Non Bulky
Generally, hiking shoes tend to look bulky and don’t not very stylish with every outfit. The Tikals don’t look overly technical, yet still functional.
Speaking of the look of the shoe, it’s also stylish, coming in several colors. For women, the Garmont Tikal is available in Sand, a light khaki shown in this review and Grape, a dark wine/burgundy color.
Meanwhile, men’s are offered in Beige, similar to the Sand for women but slightly darker and Blue, a shade of blue somewhere between a cobalt and teal.
- Multi Functional
As mentioned, the Tikals are a city to outdoor adventure shoe. But that’s not the only multi use for the shoe. Since these shoes are best for warm weather, they can be worn with or without socks. It’s like a sandal alternative, since the design was made for your feet to feel comfortable in warm weather.
I prefer to wear mine with socks, but the leather upper and tongue are soft and feel comfortable on bare feet.
The Tikals are slightly heavier than my running shoes but definitely not as heavy as my hiking boots. It also won’t take up a lot of space in your suitcase – the leather outer is soft so you can press it down to fit in between your other items.
- Garmont Technology
Each part of the shoe was constructed for a reason. The outside upper, tongue, toe cap and heel are made with reversed leather for optimal breathability and great comfort.
The toe bumper and heel reinforcement are made with PU plastic for better protection.
A coconut hair footbed with cotton lining for moisture-wicking properties.
Under the coconut hair footbed is a cork lasting board, built for natural comfort.
EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate material) and cork midsole, for comfort and stability.
And a Michelin cross terrain outsole for reliable traction on different terrain.
Garmont Tikal Cons
None at this point. It is an athletic fit with a wide toe box, so your toes won’t feel squished during all day wear. I personally could’ve done with a half size smaller. But their smallest women’s size is 6.
Also, you can get some models of regular walking or running shoes from Nike for example for around $60 – $75, which is half the price of what the Tikals retail for at $135. Unless you plan on doing some light hiking while traveling, you could just opt for regular athletic shoes instead of these as your walking shoes.
The Garmont Tikals are the travel shoes to pack if you’re headed during a warm season to a city and plan on taking light hikes outside of the city.
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The Garmont Tikal shoes were provided for this review. As always, this Garmont Tikal shoe review contains only the honest views and opinions of the reviewer.