Gear Institute's Best Backcountry Boots of 2012-13: Garmont Cosmos

The Garmont Cosmos is an extremely lightweight, four-buckle AT boot, with a claimed flex of 125

Garmont Cosmos.     Photo: Garmont

THE GOOD
    •    One of the lightest four-buckle boots on the market.
    •    Comfy from the get-go—without even cooking liner.
    •    Buckles are well designed—very easy to negotiate.
    •    Rockered sole enhances walkability.

THE BAD
    •    Very soft for a four-buckle boot.
    •    Forward lean could be more aggressive.

THE VERDICT
The Garmont Cosmos is a very comfortable alpine touring boot, with welcoming fit and a forgiving on-snow feel being its primary virtues. It’s light and agile, ideal for longer backcountry days and more technical ski mountaineering objectives, though the power for this four-buckle boot leaves room for improvement.

Read the full review at Gear Institute, a network of the best outdoor gear testers in America, dedicated to providing the most professional, objective, and helpful advice you can get about the gear you depend on.

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