If you are looking for a boot that bridges the gap between a beefy approach boot and a speedy mountaineering boot then the Garmont Mens Tower GTX Mountaineering Boot is the perfect choice. The Tower received Rock Ices Editors Choice award for Best Value. With a Gore- Tex lining and low stretch Schoeller Grundware upper you get a waterproof boot but also a boot that wont stretch out to much. The fiberglass frame keeps the Tower GTX light but durable and stiff enough on steep ascents. The fiberglass frame is 3/4 length so its flexible enough on long approaches and secure enough for front point crampons. The vibram rubber sole and rand keep your foot holding on dodgy traverses. The Tower GTX fits like a hiking boot rather than a close fitting plastic mountaineering boot.