Garmont is proud to announce his latest partnership with ENSA the Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme. Founded in 1943 and based in Chamonix (France), ENSA initially had the dual mission of training mountain sports professionals and developing teaching methods for skiing and mountaineering activities. New requirements in terms of quality and safety standards, the integration of European directives and the internationalization of mountain tourism have made the ENSA a benchmark in the field of mountain sports. These are some of the reasons that guided us into this new partnership.

As part of it, ENSA’s mountain professionals will field test Garmont boots and provide useful feedback for improvements and for the future development of new product solutions.

The boots that the ENSA guides will be using include the iconic Dragontail, which in 2017 celebrates its 15th year on the market, and the Pumori LX, a boot specifically designed for technical ice climbers.

“We are proud to be partners of such a globally recognized group of professionals as is ENSA,” says Marco Sancandi, Director of Operations at Garmont International. “Garmont has always been at the forefront of innovation with a strong commitment to the research and development of technical products and this partnership will strengthen this position all the more.”

Here the details of the boots that ENSA is going to test:


An ideal boot for alpine guides and technical mountaineers looking for a fully crampon compatible warm boot. Suitable for high alpine winter mountaineering, classic routes, glacier treks and ice climbing. The internal upper in Cordura® features 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation for footwear to provide lightweight warmth and comfort. The external gaiter features Superfabric in the lower half and elasticized Schoeller® fabric in the upper side, both coupled with a waterproof and breathable membrane. The Helix rubber rand protects both the upper and the midsole from abrasion and rock impact, and provides better grip and torsional stability as well. The Vibram® Titus outsole, with textured semi-blocked heel strike and toe area, enhances grip on hard surfaces.


An ideal boot for alpine guides and expert mountaineers. A semi-automatic crampon compatible boot, lightweight yet stable and reliable for excellent performance without compromises. Suitable for technical mountaineering, mixed routes and ice climbing. The flex insert, tongue and collar are made of one piece of stretch fabric coupled with a stretchy GORE-TEX® lining, for greater comfort and a more anatomical fit while a stretch gaiter on the cuff keeps out debris. A progressive lasting board better matches stiffness/flexibility to the length of the boot, while the original Helix rand offers greater protection from abrasion and rock impact as well as better grip and torsional stability.


For the mountaineer who prefers a low cut shoe, but still needs the stiffness and stability of a boot. Ideal for approach, light trekking, alpine guide training days, high alpine traversing. Very stable and snug fitting, provides an extremely good technical last for climber/hikers. Enhanced heel cushioning and stability thanks to the PU insert. Vibram® Maton outsole for better hiking and climbing performance. Lace to toe closure ensures climbing performance and allows a personalised fit.


For the climber who needs the stability of a “true” approach shoe for carrying heavier loads. Stability and grip combine for a mix of approach and climbing activities. Ideal for technical rock, mixed terrain approaches, scrambling, light hiking tours. Very stable and supportive, with an extremely good technical last for climbers. The lace to toe closure ensures confident foot security within the shoe. Great climbing grip with Vibram’s® XSTrek compound.