Reviewed by Artygirl from Destin, Florida on Thursday, January 19, 2012
A true hiking boot for mountain climbing is what Kayland's are all about. This is not a fashion statement boot but a technically advanced product. It is supposed to have a short toebox to minimize blisters, keeping toes from friction. It is supposed to be stiff in comparison to trail shoes in order to protect from sprains. When critiquing a product, one should judge it by it's true aesthetic, not by it's looks. That being said, this is a good looking well made boot for it's kind. FYI: I ordered the dark brown boots and went up a half size, from 7 1/2 to an 8. I like to hike with padded socks and this gives me enough allowance. First test run was a moderate 3 hour hike over wooded terrain. Results were no blistering, and the boots felt non-cumbersome. The laces stayed tied and there was excellent ankle support. I did not run into any wet spots, but there was plenty of traction climbing up a steep ravine.