Kayland Apex XT
I am a forester and bought these boots because of…
Price Paid: $180
I am a forester and bought these boots because of the Vibram sole. Hard to find a hiker/light weight mountaineering boot with a Vibram sole.
I have worn them in the pine of VA for 1 week, and today is the first day back home working in WV. I wore them 2 days prior to break them in. So, a total of worn 8 days in the woods.
The rubber from the toe around on the in step on both pairs are peeling half off now. The woven fabric inserts at the break in the boot are starting to show fiber breakage from the movement of walking. I do not see the durabilty at all.
I paid a little less than some of the $220 + advertised on the web, but still not pleased with the product. I am only 7 days in and work 5 days a week in the woods wearing them. So, it will be interested to see how long they do last.
They are light, they do take 2 days of use to break in, the traction is great, not too bad on warmth in the summer, haven't tried the waterproofing yet (but not good signs with the cracking fiber material), A good set of insoles are a must, i repeat a must!! After you get that they are comfortable.
I'd say if you are a recreationalist needing a good boot for the special trips, yeah possible. If you need a boot to work in, and wear more than on occasion not a good design!
These are great boots for mixed routes and Alpine…
These are great boots for mixed routes and Alpine climbing. They do well on snow but excel on long approaches bushwacking through varying conditions. They are light weight, breathable, and have excellent support. The full shank make ice climbing and edging on rock sections easy.
Pretty much the best boots for mountaineering and climbing I have ever used.