Materials: leather, eVent
Use: Long day hikes, easy and rough trails, multiday backpacks
Break-in Period: Short
Price Paid: $185
I got a pair of these online a year ago, and really wanted them to work out. My foot is rather wide, and I looked long and hard to find a fit as good as these. I also liked their low weight, the eVent lining rather than Goretex, their flex, and the good aggressiveness of the sole.
But, after using them for 10 or so day hikes and a couple of average backpacking trips here in Washington State, the seam failed during a trip this week, along about an inch beside the ball of my foot on the left boot. So far seams on the right boot are OK.
I wondered if this might happen since these seams are positioned where they are subject to a lot of stress and flex.
So, I like the boot, but regret the seam failure. I have contacted Kayland to see if they will repair or replace, and may update this review depending on their response.
Update: November 24, 2011
Update: Kayland exchanged the boots... and the second pair has held up well.
Materials: eVent & leather
Use: day hikes & around town
Break-in Period: none
Weight: not sure
Price Paid: ~ $200
These are the best hiking boots I've ever owned!!! I have a rather wide foot, so for me, finding a boot that doesn't crush my foot has always been a challenge.
I had purchased a pair of Asolo hiking boots, but every time I wore them, my feet would sweat and my toes would hurt. I was actually wearing my Asolo's when I tried on the Kayland's. All I can say is wow.
The fit was fantastic, my toes weren't crushed together. The other piece was that after wearing my Asolo's for a few hours, I would take them off, and my socks would be wet.
I don't have that issue with my Kaylands. They are so much more comfortable that I now wear them almost every day. I really like the way the laces are with the boot. They really help hold the boot to my foot, so when I am hiking, I'm much more relaxed because my feet don't really slide around.
I currently just day hike, southern portion of the A-trail, and after a 6 - 8 mile, my feet are still in great shape. No hot spots.
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Description of Kayland Convert Hiking BootsLightweight and durable the Kayland Convert draws upon the finest elements of perennial best sellers to maximize comfort and versatility. With an enhanced rocker last providing a more natural forward motion to eliminate fatigue the Convert brings backcountry hiking enthusiasts to the front of the line. FeaturesEnhanced Rocker - The last has been designed with an enhanced rocker to promote a natural, rolling, forward motion and reduce energy expenditure.New Convert Lacing System - Combines anatomical asymmetry, extended lacing for precise adjustability all the way to the toe free-floating lace points for optimal conformability of the upper and an ankle lock system to hold the heel in place.New Kayland Active Sole - Designed specifically for our hiking line, Kaylands Active Sole features a high-traction rubber outsole, a molded EVA midsole, and molded TPU stabilizers in the arch and heel, all of which combine to ensure superior grip, stability, and cushioning on and off trail.Rubber Toe Cap - Knurled rubber toe cap resists abrasion and enhances durability.Roll insoleMountain Asymmetric 2 last
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version
Drawing upon the finest elements of perennial best sellers, the Contact and the Vertigo High, the Kayland Convert Lightweight Hiking Boots - Men's is sure to convert outdoor enthusiasts looking for optimal comfort, light weight, durability, and versatility for backpacking, hiking, and other mountain endeavors. A Backpacker Northwest Editor's Choice for 2008.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version