User Review: Kayland Men's MXT
Use: A mix of short and aggressive day hikes.
This boot feels and looks great in the store. I had some significant challenges after I bought it - some I could overcome, some I could not.
In terms of fit, you should know that the boot is narrower than it first feels. I found my toes were pretty cramped on hikes. Some of the cramping was undoubtedly exacerbated by a custom foot bed I added to the front part of the boot to moderate the slope of the heel, which is significantly taller than the footbed. That caused crippling pressure on my arches, until I raised the front of the footbed to match. It took my 4-5 hikes to get to a point where I didn't carry a spare pair of other boots.
I found that the sole - in particular, the climbing zone at the front of the sole - wore out quickly. In fact, a couple of months after buying my pair, I had to return it to be resoled because the sole was also separating from the rand at the front. I had done some tough hiking in it, but not really all that many miles. That was disappointing.
I also had issues with moisture. This was my first experience with eVent, and it did not appear to be nearly as breathable as Gore Tex. Once the boot gets wet, it stays wet for a very long time. My feet sweated worse than in Gore Tex boots I've worn.
I was also surprised by how quickly the shoelace grommets started to rust. Within the first couple of months, all the grommets were already rusted. Still usable, but doesn't bode well for the longevity of the boot.
I loved the red color, I loved the easy compatibility with hybrid crampons; but I wouldn't recommend it as a rugged, long-term boot or for people with wide feet or low arches.