User Review: Kayland Men's MXT
Price Paid: $280
Bought these boots for aid climbing and mountaineering.
The performance for actual mountaineering is yet to be tested, but I used the boots for two days while hiking at Alps in Austria. After the trip, I noticed that the side of my big toe had gone numb, apparently permanently. I think it was caused by a small edge inside the boot that after pressing repeatedly against the toe damaged it. I suppose you could file the edge a bit, put some filling there, or something.
On the positive side, I've used the boots for aid climbing and been very satisfied. As you don't walk around much when climbing, the toe doesn't suffer much. For this use, the boots are really great. For via ferrata, the soles may be too hard, especially on metal rungs, and the boot doesn't smear very well. Edging is of course much better than with hiking boots, though I can't say that it's great, as the ankle support doesn't extend as high as it does with some mountaineering / ice climbing boots. I have also tried the boot for ice climbing a bit. It's not really optimal for that as the sole is not hard enough and the tip bends a bit, which makes front-pointing a pain, but you can get through.
As the boot doesn't have any special locking mechanism for the laces and as they are round and therefore rather slippery, you need to use proper lock lacing.
I don't like the red color. The old version and the women's version are more decent colors.
Had to buy a bit bigger shoe than I normally buy.
No matter how great boots are otherwise, permanent nerve damage gives them zero stars. If it wasn't for that problem, the boot would be 4-5 stars for its multi-purpose use for mixed hiking and climbing.