Kayland Super Ice
The Kayland Super Ice boot is the newest boot in their…
Materials: hybrid leather/carbon fibre, eVENT membrane, primaloft fill
Use: waterfall ice climbing
Break-in Period: 0 days
Weight: 2.0 kg (both boots)
Price Paid: $550 CDN
The Kayland Super Ice boot is the newest boot in their mountaineering line that is suitable to general mountaineering, waterfall ice climbing, and mixed climbing. I will comment on my initial impressions of the boot since this is the first season that I have used them.
The boot is a hybrid leather/carbon fibre design that is popularized these days by LaSportiva's original Trango series. My biggest like for this style of boot is 0 break-in time. Compared to my first set of single leathers (Scarpa Cerro Torre) these boots fit perfect right out of the box with no chaffing or hot spots. Kayland markets these to a medium foot width but my E width feet felt perfect in them. EE width might be a problem that only Invernos can solve. The boot uses eVENT as a waterproof membrane which has the added effect of being a semi-vapor barrier keeping your feet toasty warm. I've worn them in -25 C weather with no cold toes (but my metabolism is high). So it sounds like a great boot, but why only 4 stars?
The boot isn't perfect.
I firmly believe that there are "teething problems" with the Kayland Super Ice that the company should address immediately. The biggest peeve is the weird shaped toe welt that seems to fit only one crampon design on the market (Charlet Moser Dart). Kayland should eschew some aesthetics to make a more crampon compatible welt like the ones on Scarpa or LaSportiva boots. On the other end the rear welt fits most crampons BUT it is made of a very soft material that readily deforms should you "misalign" your crampon while reefing on the release. This is a clear design flaw as LaSportiva or Scarpa boots don't exhibit this so Kayland should clear it up TOUT SUIS!
Still, despite these peeves it is the best (albeit the most expensive) boot that I have had the pleasure of stinking up.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Kayland Super Ice Super Ice has been designed to meet the needs of mountaineers looking to take on demanding glacier travel or ice falls. The upper is made from highest quality water- repellent leather and a new material made of carbon Kevlar fibre, which is coated with a thin plastic layer to ensure excellent protection from the cold, water and possible injury. The boot combines the waterproofing and insulation of a plastic boot with all the benefits and comfort of a traditional leather boot.Features:Lining: Event system and primaloftLast: A5Sole: Vibram BreithornMidsole: Triple force midsole Insole: Nylon/ fiberglass + felt + aluminumUpper: KFC (Kevlar + Carbon fibres) + water repellent leather Weight: 1000 gr Level of rigidity: 9 Crampons: automaticAn innovative boot for ice climbing and mixed terrain, designed together with the Kayland Professional Team. It's main characteristics are its lightweight, warmth and unparalleled fit. Upper made from state of
- US Outdoor Store refers to the unisex version
PrimaLoft-insulated leather boots designed for vertical ice climbing and winter/spring mountaineering. Extremely warm for a single leather boot. Outsole rigidity: 9 (on a scale of 1-10). Ankle designed to allow excellent lateral flexibility, which conforms to natural flex of foot. Offers enough support for extended front pointing and is ideal for all-around performance. Upper: CKF - carbon and Kevlar fibers within a polyurethane wrap are combined with Bi-Cast leather uppers. Lining: waterproof eVENT barrier + PrimaLoft insulation. Vibram Breithorn tread for aggressive traction on packed snow; step-in crampon bail grooves. Carbon-fiber honeycomb midsole overlaid with graded nylon, a layer of aluminum (as a reflective radiant heat barrier), and wool additional insulation. Perimeter of the outsole incorporates a protective rubber rand for durability and performance in mixed terrain.
- EMS refers to the unisex version