Kayland Vertigo High
Price Paid: $219.95
This is an outstanding boot. It is incredibly comfortable from the first time you put it on.
I have taken these boots on day hikes, up and down the Grand Canyon, and turkey hunting through deep mud and creeks. These boots have performed flawlessly and they have been a pleasure to slip on each and every time I have used them. They have been completely waterproof and wonderfully breathable.
I would highly recommend these boots for anyone looking for a tough high quality boot.
Materials: combination of suede and synthetics - eVent lining
Use: light backpacking, scrambling, mountaineering
Break-in Period: pretty short
Weight: 710 gr
Price Paid: $190
I was looking for a lighter-weight boot for more difficult, scrambling hikes that might include some very easy rock climbing and crossing of snow fields. This boot appears to be a perfect choice for peak-bagging with a light load on my back.
The design of the Vertigo High strikes a nice balance between providing support and allowing me to remain nimble.
They feel very light on my feet compared to my full-on trekking and winter climbing boots. Yet the soles are stiff enough to give me good support and protection. The cut of the boots is somewhat asymmetrical - the inside of the forefoot/big toe area is shaped a little bit like a rock-climbing shoe, which adds to my confidence in these boots when scrambling up alpine rock.
My understanding of eVent (as opposed to Gore-Tex) is that it might not be as waterproof, but it is more breathable. My experience with these boots in brief splashes through streams and a bit of walking across slushy snow fields is that they are definitely water-proof enough for my needs; and, pretty decent in their breathability. I'll need more time in them to give a conclusive answer on that though. I haven't subjected them to prolonged wet conditions yet.
The fit is pretty true to size. I am usually between an 8.5 or 9 (US sizing). With these, I went with the 9.
All in all, an excellent boot for mountain scrambles.
Materials: leather & event
Use: hiking, backpacking
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $160
Great boot!!! Very comfy right out of the box. Long break-in's are a thing of the past with boots like these available.
Lace-to-toe option is great for adjustments and the two upper speed laces are great. These boots go on like slippers but do not let that fool ya; they are lightweight but offer tons of support for backpacking or peak bagging.
Soles stiffness is just right. You can wear these all day and your feet do not sweat; Event lining breathes much better than Gore-tex. Kayland really got it right with this boot.
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Boot ideal for approach use, via ferratas and light trekking.
- GearX.com refers to the men's version
Winner of the Outside Magazine Gear of the Year Award. The new Kayland Vertigo Light takes the concept of light-weight hiking performance to a new level. Based on the same last as Kaylan's award-winning Vertigo High, the Vertigo Light weighs in at a mere 1080 grams per pair in a US Men's 9. The upper is constructed of a breathable, abrasion resistant textile, with an Action Leather rand for added durability and support. The boot features and eVent Cocona lining and a VibramMars outsole.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The Kayland MenAAAs Vertigo High Boots give you solid support when you scramble up a scree-covered slope or slog through mud and snow while carrying a 55-pound pack. This former winner of the Backpacker Editors Choice Award features eVent waterproof breathable insert so your feet stay dry during stream crossings, on glaciers, and in wet weather. Cocona lining wicks sweat and soaks up foot funk. Rocker bottoms on the these Italian boots encourage your feet to stride naturally, and internal padding helps stabilize the ankles and locks the heels down. Kayland extended the lacing all the way to the toes to ensure a precise fit. The Vertigo HighAAAs IADS (Integrated Absorbing Drive System) absorbs shock during heel strike, provides torsional stability so youAAAre less prone to turning an ankle, and propels you forward when you push off with the balls of your feet at the end of your stride.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . The only thing about Kayland's Vertigo High eVentand#174; hiking boots that will make you dizzy is trying to wrap your head around how many peaks you can bag when you're wearing them. The eVentand#174; waterproof breathable membrane keeps you dry through slush and snow, and innovative I.A.D.S. Pro technology provides stability, comfort and forward momentum. Available Colors: ROPE/COCOA, COCOA/GREEN. Sizes: 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 13.5.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version