Kayland Men's Vertigo Dual Backpacking Boots
The John Muir Trail through the High Sierras of CA is 220 miles long. In the spring youll encounter muddy trails, rocky terrain, snow and be tempted by off trail routes. Not to mention your pack starts off a little on the heavy side. The Kayland Men's Vertigo Dual Backpacking Boots will give your feet and ankles the support and stability they need while still flexing to let you move naturally and efficiently. Durable suede enhanced by rubber rands means this boot will last through many seasons of backcountry adventures. Slopping through marshy meadows is not a problem when your feet are kept dry by the waterproof and breathable membrane eVent that lines this boot. Cocona textile lining wicks moisture away from your feet to help keep them cool and fresh on the sunny days (of which there are many). A Vibram Tork outsole grips the trail and protects your feet from debris. Pull on a pair of Kayland Vertigo Dual Backpacking Boots for men and check the JMT off your life list.
- Upper: Suede 1.6/1.8 mm water resistant, Ultra Resistant Textile, Rubber Rand
- Lining: eVent® (waterproof/breathable), Cocona® (activated carbon made from coconut shells, recycled and sustainable)
- Insole: light
- Midsole: Shock Absorber Microporous, Double Density PU Heel, TPU Injected Shank
- Outsole: Vibram® Tork
- Construction: Board Lasted
- Fit: Precise, Form-fitting footwear based on Derby construction or including an internal boot with a specific lacing system, upper is designed to precisely wrap the foot delivering a supportive fit
- Rigidity: medium
- Shaft Height: 6.5 in
- Heel Height: 1.5 in
- Circumference: 15 in
- Weight: 31 oz
Purchase the Kayland Vertigo Dual Backpacking Boots for Men from Altrec.com. All order totals over $45 qualify for free ground shipping.
- August 15 2011
Comfy... but not
Disclaimer: I am a 6ft tall, 225lb built male with 13-13.5 (eu 48) size feet. My right foot is almost a half size larger than my left and I have a low to flat arch with normal to wide forefoot and an average heel. The orignal fitment of the boot was good. Just enough heel space when foot was moved forward in the boot, nice wiggle room for toes, tiny heel lift, good volume fill, comfortable flex with rocker etc. so I decided to test it out on a standard day hike that puts the fitment to the test... This boot was tested on a 5 mile, 2700 vertical foot hike in S. Cal. After an hour and I half of hiking I quickly realized this wa not the boot for me. On the up hike, regardless of how it was laced the boot or the sock choice (I typically bring multiple socks and liners of variant thickness to test the boot) did nothing to prevent the heel from slipping dramatically. On the down hike, once again, nothing could be done to stop my big toe from hitting on the outer edge of the boot. As a result, after 2 hours in these boots, I was left with mutliple hot spots and blisters on both heels and my right outside big toe. My heel and the heelcup just do not match, and the foreboot spacing is too narrow for my larger right foot. While the flex and comfort left my legs feeling great, my poor tootsies just couldn't handle the fitment. I will say that for stability, control and feel these boots did the trick (for my hike and terrain) but the fitment was just terrible. I have tried the La Sportiva Glacier and Karakorum as well as the Scarpa Charmoz and even though these are supposed to be a stiffer mountaineering boot, the fitment and comfort of these is far superior and requires zero break-in time for my feet as compared to these Kayland's. It is interesting to note the La Sportiva's are the Makalu last and the Scarpa's are the FT last. The interesting part is the Kayland MXT boot fits my average to wide forefoot perfectly but these seem to be better suited for someone with a narrow foot and full heel. I wish the specs would have mentioned the difference in last's as I would never have purchased these boots knowing the difference. Typically I expect backpacking boots, especially ones made out of synthetics and claiming to be a "moderate" stiffness to require little break-in time, but considering how my feet reacted, I cannot say these ever wouldl "break in" to my feet. In fact, my feet would have been broken by these boots. In the end, I cannot comment on the Event, the overall waterproof-ness or the breathabililty and durability because I simply did not have the chance and will not give them the chance. Even the La Sportiva's and Scarpa didn't require the beating of my feet to feel comfortable like I assume these would have, had I given them the chance. If your foot is at all similar to mine, stay away!