Kayland Apex Plus GTX Boots
From the high gaiter and light weight to the durable sole and surprisingly low price tag, Tom Ripley finds a lot to like in these B3 boots.
Although Kayland aren't perhaps as well known in the UK as some other Italian footwear brands, they have a range of products that compete on every level with the likes of Scarpa and La Sportiva.
Kayland are based in Montebelluna, an area that has a strong heritage and history of mountain footwear manufacture. Their current range includes everything from 6000 metre boots to lightweight trail shoes, and everything in between. All Kayland footwear is manufactured in Europe. Here are a few highlights from the 2017 range.
The 6001 GTX is a really impressive boot. Built to the highest standards and featuring a Gore-Tex lining on both the gaiter and the inner boot. Having the Gore-Tex membrane in the gaiter is really advantageous as it provides a first line of defense against moisture and protects against the uppers from becoming saturated. There's more info the 6001 GTX in the video at the bottom of this page.
The Apex Plus is a lightweight, super technical mountain boot. The precision fit, high gaiter and low profile insulation make the Apex Plus perfect for technical alpine climbing. It's also a great choice for icefall climbing. Weight is a very impressive 790g. Both the Apex and Apex Plus models are fully vegan.
The Apex GTX is a B2 boot designed for classic mountaintaineering and easier alpine routes. It's also potentially a great option for anyone operating in the lower Scottish winter grandes. In common with all Kayland footwear, construction and materials used are of the highest quality and weight, fit and performance are up there with anything else on the market.
A massively versatile boot, the Cross Mountain is a very contemporary piece of mountain footwear. Offering low weight and a really nice fit, the Cross Mountain is perfect for a variety of pursuits including backpacking, Via Ferrata, summer alpinism and Scottish winter walking.
Kayland's take on the classic leather hill / mountain walking boot. The Globo is available in both a men's and women's fit and has a 2.5mm nubuck leather for durability and weather resistance. The Vibram outsole provides grip on all terrain and the full rubber rand adds protection to the upper. A Gore-Tex lining ensures complete waterproofness. The Globo is a perfect choice for anyone wanting a tradtional leather book for mountain walking and backpacking.
The Plume Micro GTX is a lightweight, comfortable hiking boot. It's built around a lasted construction and features a Vibram sole unit and a Gore-Tex lining. The Plume Micro GTX is available in both a male and female specific fit. A lightweight valley and hill walking boot that punches above its weight due to the excellent build quality and materials.
New for 2017, the Gravity is a fusion of lightweight comfort and technical performance. Available both with or without a Gore-Tex lining, the Gravity has a unique Vibram sole unit that features two different types of rubber for grip on rock combined with all terrain traction. The assymetric last and lacing means the Gravity fits really well and the rubber toe rand adds durabilty.
A proper approach shoe, the Vertigo K is stiff and supportive for technical approaches, scrambling, easy climbs and via ferrata. It has a close, secure fit with lacing down to the toes, a rubber rand for durability and a vibram sole for excellent traction. Available in both low and mid versions.