Kayland Apex Rock 2008

The Kayland Apex Rock is a great 4-season boot for mountaineers, thanks to the narrow style, which benefits from lacing that extends right down to the toes, so a closer and more precise fit is provided. There is also a locking eyelet that allows you to tighten the lower section and lock it off. This boot is relatively light, too, which further enhances its mountaineering appeal. The ankle cuff is quite high and supportive, but it easily flexes forward as well so walking is reasonably natural and comfortable for a winter boot. Crampons are easy to fit thanks to the heel lug, and comfortable thanks to the stiff upper. The rubber rand adds useful protection on rock. Underfoot there is a good stiffness, aggression and cushioning from the Vibram sole unit, which benefits from a smooth climbing zone under the toe. But while the Kayland Apex Rock is superb for mountaineering and climbing, it is not quite as good as others if you just want a pure winter walking boot as the rolling action is not quite so smooth as it could be. The price tag is high too if you don’t need the extra climbing performance.

Upper leather and synthetic fabric
Lining eVent
Sole Vibram Mulaz
Sizes 7-13 (men’s); 3-8 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 1920g (pair, size 11)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 29
Verdict
Perfect for mountaineering, but if you are more inclined towards winter walking rather than climbing then others have an edge on performance.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008