Kayland Apex Trek 2008

If weight is your priority in a 3-4 season boot, the Kayland Apex Trek is a very good option. But it’s not lacking performance-orientated features either. The upper is a mix of fabric and leather, plus there’s a waterproof lining and a big rubber rand to make the boot ideal for scrambling and mountaineering as well as crunching over mixed terrain in crampons. There’s excellent stiffness in the toe and a good, supportive ankle cuff for stability on uneven terrain. The laces can be locked off below the ankle for better lacing tension, and there is an unusual heel strap that further enhances fit without restricting movement when walking. The outsole is a good, stiff Vibram unit with an aggressive set of lugs. So this seems ideal for general hill-walking with a performance edge towards scrambling and mountaineering. But there is quite a lot of stitching on the Kayland Apex Trek’s upper, so this won’t be as durable in the long term as a simpler, all-leather design. The fit is quite close, which is ideal for scrambling and mountaineering; but walkers may prefer something a little more forgiving. The biggest drawback, however, is the cost as there are lower-priced boots that are almost as good for many people.

Upper leather and fabric
Lining eVent waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Tsavo
Sizes 7-13 (men’s); 3-8 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 1888g (pair, size 11)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 14
Verdict
A superb lightweight winter walking, scrambling and mountaineering boot for those who want great performance at any cost.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008