Kayland Apex Trek 2009

The Kayland Apex Trek 3-4 season boot is very lightweight for its class and yet it benefits from a great package of features and is no slouch in terms of performance either. The upper is made from a combination of fabric and leather with an eVent waterproof lining. The rubber rand extends around the front of the boot for improved durability. The stiffness in the sole is ideal for tackling snow and the ankle will provide good support on uneven terrain. Unlike many more general boots, the toe profile and lacing are both designed to improve the performance of the boot when scrambling and climbing. The outsole provides plenty of grip and wear for many years’ use in the hills on all types of terrain. So this looks like an excellent lightweight, year-round boot that is well-designed for hill-walkers’ needs. But compared to some other boots there is a lot of stitching on the upper of the Kayland Apex Trek, which may fail before a non-stitched single piece leather upper for example. The fit is quite close, which is ideal for scrambling and mountaineering and fine for me, but walkers may prefer something a little more forgiving, particularly if they have a wider foot.

Upper leather and fabric; eVent waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Tsavo
Sizes 7-13 (men’s); 3-8 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 1888g (size 11)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 14

Verdict
The Kayland Apex Trek is a superb lightweight walking, scrambling and mountaineering boot for a wide variety of terrain if you prefer a slightly more profiled fit at the toe.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2009