Kayland Vertigo High

This is a more dedicated via ferrata boot than some other climbing boots, with a very neat toe profile and extended lacing system that enhances the fit around the toe. The upper is suede with an eVent waterproof lining. A rubber rand protects the forefoot. The ankle cuff is kinder on the body than most as it is quite low-cut and so it allows a very natural walking action. Underfoot you get a stiff Vibram sole unit that feels ideal for general climbing and particularly via ferrata routes and scrambles. At 1708g (pair, size 11) it is lighter than many comparable boots too, which again is a real advantage on more technical terrain. The low price is a particular advantage of this boot compared with many others here. Use this on short, technical climbs and its performance will shine through as the best here. But a full leather upper is going to be more durable than the suede upper provided here, and others have a fuller rand to improve durability still further. The sole unit is not as good as some others either, lacking a dedicated smooth climbing zone and clinging instead to a rather standard-issue cleated pattern. All this points to a boot that is better on the rock than off it, which limits its all-round usefulness.

 

Upper: suede leather, eVent waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram Tsavo
Sizes: 7-13 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Crampon compatibility: B0
Weight: 1708g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in UK: England 5; Wales 0; Scotland 1; Ireland 0

Verdict: Buy it if you want a good boot that is dedicated to scrambling and via ferrata rather than a full mountain day.