The Kayland Contact is a modern classic that is well-proven for general hill and mountain walking in the UK and abroad. The Contact is made using a mix of fabric and suede leather on the upper, and this protects an eVent waterproof lining. The lacing extends further down the toes than some other boots, which allows a more precise fit that scramblers may benefit from. The upper provides plenty of support at the heel, and the toe box is solid with a protective rubber rand for extra durability on rocky terrain. Underfoot you get a good Vibram sole unit with good stiffness for rocky ground plus good lugs for the mud. There is good cushioning too, and the overall effect of all these features is to make the Contact ideal for walking and scrambling over hills in the UK and abroad. But the Kayland Contact’s upper is made of many panels so it may not be as durable as a simpler plain leather upper. There are lower-priced options of course and many lighter boots too. If you prefer bendy boots then this is not for you as it is made to be stiff enough to tackle rocky ground and scrambles on a daily basis.
Upper 1.6-1.8mm suede leather, fabric, eVent waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Foura
Sizes 7-13 (men’s); 3-8 (women’s)
Weight 1744g (pair, size 11)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 35
The Kayland Contact is an excellent hill and mountain walking and scrambling boot that would be ideal for many hill-walkers and backpackers.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010