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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009
Don't let the tough and sturdy exterior fool you—inside this boot is pure, luxurious comfort.
"It's like looking at a tank and crawling inside to find plush carpeting, fancy couches, and beer on tap," one seasoned tester said of this leather-and-synthetic mountain boot after outings in Colorado's Indian Peaks and Never Summer Wildernesses.
The flawless comfort and fit comes from a superbly cupped heel, great arch support, and luxurious toe space; the eVent membrane armored against mud-season slop and snow, while proving breathable even on 70°F days. The Contact has the support for loads of 50 pounds or more, thanks to a midsole that's fairly stiff, but a pronounced rocker gives the comfort of a lightweight boot for smooth striding. Best for medium-volume feet. $230; 3 lbs. 5 oz. (men's 9.5) Kayland.com