Boot Review: Kayland Contact 1700

A boot that actually improves your agility

Can a shoe improve your agility? Our uncoordinated tester says yes after wearing these athletic midweights along paths from the Catskills to the Cascades. They handle rough trails and big loads, yet are incredibly nimble on slippery terrain. The combination of a stiff, supportive midsole, foot-hugging last, asymmetric lacing, and gluelike traction make them a great choice for anyone who likes to hike with grace. Best for medium- to low-volume feet.

Price: $199