MoapaPk wrote:I have men's Kayland Contacts, slightly lighter and a bit less stiff. They seem fairly true to size, but are a bit snug with thick socks. The outside of the foot seems a bit tight, but I think that's an issue with my anatomy.
Be aware that Kayland cites weight for one boot usually. The boots may seem cold if your feet sweat a lot and then you spend any time on snow; I think the eVent just gets overwhelmed.
I have a pair of the Contact 1000's from 2007 or so. They are the first Kayland's I have owned, and I like them. The sizing seems pretty normal. My feet measure 9.5 US and usually I wear size 10 boots; same with these. They are backpacking boots -- I just wear regular smartwool hiking socks and polypropylene liners with them, same as any other hiking boot I own. They are kinda heavy but offer a lot of support and I have used them with BD contact strap crampons for snow climbs up to about 35-ish degrees (NE Couloir of Abbot for example). The vibram sole climbs rock pretty decently as hiking boots go
Kayland has different lasts (shapes) for different kinds of boots, much like any other boot maker -- I've tried on some of their mountain boots and did not like the shape of the heel, but I have the same problem with sportivas. I usually find scarpa too wide in the heel, but it has been a while since I tried on any of their mtn boots. Lowa and Asolo mountain boots seem to fit me better (unlike their hiking boots).