The Kayland Comet Mid has got to be the coolest-looking boot on the market at the moment. Slick suede uppers with understated style that would be at ease in any urban setting belie a pair of very capable climbing boots. The uppers are very supportive yet ultra-comfortable, thanks to well-thought-out and nicely balanced use of padding and layering. Inside a layer of Gore-Tex keeps water at bay, and paired with the suede it breathes well, thus avoiding the clammy feel that some waterproof linings seem to give. Lacing is top to toe but without hooks at the top. This gives a very good range of fits to allow for a change when either climbing or walking. On rock the Vibram Link sole grips with amazing tenacity and instils a high level of confidence on friction holds. On edges the EVA midsole flexes a bit and while it still ‘sticks’, it does take a bit of practice to become totally comfortable with the action. A toe rand helps with toe jamming but does not extend enough to offer full protection from scree. The tread pattern is too shallow to deal with extended periods on mud or wet grass, making the Kayland Comet Mid best suited to conditions on clean rock or summer via ferrata routes.
Uppers materials suede
Waterproof lining GoreTex
Sole unit Vibram Link with an EVA midsole
Women’s sizes smaller sizes use a female specific last
Men’s sizes 3-13 with half sizes
Weight (pair, size11) 1096g
The Kayland Comet Mid is an interesting boot capable of dealing with harder scrambles and lower-grade rock-climbs yet with very slick styling. As an aside, a pair of these boots would be ideal for a spot of ‘buildering’ – urban adventures of the vertical kind!
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine April 2014