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Pros: Waterproof, beefy sole.
Cons: Not the most comfortable.
Best Uses: Moderate backpacking.
As the least expensive mid-weight hiking boot, the Kailash is just so-so. It delivers stability and support, great traction, and a waterproof membrane, but lacks comfort, sleekness, and the ability to impress. For another, slightly more expensive mid-weight boot that fits more comfortably, check out the Asolo Bullet, which we prefer for backpacking, or the Vasque Breeze. If you need something particularly rugged, go with the Asolo TPS 520 GV - Women's. Our favorite all-around boot that could function just as well as the Kailash in most situations even though it is of lighter weight, is the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Kailash offers decent support, and would work better with heavy loads than the lighter boots such as the Keen Voyageur, but at 1.2 lbs, each one weighs almost as much as the Voyageur's do for an entire pair! It has a firmer heel cup than many of the lighter hikers, a higher rise on the ankle, and offers more stability for a heavy pack.
The Vibram sole on the Kailash is beefier than most of the boots in this review, providing excellent traction and allowing itto perform well on more types of rough terrain. This sole does contribute to additional weight, making this a medium weight boot rather than a light hiker.
The upper of the Kailash feels a bit lumpy. Rather than fitting smoothly around the foot like many others, it bunches when tied tightly. While hiking, when the foot bends it often creates a pressure on the top of the foot. For a sleeker fit that could be worn for miles, try either the Lowa Renegade, the Keen Targhee II, or the La Sportiva Eco 3.0.
The toe rand adds extra protection to the front, and the beefy sole seems as if it will last forever. Some of the seams appear suspect, but so far in our usage we have not had any problems with the boot holding up.
The Kailash has a very traditional techy look to it. For a more interesting look, it also comes in Ginko Green.
Water Resistance / Breatheability
After a spring hike through snow patches and sloppy mud, feet stayed completely dry. The Gore-Tex Performance Footwear lining works its magic.
Because of its beefier sole and solid heel cup, the Kailash is more ideally suited to backpacking with weight than to day hiking.
The Kailash is mid-range in price for a medium weight hiking boot. Our overall opinion of it is equally lukewarm.
Kailash GTX - Men's
— McKenzie Long
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