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Kamik Heidi Review

A very straightforward, elegant boot that is highly affordable.
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Price:  $50 List | $48.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Mid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial traction
Cons:  Basic foot support, minimal insulation
Manufacturer:   Kamik
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 22, 2018
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  • Weather Protection - 30% 7
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Style - 20% 9
  • Traction - 20% 8
  • Warmth - 10% 4

Our Verdict

Based and manufactured in Canada, the Kamik Heidi successfully combines simplicity and cost-effectiveness. The Heidi is fashionable, functional, and deemed one of the most exceptional deals we've had the pleasure of testing. As a Best Buy winner on OutdoorGearLab, it's hard to beat a high performing pair of boots with a cost at the lower end of the spectrum. Great for mild to moderate weather events, the casual slog through the muddy garden, or a lunch date across town, we highly recommend this versatile competitor.


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Pros Mid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial tractionTall flexible shaft, comfortable, adjustable boot circumferenceElegant, sufficient weather protection, wide circumferenceGreat foot support, flexible rubber, sufficient tractionStylish, easy to carry, insulated
Cons Basic foot support, minimal insulationHigh cost, no insulationNo insulation, run a bit largeOily sheen out of the box, rubber changes color when wet, lack of insulationPlush lining comes off, not as tactile
Bottom Line A very straightforward, elegant boot that is highly affordable.The best of the best, this model is a high-quality, stylish boot.A stylish rain boot that still covers all the basics.A techy rain boot made for the hardworking outdoorist.For those who wish to add extra warmth and style to the wardrobe.
Rating Categories Kamik Heidi Original Back Adjustable UGG Shaye Xtratuf Legacy 15" - Women's Bogs Amanda Plush
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Specs Kamik Heidi Original Back... UGG Shaye Xtratuf Legacy 15"... Bogs Amanda Plush
Shaft Height (from ground to top of shaft) 12 in 16 in 13.75 in 15 in 10.5 in
Weight (for pair tested) 2.7 lbs 3.6 lbs 3.1 lbs 3.6 lbs 3.3 lbs
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Mouth Circumference 13.75 in 14-19 in 15.5 in 14.75 in 13-14 in
Upper Phthalate-free Synthetic Rubber Vulcanized Natural Rubber Rubber Triple-dipped chemical resistant latex neoprene Rubber
Lining/Insulation Nylon Knitted Nylon Nylon Nylon Wool
Outsole Synthetic Rubber Blend Natural Rubber Rubber Non-Marking Chevron Rubber Rubber
Insole Removeable Kamik(R) Comfort Footbed Multilayered Sponge Insole Removeable Lamb wool, sheepskin insole Breathe-O-Prene Insole Removeable EVA Insole
Sizing info True to Size Runs large True to Size Runs Small Runs large
Size we tested 8 7 8 8 8

Our Analysis and Test Results

A mild-weather boot of mid-calf height, the Kamik Heidi is both classy and practical. It also remains one of the most affordable pairs relative to all the boots we have tested throughout the years. This Best Buy winner continues to impress us with ample traction (even in the snow) and sufficient comfort for all-day wear. These boots are also 100% recyclable and made with reflective binding and patches to allow for visibility at night.

Performance Comparison


The wine-red color and glossy style of the Heidi  capable of off-road terrain.
The wine-red color and glossy style of the Heidi, capable of off-road terrain.

Weather Protection


Topping out 12 inches from the ground, these waterproof, synthetic rubber boots offer comfortable weather protection despite scoring a tad lower than the other taller options. We feel this shaft height is in a great sweet spot for easy, practical use and adequate coverage without overwhelming the leg with rubber.


With a mouth circumference of 13.75 inches, the Heidi lends a narrower fit, but it truly all depends on your calf size; and being shorter, this smaller circumference never became a concern. This model is more than sufficient for rainy day needs.

Three award-winning boots from left to right: Xtratuf Legacy 15"  Hunter Original  and the Heidi. All have good traction overall.
Three award-winning boots from left to right: Xtratuf Legacy 15", Hunter Original, and the Heidi. All have good traction overall.

Comfort


This boot is merely a rubber upper with a very thin, nylon lining and a relatively basic footbed and EVA insole. While custom insoles can make up for the lack of extended comforts, this boot provides sufficient support for us. The fit, ease of taking and putting on, and mobility factors were all tested without gripe. Weighing in at only 2.71 lbs, they are also quite lightweight for their height, which proves to be less of a burden when wearing all day. The rubber uppers are fairly flexible and short enough to allow for adequate movement of the legs as you walk.


This model runs true to size. We tested a size 8, and as expected, there is slight heel slippage. The most significant complaint found across customer reviews was regarding foot support. This is a small drawback, in our opinion, unless you plan to walk long distances or perform rough outdoor work all day long.

The Heidi in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon  CO.
The Heidi in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.

Style


The Heidi comes in many glossy colors. Check the manufacturer's website for the season's current picks.


We tested a deep red, one like the color of a nice Cabernet Sauvignon. True to what photos showed online, we are very pleased with this block of color encased in a transparent, molded rubber. The boot is bordered by both the black nylon at the boot rim and by the black outsole, which provides a simple, yet versatile look. The shorter shaft height allows for pants to more-easily fit inside, and, of course, leggings fit very easily. It is nice to be able to choose the Heidi when dressing for restaurants or evening events. Our lead tester expressed that the elegance of the red was very popular among her friends.

The stylish and high-performing Heidi is pretty comfortable  too!
The stylish and high-performing Heidi is pretty comfortable, too!

Traction


One of the highest performing boots in traction, we were certainly glad to find that fashion didn't out-prioritize functionality. We assumed the more traditionally sporty-looking boots would reign in this category. Quite the contrary, this competitor stood strong.


When testing the Heidi in icy, snowy conditions, in the river, and across wet grass, it wasn't necessarily about pinpointing the exact point of failure for us but whether or not the tread instilled confidence with every step. No model is perfect, but these remained reliable under various circumstances and impressed us to the point of us not having to walk extra careful.

With prominent tread, they performed well over flat and inclined terrain. It was the slimy rock in a river environment that finally knocked a point off for the Heidi. However, chances are, you are most likely using rain boots in urban or suburban settings, where flat surfaces abound. This model is also not intentionally made for hiking, and with thinner soles, we wouldn't recommend it. Still, it's comforting to know the tread will keep you steady in rougher terrain.

We are huge fans of the Heidi's reliable tread.
We are huge fans of the Heidi's reliable tread.

Warmth


Made for mild-weather, it came as no surprise when the Heidi yielded only average scores for warmth.


This metric measures how well the boots retain heat throughout the day. With ideal temperatures ranging between 50 and 75F, performance was just above average, dropping to that of ordinary when temperatures fell below 40, especially at or below freezing. If you're in search for a contender that will be sufficiently cozy in colder conditions, it might be better to consider a more appropriately insulated boot. Made without insulation, the Heidi is better suited for temperate zones and places with distinct rainy seasons.

The Heidi provides great traction in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon  CO.
The Heidi provides great traction in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.

Fit


This boot comes in whole sizes 6-11. As is standard with most rainwear, heel slippage is likely when half-sizes are not available. This model was no exception. Fortunately, this brand runs consistently true to size. Kamik recommends sizing up for those who wear half-sizes. Our lead tester was of a size 7.5; with the Heidi, we purchased a size 8 and were happy to find it suitable. There is also space for the wearing of much thicker socks.

Nonetheless, with thin socks, the fit and comfort were still adequate for all-day wear. The footbox itself does fit snugly around the foot, so if your feet are of high volume, we would agree that it is best to size up. Keep in mind that if you do purchase an alternate insole, you will likely want to size up as well. Otherwise, the toe box might quickly become cramped.

A fine mid-height boot ideal for all your casual ventures  cue the Heidi.
A fine mid-height boot ideal for all your casual ventures, cue the Heidi.

Value


A true bargain for those wanting a blend of style and functionality, our Best Buy award winner provides more than the basics for what makes up an excellent rain boot — all without emptying your pockets. For a far lower price than others, these boots render traction and stylish weatherproofing.

The super glossy Heidi right out of the box.
The super glossy Heidi right out of the box.

Conclusion


The Kamik Heidi is a tough competitor and overall great product for an amazing price. These boots will not disappoint when you want to keep your feet dry and in style. With dependable traction and flexible rubber, we are huge fans — even for the occasional romp into the woods.


Sara Aranda