Kamik Sienna 2 Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Warm, breathable, comfortable all-day wear, cute and protective, great price.
Cons: Leaky at upper seam, heel is uncomfortable to some, half size too small.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Kamik Sienna 2 presents the best performance for the price. It sports technical performance that'll keep you warm and upright on snowy surfaces, with a cute style to match and a decent price tag. Check it out!
This boot is loaded with 200-g of 3M Thinsulate and offers insulative warmth that'll keep most women during the winter months. It is rated to -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celcius), which we would agree with after our in-field and objective home tests. Overall, this boot is warm, but not built for the coldest places on the planet.
The boot itself is built with a waterproof rubber outsole and a breathable upper that extends up the calf. The calf is kept warm with the Thinsulate insulation throughout the length of the shaft while the foot of the boot offers enough room for toes to wiggle, generating and holding heat well. While the outsole isn't the most breathable, the upper is, allowing moisture to vent off if you find yourself walking around town.
While this boot is warm, it's not intended for the double negatives. The sole is much thinner than other boots that are rated to much colder temperatures. While hiking and traveling in these conditions, we noticed that much of the heat escapes from the sole of the boot, even though the legs and calves felt nicely insulated. If you live in areas where the temperatures typically stay in the single negative digits, it'll suffice. However, for super stingy cold weather, you may be needing a thicker pair of socks to make up for the heat loss at the sole.
In snow, sleet, and slush, the rubberized outsole does well. We found that when sloshing through these sloppy surfaces, our feet were nicely protected from all the nasty stuff. In protects in snowbanks up to 11 inches tall when worn with a pair of leggings, but doesn't have a faux fur collar keep snow out. The lack of the collar makes this boot more susceptible to snow getting into the top, either when hiking through the deep stuff, or when battling out a snowstorm. It's also not completely waterproof.
All the materials of this boot are protective from the elements themselves. The rubberized foot is lightweight but offers full water, slush, and snow protection. The upper is made from waterproof leather and polyester flannel material, that when exposed to wet snow, beads up it up and wicks it away. We originally thought this upper would be absorbent, but it proves to offer great wicking power. While Kamik advertises sealed seams, they failed during our water tests.
When we started out the test, we inched our way out into a river to gauge if the boot was actually waterproof. While we inched deeper and deeper, we were relieved that the boot indeed keeps our feet quite dry. That is until we started our "march". Marching in the water replicates walking, which squishes water around at the seams. Once we did this for about 30 seconds, water started pouring in through the seams (on both boots) right where the leather meets the upper. This seam should be sealed but didn't prove to be completely waterproof. That said, all the other seams, completely immersed in water, and the ones you'll expose your boots to while walking around town or stomping around in puddles, did just fine.
From these results, we can say these boots will keep your feet dry in puddles up to 5.5 inches in depth. It'll also protect well in most snowy conditions, but know that the lack of faux fur doesn't prevent from snow spilling into the top of the boot. Overall, weather protection is about average when considering the best of the best and the worst of the worst. It sits right in the middle, offering decent weather protection for most women throughout the winter.
Comfort & Fit
This mid-height boot is quite lightweight and comfortable for all-day wear. The sizing is a little finicky and runs about a ½ size too small. The heel is also a bother for some, with some ladies saying that they don't like how it pushes their foot forward, however, the majority of our testers didn't qualify this as an issue. Your heel will be elevated in this boot, but the feel is squishy and stable, which most of us didn't mind.
We commonly wore this shoe when heading to work, shoveling snow, and on hiking trails. It's quite versatile in its uses as a result of its overall comfort. Since it has a lighter construction, it doesn't feel bulky. The upper of the boot is not as fitted as other options, which some of our testers like. In addition, the flannel material up top is soft and cozy to the touch, articulating well with stockings and socks.
The fit of the boot is okay, but not universally loved by all. The outsole is quite thin at the forefoot, which allows you to feel the ground underfoot, offering better sensitivity than a lot of the boots tested. The upper isn't super fitted, so it's not ultra stabilizing in its fit and the feel is something that doesn't feel 100% natural. As mentioned before, the heel is quite "smooshy" and it does push the foot forward. Most of our testers weren't sensitive to this, but noticed it, while other ladies that prefer a more neutral fit didn't love this boot.
It also has a removable footbed, making it versatile to switch out the one that comes with, for your favorite orthotic insert (if that's a concern). The fit is a little small, especially if you like thicker socks. We'd recommend sizing up a ½ size to accommodate bulkier socks or if you prefer a little extra space in the toe box.
Ease of Use
These boots are relatively easy to use but do require you to tie and untie them with both hands.
These are not for the ladies who want a boot they can always slip in and out of. However, if you tie them loose enough, you can sometimes get away with that. There are looser eyelets that sometimes unlace on their own. Aside from that, we appreciate the pull tab on the back of the boot that makes putting them on easy. You can also kick them off pretty easily after simply untying them.
Tackle snowy trails, slush, and other winter muck in these boots. While they don't sport the most technical outsole out there for the steepest trails, they do well on most winter surfaces. Like most winter boots, they do struggle on super icy surfaces and should be paired with microspikes for super slippery weather.
The rubber composite on these boots are quite soft and easily mold to surfaces. The outsole tread pattern isn't very deep or aggressive, making it suitable for snowy surfaces and hardpacked surfaces. However, when testing on steeper snow-laden trails, we found ourselves slipping out, especially when that trail was latticed with crystallized water. As a result, it's traction isn't the most top-notch, but it suffices for most surfaces you'd encounter around your town or home in winter.
A very high-value product. We love its cute mountain chic style that offers decent weather protection and warmth for some of the coldest days of winter. Its breathable design (with a good pair of socks) will keep your feet dry and warm when walking around throughout the day. Most boots with this level of performance are quite a bit more expensive, though Kamik has managed to build a boot for a decent price with great performance. There are less expensive contenders in this review, but they aren't as warm, protective, comfortable, or as stylish as this boot. This is why it wins our Best Buy award.
The Kamik Sienna 2 is a well-loved winter boot that presents a great value. It offers a stylish look in addition to good technical performance. While this isn't our first choice for a winter hike in the woods, it certainly performs well enough for winter chores like shoveling the driveway, drinking warm hot chocolate, chopping wood, or building a snowperson. Plus, it comes at a reasonable price. There are cheaper options in this review, but they aren't as warm or high performing.
— Amber King