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EDIT: LTR - Kayland Hunter USA Boots - Brett Haydin

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  • Edward
    Hi Brett, This looks just fine--seems objective to me. Upload at will and deleter the file in the test folder. Thanks! Ted
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 2, 2011
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      Hi Brett,

      This looks just fine--seems objective to me. Upload at will and deleter the file in the test folder.

      Thanks!

      Ted

      --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, Brett Haydin <bhaydin@...> wrote:
      >
      > TED,
      >
      >
      >
      > I'm happy to send in my LTR and wrap this one up. It is a great boot, just
      > too bad my foot shape didn't like it. Hopefully my review is fair, but let
      > me know if I can tweak anything. Also, no photos of the boots. Looking back
      > over my pictures, my feet were out of site. I suppose hiking alone has its
      > advantages; staged shots with mini-tripods. May have to write an OR for that
      > gadget too. Anyway html link and text version follow. Cheers!
      >
      >
      >
      > -Bretter
      >
      >
      >
      > http://tinyurl.com/427ep6d
      >
      >
      >
      > LONG-TERM REPORT
      >
      > LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
      >
      > Since my last report I have worn the Hunter USA boots on two more
      > backpacking trips and another car camping trip. This has resulted in an
      > additional two more nights of backpacking use for a total of nine nights and
      > over 118 mi (190 km).
      >
      > My first trip was a five night car camping trip in Salt Lake City, Utah. My
      > family attended a trade show in town but camped at a campground.
      > Temperatures were quite warm; 55 to 90 F (13 to 32 C) and with only one rain
      > storm (overnight), the weather stayed great. I wore the boots on three
      > occasions for an estimated 10 mi (16 km).
      >
      > Next, I took an overnight trip to the Mt Massive Wilderness in Colorado to
      > hike to the top of this 14,421 ft (4,396 m) peak. Conditions were below
      > average for the summer with overnight lows of 40 F (4 C) and highs at about
      > 65 F (18 C). It was quite windy at times, and there was also a slow drizzle
      > for most of my hike down to camp and then out to my car. The round trip took
      > me 14 mi (23 km) through subalpine forests and rocky summits.
      >
      > Finally, I made a quick overnight on Mt Huron in the San Isabel National
      > Forest. My friends and I camped just under 12,000 ft (3,660 m) with clear
      > skies and temperatures dipping to 35 F (2 C). Again, there was varied clear
      > terrain in forests and over rocks, but this time there was ice to hike on in
      > the morning. This trip was shorter at 6.75 mi (10.9 km)
      >
      > PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
      >
      > The Kayland Hunter USA boots have served me well over the past two months.
      > The peeling rand has not gotten any worse since the last report and overall
      > the boots are in great shape. Dare I say that they have many more miles left
      > in them until they fail!
      >
      > I noted in my field report that the breathability of the boots is superior
      > to any membrane I have used before and that opinion remains unchanged. There
      > just clearly is a difference in these boots that is a pleasant surprise. I
      > had given up fill leather boots in part because of the heat factor in the
      > summer, but I may need to rethink that. The other feature I really enjoyed
      > was the high uppers. While not as bomb-proof as a gaiter, the boots did a
      > great job at keeping stones and debris out of my boots. I did notice a
      > couple of stones sneak in while climbing Mt Huron, but that was rare.
      >
      > I happened to have my annual checkup during the field report. I bring this
      > up because my physician noticed my calcium deposits on my heels and asked if
      > they caused me discomfort. I explained that they did and he was not
      > surprised. This is the only spot the boots caused blisters on and my doctor
      > felt like the calcium deposits were a significant contributing factor. I'm
      > not sure when I will get this corrected but I should retract any negative
      > comments about the heels given this new information.
      >
      > One thing I did notice more of these past two months were my toes hitting
      > the front of the toe box. Coming down Mt Massive I noticed it the most. I
      > have had this problem with shoes that were too small, but that didn't seem
      > to be the case with these. The boots still fit well enough overall, but this
      > was a minor concern.
      > The Hunter USA boots are still quite stiff in the sole. There is some
      > benefit to this, however. I feel like on the downhill sections, my foot
      > really "rocks" down the trail; as if there is a perfect curve that eases my
      > foot down. This is really nice over the long, arduous trails I have hiked.
      > There continues to be excellent traction thanks to the aggressive lugs on
      > the soles as well.
      >
      > SUMMARY
      >
      > Overall most of my opinions remain unchanged with these boots. While I have
      > had some issues with fit, the quality of the waterproof, breathable membrane
      > is unmatched. These are as rugged and durable boots as I could ever hope to
      > own.
      >
      > Things I love:
      >
      >
      >
      > * eVent is absolutely awesome.
      > * The high uppers really act like low gaiters.
      > * Durable and bomb-proof (not literally).
      >
      >
      >
      > Things I don't:
      >
      >
      >
      > * I had some fit issues.
      > * Stiff soles were a bit of a turnoff considering no opportunity for
      > crampons.
      >
      >
      >
      > CONTINUED USE
      >
      > It pains me to say that I will likely retire these boots after this test.
      > Because of the fit issues, I just can't make these boots work for me. Until
      > I can treat the calcium deposits (which requires some recovery time) they
      > just won't do. However, the eVent membrane is excellent and I am sad to let
      > that go. Overall I like the boots. I felt pretty burly in them; especially
      > knowing that these are used by Special Forces.
      >
      > I would like to thank Kayland for their generosity as well as the folks at
      > BackpackGearTest.org <http://www.backpackgeartest.org> for allowing me to
      > be a part of this test series.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
    • Brett Haydin
      Thanks for your help on this series! Uploaded, deleted, done. See you out there! From: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 4, 2011
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        Thanks for your help on this series! Uploaded, deleted, done. See you out
        there!



        From: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
        [mailto:backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Edward
        Sent: Sunday, October 02, 2011 10:44 AM
        To: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [backpackgeartesters] EDIT: LTR - Kayland Hunter USA Boots - Brett
        Haydin





        Hi Brett,

        This looks just fine--seems objective to me. Upload at will and deleter the
        file in the test folder.

        Thanks!

        Ted

        --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
        <mailto:backpackgeartesters%40yahoogroups.com> , Brett Haydin <bhaydin@...>
        wrote:
        >
        > TED,
        >
        >
        >
        > I'm happy to send in my LTR and wrap this one up. It is a great boot, just
        > too bad my foot shape didn't like it. Hopefully my review is fair, but let
        > me know if I can tweak anything. Also, no photos of the boots. Looking
        back
        > over my pictures, my feet were out of site. I suppose hiking alone has its
        > advantages; staged shots with mini-tripods. May have to write an OR for
        that
        > gadget too. Anyway html link and text version follow. Cheers!
        >
        >
        >
        > -Bretter
        >
        >
        >
        > http://tinyurl.com/427ep6d
        >
        >
        >
        > LONG-TERM REPORT
        >
        > LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
        >
        > Since my last report I have worn the Hunter USA boots on two more
        > backpacking trips and another car camping trip. This has resulted in an
        > additional two more nights of backpacking use for a total of nine nights
        and
        > over 118 mi (190 km).
        >
        > My first trip was a five night car camping trip in Salt Lake City, Utah.
        My
        > family attended a trade show in town but camped at a campground.
        > Temperatures were quite warm; 55 to 90 F (13 to 32 C) and with only one
        rain
        > storm (overnight), the weather stayed great. I wore the boots on three
        > occasions for an estimated 10 mi (16 km).
        >
        > Next, I took an overnight trip to the Mt Massive Wilderness in Colorado to
        > hike to the top of this 14,421 ft (4,396 m) peak. Conditions were below
        > average for the summer with overnight lows of 40 F (4 C) and highs at
        about
        > 65 F (18 C). It was quite windy at times, and there was also a slow
        drizzle
        > for most of my hike down to camp and then out to my car. The round trip
        took
        > me 14 mi (23 km) through subalpine forests and rocky summits.
        >
        > Finally, I made a quick overnight on Mt Huron in the San Isabel National
        > Forest. My friends and I camped just under 12,000 ft (3,660 m) with clear
        > skies and temperatures dipping to 35 F (2 C). Again, there was varied
        clear
        > terrain in forests and over rocks, but this time there was ice to hike on
        in
        > the morning. This trip was shorter at 6.75 mi (10.9 km)
        >
        > PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
        >
        > The Kayland Hunter USA boots have served me well over the past two months.
        > The peeling rand has not gotten any worse since the last report and
        overall
        > the boots are in great shape. Dare I say that they have many more miles
        left
        > in them until they fail!
        >
        > I noted in my field report that the breathability of the boots is superior
        > to any membrane I have used before and that opinion remains unchanged.
        There
        > just clearly is a difference in these boots that is a pleasant surprise. I
        > had given up fill leather boots in part because of the heat factor in the
        > summer, but I may need to rethink that. The other feature I really enjoyed
        > was the high uppers. While not as bomb-proof as a gaiter, the boots did a
        > great job at keeping stones and debris out of my boots. I did notice a
        > couple of stones sneak in while climbing Mt Huron, but that was rare.
        >
        > I happened to have my annual checkup during the field report. I bring this
        > up because my physician noticed my calcium deposits on my heels and asked
        if
        > they caused me discomfort. I explained that they did and he was not
        > surprised. This is the only spot the boots caused blisters on and my
        doctor
        > felt like the calcium deposits were a significant contributing factor. I'm
        > not sure when I will get this corrected but I should retract any negative
        > comments about the heels given this new information.
        >
        > One thing I did notice more of these past two months were my toes hitting
        > the front of the toe box. Coming down Mt Massive I noticed it the most. I
        > have had this problem with shoes that were too small, but that didn't seem
        > to be the case with these. The boots still fit well enough overall, but
        this
        > was a minor concern.
        > The Hunter USA boots are still quite stiff in the sole. There is some
        > benefit to this, however. I feel like on the downhill sections, my foot
        > really "rocks" down the trail; as if there is a perfect curve that eases
        my
        > foot down. This is really nice over the long, arduous trails I have hiked.
        > There continues to be excellent traction thanks to the aggressive lugs on
        > the soles as well.
        >
        > SUMMARY
        >
        > Overall most of my opinions remain unchanged with these boots. While I
        have
        > had some issues with fit, the quality of the waterproof, breathable
        membrane
        > is unmatched. These are as rugged and durable boots as I could ever hope
        to
        > own.
        >
        > Things I love:
        >
        >
        >
        > * eVent is absolutely awesome.
        > * The high uppers really act like low gaiters.
        > * Durable and bomb-proof (not literally).
        >
        >
        >
        > Things I don't:
        >
        >
        >
        > * I had some fit issues.
        > * Stiff soles were a bit of a turnoff considering no opportunity for
        > crampons.
        >
        >
        >
        > CONTINUED USE
        >
        > It pains me to say that I will likely retire these boots after this test.
        > Because of the fit issues, I just can't make these boots work for me.
        Until
        > I can treat the calcium deposits (which requires some recovery time) they
        > just won't do. However, the eVent membrane is excellent and I am sad to
        let
        > that go. Overall I like the boots. I felt pretty burly in them; especially
        > knowing that these are used by Special Forces.
        >
        > I would like to thank Kayland for their generosity as well as the folks at
        > BackpackGearTest.org <http://www.backpackgeartest.org> for allowing me to
        > be a part of this test series.
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        >





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