They Say - The Kimtah Mid eVent Mesh never met a foot it didn’t like. With full support and a roomy toe box, you don’t need to worry about breaking in this waterproof and shock-absorbent hiker.
We Say – I’ve been wearing the Kimtah boot whilst hiking in Greece, firstly in the rocky mountains to the west of Athens in a region called Petropoli (the name means rocky; the area is historically well known for it’s challenging terrain), and secondly on the slopes of the 1743 metre high volcano-like Mt Difrys in Evvia. Here’s a photo of the boots with Dirfys in the background, the day after I’d hiked it (I was on my way up a far rockier peak to the south of it as I took the photo).
First I’ll say that there are only a few things I’m looking for from a hiking boot, and they are that it’s
1/ Lightweight and waterproof.
2/ Got good ankle support.
3/ Got decent stability and grip in the sole.
4/ Got a strong toe box in case of kicking rocks.
5/ A decent colour.
It was easy to tell as I got the boots out the box that they met criteria 1 and 5. They seem substantial (and therefore heavy) when I looked at them yet when I picked them up I understood that they’re really very lightweight. And they look good, for sure. No loud colours or otherwise quirky design (although I would like to see the leather replaced with vegan materials; using animals isn’t cool and there are readily available alternative materials). To check the other criteria though, I had to take to the hills.
The paths around Petropoli are all very rough indeed and there’s rarely a moment during a day hike when underfoot conditions are in any way level. So this put the stability and grip of the soles, and the ankle support, to the test. The boot scored high on all counts. I never wavered in my step once; the stability and grip of the soles is very impressive…
…and my ankles never felt in danger of turning, even in steep, slippery descents. And later, when I was tired from the day’s hike and had begun kicking rocks because I misjudged the distances (as you do when you’re tired) the toe box protected me well.
The slopes of Mt Dirfys were even more of a test. The hiking day was 9 hours long in total, with the final ascent on razor sharp rocks, and scree, was for a full 2 hours. Then the 3-peak summit was a half hour trek across (the route skirted the volcano cone) and it was another hour down the other side of the cone, again over sharp rocks and scree before I returned to my base through the forest. No problem at all for the boots and my feet felt good when I got back at my room after that 20km hike; good enough that the next day I was able to take on a 32km hike/run.
And about that running. Sometimes I like to break into a run if I’m on a flat piece of ground, a dirt track or a forest path, just to eat up the kms a bit. So on the 32km hike I did about 10kms of running. I had hiking socks on and the boots felt fine throughout, not too heavy or bulky to run in. I didn’t get any blisters, or anything like that, either.
So I’d say that if like me you like to cover ground over the mountains in a variety of ways then you’ll get on with these waterproof and lightweight boots. They’re sturdy enough to protect you over very rough ground, yet light and flexible enough to run in if you want to. They also look good, so no problems when you come down from the mountains and want to do a little sightseeing without seeming ill dressed for the occasion. I recommend you check them out.
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