No cold feet about these

Gear box

October 07, 2007|By CANDUS THOMSON

In the market for a long-lasting, multipurpose outdoor shoe that's waterproof?

Kayland's Arya Low eVent ($105; $90, nonwaterproof) fills the bill and is waterproof to boot.

The upper is suede and fabric, a soft combination that fits like a glove but so far has endured my best efforts to rip it to shreds. The "eVent" waterproof membrane works well and dries fast, and the Vibram sole provides good traction and stability on trails.

If you need something beefier for carrying heavier loads or for longer hikes, Arya's tougher relative, the Vertigo High ($200), won the Backpacker magazine Editors' Choice Award 2007 out of 110 boots tested.

To find a dealer, e-mail info@kaylandusa.com.

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