Kayland Introduces Backpacking and Light Hiking Shoes

Kayland introduces its 2010 footwear line with an evolution of the bestselling Contact backpacking boot; and a collection of multiactivity shoes, including a backpacking shoe, a hiking shoe, new trail runners, and a streetworthy approach shoe.

Kayland today unveils its 2010 footwear line, including an evolution of the bestselling Contact backpacking boot; and a collection of multiactivity shoes including a backpacking shoe, a hiking shoe, new trail runners, and a stylish and versatile approach shoe.

“Our Contact backpacking boot has been a Kayland global bestseller for seven years, so we are confident that the lighter, more breathable Contact Rev will be well received,” explained Brent Merriam vice president of Novation North America, Inc., the US subsidiary of Kayland’s parent company, Novation S.p.A. “For 2010, we also focused on enhancing our multiactivity line. This expansion, combined with the development of the Contact Rev should help us to reach a broader consumer base.” (Street-worthy approach shoe Comet shown)

The Crest, a shoe ideal for light backpacking, is designed to offer stability on difficult and slippery terrain. An upper in water repellent suede leather, a breathable and light mesh lining, hand applied rubber toe bumper, and a gusseted tongue protect comfortably against the elements.

A perfect fit is ensured with Kayland’s signature Contact asymmetrical lacing with free-floating lace points that extend all the way to the toe.For superior grip and durability the shoe is built on a Vibram® Winkler Sole and a milled microporous EVA midsole offers added cushioning and support.Available in Beige/Silver, the M.S.R.P. is $129.95.

The Legend Rev, a low cut light hiking shoe, features a breathable, waterproof eVent® Cocona® membrane for performance in any weather condition.A proprietary EVA midsole and Vibram® Mars outsole offer a high level of comfort and traction.Available in Grey, with an M.S. R. P. of $129.95.

Kayland’s new trailrunners, the Crosser and Crosser Mesh are extremely breathable and lightweight, ideal for picking up speed off road. Both feature the Kayland Surefly outsole, with proprietary EVA midsole featuring an injected shank and big-toe protection.The Crosser combines microfiber-reinforced rip-stop textile upper with a waterproof, breathable eVent® Cocona® liner that dries quickly and lets the sweat out.The Crosser Mesh features a 3-D air mesh upper reinforced with microfiber; and symmetrical lacing with hooded eyelets for a durable and customized fit. The Crosser is available in grey for men and blue for women, with an M.S.R.P. of $119.95.The Crosser Mesh is available in Taupe/Orange for men and Taupe/Castle Wall for women with an M.S.R.P. of $99.95.

The Comet is a technical approach shoe that could double as a travel shoe thanks to its smart design. The hand applied rubber rand, interesting cutouts on the waterproof suede upper, and great colorways make this shoe at home in the city or mountains. Asymmetrical lacing extends to the toe for a performance fit.The Kayland Hexagon sole and EVA midsole provide stable footing.Available in Lime for women and Brown/Silver for men with an M.S.R.P. of $99.95.

The Contact Rev and Contact Rev W’s are the evolution of Kayland’s perennial global bestseller Contact.The restyled upper combines water repellent suede, microfiber, and a breathable abrasion resistant textile for reduced weight and enhanced breathability.A hand applied rubber toe rand and a PU-infused leatherexternal heel counter ensure durability. Optimal shock absorption and improved stability are achieved with an Integrated Absorbing Drive System (I.A.D.S.) PU midsole.For a precise fit the anatomically asymmetrical Contact Lacing System with free-floating lace points allows for perfect customization.Available in Anthracite/Red for men and Petrol/Pearl White for women with an M.S.R.P. of $249.95.

Kayland is an Italian manufacturer of high performance mountaineering, backpacking, hiking, and multi-sport footwear, with a reputation for outstanding fit and innovative materials and technology. With North American headquarters in New Hampshire and a distribution center in the Chicago area, Kayland USA is focused on providing quality products and outstanding service to its US customers. Kayland’s Zephyr hiking boot was honored as a recipient of a 2009 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award. The women’s Convert hiking boot was bestowed the Women’s Adventure Editor’s Choice Award and, most recently, the Vertigo Light was named Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year in the hiking boot category.Visit Kayland at www.kayland.com