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Kayland Takes Holistic Approach To Footwear Function and Fit

Kayland's new Performance Ergonomic Fit System was developed to ensure that all the key components of each shoe or boot complement each other and work in concert to achieve the most comfortable performance fit possible.
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Italian footwear manufacturer Kayland® is taking the performance outdoor footwear industry by storm with the introduction of unique and cutting edge technologies. The company's new Performance Ergonomic Fit System was developed to ensure that all the key components of each shoe or boot complement each other and work in concert to achieve the most comfortable performance fit possible. The components, including insoles, lasts, heel holds and lacing systems, are made of the highest quality materials with the most technically advanced systems on the market. Highlights from the 2007 collection include footwear for mountaineering, backpacking, light hiking, approach, and multisport use. There are also “city outdoor” shoes in the mix.

“A big part of Kayland's reputation has always related to its use of innovative materials and technologies. Beginning with the 2007 collection, I expect this reputation to be further enhanced as a result of the collaboration with, and support of Kayland's parent company, Novation S.p.A., an OEM to the sporting goods industry for over 30 years,” explained Brent Merriam, Vice President, Novation North America. “For example, Kayland's new Engineered Composite Technology insoles and molded heel counters are a direct result of Novation's OEM experiences and its ongoing pursuit of new technologies that can be applied to outdoor products to achieve better performance.”

Performance Ergonomic Fit System
Like any successful system Kayland's Performance Ergonomic Fit System takes a holistic approach to building a boot or shoe. By ensuring that all of the products' components complement each other, Kayland is providing the most comfortable, highest performing shoe on the market. The system combines:

Engineered Composite Technology (ECT) Insoles: ECT insoles have been designed to provide ergonomically appropriate flex and stability throughout the insole. The forefoot provides spring for better push-off, while the heel and arch areas offer improved support and torsional stability. Four specific engineered composites for specific mountain use include Ice, Rock, Trek and Trail.

Heel Hold Systems: Kayland combines time-tested lasts; careful placement and design of padding that conforms to the natural curves of the heel and ankle; and its Ankle Lock System to achieve an extremely secure heel hold.

Molded Heel Counter: Available on select Apex and Prestige models, the new molded heel counter provides enhanced support, control and comfort.

Lacing Systems: Kayland uses a range of lacing systems, carefully developed to promote comfort and performance. The new Lace Lock System, allows the wearer to cinch laces to the desired tightness over the forefoot, automatically locking the lace in place, and allowing the wearer to tighten the laces around the ankle and shin, without losing the tightness over the forefoot. The asymmetric Contact Lacing System mimics the natural shape of the foot with free-floating lace points along the length of the lacing zone that allow the upper to contour more precisely to each individual's foot.

Ergonomic Lasts: By soliciting and using feedback from athletes and mountaineers for over 40 years, Kayland has developed a range of lasts to ensure optimal combination of fit and performance for specific uses.

Materials: Kayland partners with the world's leading materials providers, including Dyneema®, Dryver®, Event®, Primaloft®, Schoeller®, and Vibram®.

The End Results: Highlights of 07 Winter Product
Mountaineering
M11: At home on the ice, the lightweight, versatile M11 performs in mixed terrain and high altitude. Main attractions include low profile shape, precise, comfortable fit and excellent insulation. Key features are a Dryver, Primaloft, eVent lining; Vibram sole
New Lace Lock System; Schoeller gator; automatic crampons; and an Engineered Composite Technology (E.C.T.) insole. Available in black and silver in men's size 7-13 including half sizes, M11's suggested retail price is $379.95.

Super Ice: The perfect choice for experienced mountaineers for demanding glaciers or icefalls. Through a unique selection of lightweight, durable materials, the Super Ice combines the waterproofing and insulation of a plastic boot with the benefits and comfort of a traditional leather boot. Key features include: a Dryver, Primaloft, eVent lining; Vibram sole; E.C.T. insole; PU Coated Kevlar/Carbon, Suede upper; and a new Lace Lock System. Available in red in men's sizes 7-13 with half sizes and women's sizes 6.5 to 10 with half sizes, Super Ice's suggested retail price is $399.95.

Apex Rock: Apex Rock is ideal for multi-day trail adventure, covering mixed to high mountain terrain. Super lightweight, semi-automatic crampon compatible boots provide a precise, technical fit. The new Ankle Lock System holds the heel in place while the carbon reinforced counter provides added stability and support. Key features include: an eVent lining; Vibram sole; E.C.T. insole; Microfiber, Suede, and Breathable Abrasion Resistant Textile upper; and a new Lace Lock System. Available in orange in men's sizes 7-13 with half sizes and women's sizes 6.5-10 in half sizes, Apex Rock's suggested retail is $165.

The MXT and MXT W represent a new generation of technical mountaineering boots. The low profile design, lightweight durable construction and superior gender specific lasting make these ideal for mountain guides who cover a wide variety of technical terrain. Key features include: an eVent lining; Vibram sole; shock absorber microporous midsole; E.C.T. insole; and suede upper. Available in black/silver for men and avio/apple green for women in 7-13 with half sizes for men and 6.5-10 in half sizes for women, the MXT's suggested retail is $229.95.

Light Hiking
The Apex Trail is an extremely comfortable mid-priced hiking boot ideal for day hikes. Key features include: an Event waterproof lining; Vibram sole; shock absorber microporous insole; Contact lacing System; and an E.C.T. insole. Available in brown for men and sand for women in 7-13 with half sizes for men and 6.5-10 with half sizes for women, the Apex Trail's suggested retail is $159.95

The Arya Low Event is an all-purpose low-cut, waterproof light hiker, ideal for approach, day hiking or simply traveling. Key features include: an eVent lining; Vibram sole; and a suede and abrasion resistant textile upper. Available in dark grey/grey for men and grey for women in sizes 7-13 with half sizes for men and 6.5-10 for women, the Arya Low Event retails for $104.95.

Extreme Line
8001 and 6001
The 8001 is designed for expedition use and extreme mountaineering above 8000 meters. It features a removable Kevlar, Primaloft, and packed leather inner boot combining an aluminum coated outer shell with a Primaloft liner for maximum thermal insulation. The 6001 is a technical mountaineering boot designed for cold-weather, high-altitude use in ice, rock or mixed terrain. It offers an ergonomic heel hold system and a new lace lock system that allows regulation of fit in multiple zones. Key features of both include: an integrated gator that sheds water and is equipped with an anti-slip strap for easy, secure adjustment; Dryver, Primaloft lining; Vibram sole;
and an E.C.T. insole. Available in black in men's sizes 7-13 with half sizes the 8001's suggested retail is $719.95 and the 6001's suggested retail is $439.95.

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 and a distribution center in the Chicago area, Kayland USA is focused on providing quality products and outstanding service to its US customers.



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