The Kamik Force is a waterproof/breathable (WP/B) insulated leather boot that weighs 22.6 ounces/boot (men’s 9). It uses the OutDry WP/B technology, which “casts” the membrane to the inside of the assembled upper before the lining is put in and outsole attached, so there is no “bootie” per se (visit www.outdry.com to view a video on the process). We got a chance to test this technology and the Kamik Force boots in our Lightweight Footwear for Snow Travel project (to be published soon). How well did they perform?
By Will Rietveld
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.