The Kento High is another slab of modern technology in footwear form, and an excellent all-round mountaineering boot. They have kept my feet dry as a bone across early winter season bog, snow and rock here in Scotland; with a modest rand, a gaitered tongue and GTX lining. The Michelin rubber on the sole was a nice surprise: grippy, but not too soft and spongey, providing a solid platform for a semi-automatic crampon, good edging and a very precise toe – there’s even a small ‘climbing zone’ at the front. They sit at the top end of B1 stiffness (I have B2 boots which are of a similar stiffness) but are still reasonably comfortable to wear all day, with very little heel rise and a memory foam in-sole. The fit is wider but shorter, which contributes to that feeling of control but means toes can feel a little bunched on descents. Light weight at 620g per shoe.
► Verdict: Well made, versatile and great value.
► Best for: Mountaineering on or above the snowline, easier mixed winter climbing.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern