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Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot

The full-height Viper at 19.6 ounces per boot (men's 9) sets a new standard for a lightweight insulated boots.

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by Will Rietveld | 2007-01-30 00:39:00-07

Overview

Kamik's new lightweight Viper waterproof insulated boot will hit the stores in late summer 2007. The 8.5-inch high Viper at 19.6 ounces per boot (BPL measured, men's 9) sets a new standard for a lightweight insulated boot, and gets the weight down to a reasonable level so a snow boot can be considered "lightweight".

The Viper has a waterproof ballistic nylon upper that is well protected with a wrap-around toe bumper. In the US it will have a waterproof bootie (not Gore-Tex) inside to keep water out; in Europe it will have Kamik's OutDry technology. It's insulated with 200 gram Thinsulate.

The Viper should be a good multi-purpose boot and should be especially suited for snowshoeing or snow walking for those who prefer a waterproof insulated boot. It will be available in several colors as well as kids' sizes.

Specifications and Features

  • Manufacturer: Kamik (Kamik.com)
  • Insulation: 200 g Thinsulate
  • Features: Moisture wicking lining, speed lacing system with heel lace hook, padded collar and gusset tongue, rubber toe guard, EVA midsole, rubber outsole
  • Weight: 19.6 oz/boot measured (men's 9)
  • MSRP: $100

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"Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/02777.html, 2007-01-30 00:39:00-07.

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Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot
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Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot on 01/30/2007 00:39:02 MST Print View

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Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot

eric levine
(ericl) - F

Locale: Northern Colorado
new light boot on 01/30/2007 17:09:14 MST Print View

This could finally be what I've been looking for. No one should have to snowshoe in Sorels, and the various moonboot and sneaker/neos overboot combos I've used are less than perfect.

The price is pretty good too. Depending on insulation, I'd buy a little large and use the new Toasty Feet aerogel inserts.

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot on 01/30/2007 20:05:18 MST Print View

Nice find, Will! This one rivals the weight of my running shoe/neoprene overbootie combo. What is the fit like? Is it closer to a running shoe or a pac boot? Any estimates of how cold you could go with these while on the move?

Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Re: Re: Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot on 02/03/2007 07:27:55 MST Print View

Hey Dondo, I didn't get to try them on. We saw only a Show sample in size 9, but I will get to test them when sizes are available.

I have used trail runners plus a neoprene overboot too, and get quite a bit of moisture buildup inside the overboot. I think the Viper will be much like a GTX shoe, ie you will buildup some moisture in your socks, which will mean cold feet when you stop. That depends on your activity level.

These boots are rated to minus 25, but all insulated boots seem to be way overrated. I go up half a size in the Kamik boots and get plenty of room for thick socks. The width is also good in the Kamik's.

Best, Will

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot on 02/03/2007 09:31:32 MST Print View

Thanks for that, Will. I'll be watching out for the Viper. Have you found any lightweight footwear (say 2.5 lbs. or less) that doesn't lead to moisture buildup?