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Kamik Sienna 2 Review

Another high value boot with great all-around performance
Kamik Sienna 2
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Price:  $120 List | $95.96 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Warm, breathable, comfortable all-day wear, cute and protective, great price
Cons:  Leaky at upper seam, heel is uncomfortable to some, half size too small
Manufacturer:   Kamik
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 12, 2020
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  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • Weather Protection - 25% 8
  • Comfort & Fit - 25% 8
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Traction - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Kamik Sienna 2 is a high-value all-winter boot designed to keep you warm, protected, and happy all winter long. While it doesn't have the same technical performance as the winter hiking boots out there, it does what it needs to for most women. It'll keep your feet warm and dry in temperatures down to the single negative digits. Its lightweight construction is designed to wear all day without feeling bulky or uncomfortable, while its overall look has elicited many 'oo's' and 'ahh's' from friends. This high-value winter boot is built to take you from simple winter trails to town, and even into work. It's cute enough to wear out for dinner with friends, but not technical enough to take on super steep and slippery terrain.

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Pros Warm, breathable, comfortable all-day wear, cute and protective, great priceProtective and durable, very warm, breathable, excellent traction, great for hiking, high valueSuper cozy liner, completely waterproof, cute style options, comfortable, warmQuality leather construction, warm, waterproof up to the cuff, beefy traction, stylish for town or city wear, great trail performanceVery protective, warm, durable, excellent traction on icy surfaces
Cons Leaky at upper seam, heel is uncomfortable to some, half size too smallNot the most stylishExpensive, shaft lacks stabilitySmaller volume through the toe box requires a half size upExpensive, bulky and heavy, reported issues with leaking after long-term use
Bottom Line A good price for good performanceA versatile winter hiking boot that boasts excellent traction and warmthWrap yourself in comfort and versatile functionality all winter longA winter hiking boot that boasts a city slicker style but also works for any adventure on the trailsProtective warmth built into a tall neoprene winter boot
Rating Categories Kamik Sienna 2 Keen Revel IV Polar - Women's UGG Adirondack III Mountain 600 Insulated Arctic Ice Tall
Warmth (25%)
5
9
9
8
9
Weather Protection (25%)
8
8
9
8
9
Comfort & Fit (25%)
8
9
9
9
4
Ease Of Use (15%)
8
7
6
7
10
Traction (10%)
5
9
8
9
9
Specs Kamik Sienna 2 Keen Revel IV... UGG Adirondack III Mountain 600... Arctic Ice Tall
Maximum Puddle Depth Before Major Leaking 5.5 inches 7.5 inches 9 inches 6 inches 15 inches
Measured Weight (one boot, size 9) 1 lb. 6 oz 1 lb. 6.7 oz 1 lb. 5 oz 1 lb. 3.8 oz 2 lb. 5 oz
Type of Boot All around winter All around winter All-around winter Casual winter wear Outdoor work and chores
Fit Details Runs 1/2 size too small True to size, wide True to size True to size True to size
Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft, size 9) 11 inches 7.5 inches 10 inches 6 inches 17 inches
Lining/Insulation 200 grams 3M Thinsulate 200 grams KEEN.WARM Recycled PET UGGpure wool 200 grams PrimaLoft Fleece lined & 5mm of neoprene
Removable Liner? No No No No No
Footbed Molded EVA EVA EVA OrthoLite Removable contured PU
Upper Material waterproof leather, water resistant flannel Mesh and Leather Waterproof suede and leather Leather Neoprene 8mm & rubber
Toe Box Rubber Leather Rubber Leather Rubber
Outsole Rubber KEEN.Polar Traction Molded Spider Rubber Vibram Nisqaully Arctic Grip Vibram Arctic Grip
Company-claimed cold-weather rating -4F -25F -32C Not stated Not stated
Animal products used? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Sizes Available 6 - 10 5 - 12 5 - 12 5 - 11 5 - 11

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Kamik Sienna 2 presents excellent performance for its affordable price. It's technical enough to keep you warm and upright on snowy surfaces, with a cute style to match and a decent price tag.

Performance Comparison


Take on snowy conditions with the Kamik Sienna 2. It is cute...
Take on snowy conditions with the Kamik Sienna 2. It is cute, comfortable, and protective for cold days throughout the winter.
Photo: Amber King

Warmth


This boot is loaded with 200g of 3M Thinsulate and offers insulative warmth that'll keep most wearers warm during the winter months. It is rated to -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celcius), which we would agree with after our in-field and objective tests. Overall, this boot is warm but certainly not built for the coldest places on the planet.

The thinner outsole is what makes the Sienna less warm than the...
The thinner outsole is what makes the Sienna less warm than the warmest boots in this review. That said, it is loaded with 200g of Thinsulate which still retains warmth when wet.
Photo: Amber King

The boot itself is built with a waterproof rubber outsole and a breathable upper that extends up the calf. The calf is kept warm with the Thinsulate insulation throughout the length of the shaft while the foot of the boot offers enough room for toes to wiggle, generating and holding heat well. While the outsole isn't the most breathable, the upper is, allowing moisture to vent off if you find yourself walking around town.

A look at the cozy insulation that lines the calf throughout the...
A look at the cozy insulation that lines the calf throughout the shaft of the boot.
Photo: Amber King

While this boot is warm, it's not intended for the double negatives. The sole is much thinner than other boots that are rated to much colder temperatures. When hiking and traveling in these conditions, we noticed that much of the heat escapes from the sole of the boot, even though the legs and calves stay nicely insulated. If you live in areas where the temperatures typically stay in the single negative digits, it'll suffice. However, for super stingy cold weather, you may be needing a thicker pair of socks to make up for the heat loss at the sole.

Weather Protection


In snow, sleet, and slush, the rubberized outsole does well. We found that our feet were nicely protected from all the nasty stuff when sloshing through these sloppy surfaces. It protects in snowbanks up to 11 inches tall but doesn't have a faux fur collar keep snow out, making it more susceptible to snow getting into the top when battling a snowstorm. It's also not completely waterproof.

Even after snowstorms and big winter dumps, this boot kept our feet...
Even after snowstorms and big winter dumps, this boot kept our feet warm and protected. The tall height protects, but without a beefy collar, snow can get inside the boot.
Photo: Amber King

All the materials of this boot are protective from the elements themselves. The rubberized foot is lightweight but offers full water, slush, and snow protection. The upper is made from a waterproof leather and polyester flannel material that wicks away moisture when exposed to wet snow. We originally thought this upper would be absorbent, but it proved to offer great wicking power. However, while Kamik advertises sealed seams, they failed during our water tests.

When we started out the test, we inched our way out into a river to gauge if the boot was actually waterproof. While we inched deeper and deeper, we were relieved that the boot indeed kept our feet quite dry. That is, until we started our "march." Marching in the water replicates walking, which squishes water around at the seams. Once we did this for about 30 seconds, water started pouring in through the seams (on both boots) right where the leather meets the upper. This seam should be sealed but didn't prove to be completely waterproof. That said, all the other seams, and the ones you'll expose your boots to while walking around town or stomping around in puddles, did just fine.

This boot offers the protection you'd need from puddles, slush, and...
This boot offers the protection you'd need from puddles, slush, and water. Unfortunately, it's not completely seam-sealed where the flannel meets the leather, but the rest is watertight.
Photo: Amber King

From these results, we can say these boots will keep your feet dry in puddles up to 5.5 inches in depth. It'll also protect well in most snowy conditions, but know that the lack of faux fur doesn't prevent snow from spilling from into the top. Overall, weather protection is about average.

A look at where the water leaked during our water tests.
A look at where the water leaked during our water tests.
Photo: Amber King

Comfort & Fit


This mid-height boot is quite lightweight and comfortable for all-day wear. The sizing is a little finicky and runs about a ½ size too small. The heel is also a bother for some, with some testers saying that they don't like how it pushes their foot forward. However, the majority of our testers didn't qualify this as an issue. Your heel will be elevated in this boot, but the feel is squishy and stable, and most of us didn't mind.

This boot is relatively lightweight, weighing just over a pound. It...
This boot is relatively lightweight, weighing just over a pound. It proves to be comfortable for all-day wear.
Photo: Amber King

We commonly wore this shoe when heading to work, shoveling snow, and while hiking trails. It's quite versatile in its uses as a result of its overall comfort. Since it has a lighter construction, it doesn't feel bulky. The boot's upper is not as fitted as other options, which some of our testers enjoyed. In addition, the flannel material up top is soft and cozy to the touch, articulating well with stockings and socks.

It's about 11 inches at its highest height. This comes about...
It's about 11 inches at its highest height. This comes about mid-calf for our 5'6" main tester.
Photo: Amber King

The fit of this boot is okay but not universally loved by all. The outsole is quite thin at the forefoot, which allows you to feel the ground underfoot, offering better sensitivity than a lot of the boots tested. The upper isn't super fitted, so it's not ultra stabilizing or natural-feeling in its fit. As mentioned before, the heel is quite "smooshy," and it does push the foot forward. Most of our testers weren't sensitive to this but noticed it, while others that prefer a more neutral fit didn't love the feel.

A look at the stylish Sienna. This is on our tester who is 5'6 in...
A look at the stylish Sienna. This is on our tester who is 5'6 in height. The foot box is relatively wide, but we recommend sizing up a half size.
Photo: Amber King

The Sienna 2 has a removable footbed, making it versatile to switch out the one that comes with it for something else. The fit is a little small, especially if you like thicker socks. We'd recommend sizing up a ½ size to accommodate bulkier socks or if you prefer a little extra space in the toe box.

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Ease of Use


These boots are relatively easy to use but do require you to tie and untie them with both hands every time.

When unlaced, it's easy to pull this boot on with just one hand.
When unlaced, it's easy to pull this boot on with just one hand.
Photo: Amber King

These are not for those who prefer a slip-on boot, but if you tie them loose enough, you can sometimes get away with that. There are, however, looser eyelets that sometimes unlace on their own. Aside from that, we appreciate the pull tab on the back of the boot that makes putting them on easy. You can also kick them off pretty easily after simply untying them.

The only annoying thing is the laces unlace themselves from the...
The only annoying thing is the laces unlace themselves from the eyelets, forcing us to reinsert them almost every time we put these boots on.
Photo: Amber King

Traction


Tackle snowy trails, slush, and other winter muck in these boots. While they don't sport the most technical outsole for steep trails, they do well on most winter surfaces. Like most winter boots, they do struggle on super icy surfaces and should be paired with microspikes for slippery conditions.

The outsole is fit for travel over snow but is limited to easy...
The outsole is fit for travel over snow but is limited to easy trails and pavement around town. It's not very aggressive and slips out on icy, hardpacked surfaces.
Photo: Amber King

The rubber composite on these boots is quite soft and easily molds to surfaces. The outsole tread pattern isn't very deep or aggressive, making it suitable for both snowy and hardpacked surfaces. However, when testing on steeper snow-laden trails, we found ourselves slipping out, especially when that trail was latticed with crystallized water. As a result, the traction on the Sienna 2 isn't top-notch, but it suffices for most surfaces you'd encounter around your town or home in winter.

A look at the depth (or lack of) on this simple snow outsole.
A look at the depth (or lack of) on this simple snow outsole.
Photo: Amber King

Value


The Sienna 2 is a very high-value product. We love the cute mountain chic style that offers decent weather protection and warmth for some of the coldest days of winter. Its breathable design (with a good pair of socks) will keep your feet dry and warm when walking around throughout the day. Most boots with this level of performance are quite a bit more expensive, and cheaper ones aren't as warm, protective, comfortable, or stylish.

Conclusion


The Kamik Sienna 2 is a well-loved winter boot that presents a great value. It offers a stylish look in addition to good technical performance. While this isn't our first choice for a winter hike in the woods, it certainly performs well enough for winter chores like shoveling the driveway, drinking warm hot chocolate, chopping wood, or building a snowperson.

Take on winter conditions with this chic boot. It presents versatile...
Take on winter conditions with this chic boot. It presents versatile applications to keep you warm and protected all day throughout winter.
Photo: Amber King

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