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BACKPACKER Gear 360 Review
Waterproof boots can be stifling in summer. But throw on the Jampui, and you won’t have to worry about sweaty feet while hiking in warm, wet conditions. The key is lightweight construction paired with an air-permeable eVent membrane: It lets moisture escape instantly, without waiting for sweat buildup that can cause discomfort. “On a hike in Brown County State Park in Indiana, temps were in the mid-80s and I undertook multiple stream crossings. But my feet stayed dry from the inside out,” our tester says. The Jampui’s Vibram Megagrip sole held tight on wet limestone on the shores of Lake Michigan during a jaunt in Wisconsin’s Newport State Park, and our tester reports that the boot’s 6-millimeter-deep, multidirectional lugs shed mud easily. A dual-density EVA midsole provides ample cushion, and the lack of an underfoot shank allows the Jampui to flex and form to terrain during rocky and root-filled hikes. “It performs like a trail runner, but the mid-height cuff made me confident I wouldn’t twist an ankle,” another tester says. “And when I put the Jampui to the test on the rocky trails of Acadia National Park, the Cordura-and-suede upper brushed off scrapes with ease.” Bummer: Unisex sizing and a roomy toe box mean this boot might not fit some women’s feet.
Weight: 1 lb. 14 oz.
Sizes: (m’s 9.5); fits w’s 6 to m’s 13.5
“Coming out of the box, the first impression I had was ‘Wow – these are light.’ I can hop-scotch around all day in these boots. They’re superlight for how supportive they are, grippy, and don’t make my feet overheat. During wet, muddy hikes on the New Hampshire coast, they kept my feet dry on every outing. The top two lacing eyelets have the laces sandwiched between the upper and the tongue gusset, which adds a lot of friction to the lace itself and holds it in place very firmly. Almost no lace-slip at all. I did experience some underfoot soreness after long hikes in particularly rugged terrain, but other than that they’re fast, light, cool and comfy.”