Gear of the Week: Mishmi Takin Jampui

This light, waterproof boot is built to handle the heat.
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Mishmi Takin Jampui

Our take: 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 details: 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 6mm, 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," our tester says. Bummer: Unisex sizing and a roomy toebox mean this boot might not fit some women's feet.

Trail cred: "I put the Jampui to the test on the rocky trails of Acadia National Park, but the Cordura and suede upper brushed off scrapes with ease,” our tester says.

$130; 1 lb. 14 oz. (m's 9.5); fits w's 6 to m's 13.5; Buy Mishmi Takin Jampui Now