I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. One of the most important aspects of any outdoor activity is keeping our feet comfortable and happy. The shoes we put on our feet can definitely make or break our adventures, which is why selecting the right pair of hiking boots is such an important and personal decision.
Take for example the new Jamison boots from Bogs. If you’re looking for a great new pair of hiking boots to use in the backcountry or when high on the slopes of a mountain, than this isn’t your boot. But, if your looking for a solid, comfortable, warm boot for wearing around town and on light hikes, then this just might be the shoe for you.
Bogs is a company that has built itself a reputation on designing and manufacturing a wide variety of boots and shoes for use in the work place, while hunting, or for just wearing around town. Their shoes are both stylish and functional, and are especially popular with several of my female friends, who appreciate their warmth and comfort in the cooler, rainier weather.
The Jamison boots were my introduction to Bogs and I was immediately impressed with the high quality construction that went into putting these boots together. They feel solid, rugged, and tough, and thats before you ever put them on your feet. They also have a nice, understated styling that almost feels like a bit of a throwback, but in a good way.
Some companies making boots today seem to feel they have to use unusual colors or patterns to make them standout, and really they just need to make them comfortable to wear and strong enough to stand up to day-to-day abuse.
Slipping the boots on, I immediately found that they were comfortable and warm. , although they had a fit that took a little getting use to. The soles are very solid and a bit on the larger side, which made the boots feel bigger than they actually are. Those same soles provide plenty of stability and traction however, even on wet and slick surfaces, which is where they really shine.
The boots are also completely waterproof, and designed for cold temperatures. I can attest to the fact that they are plenty warm, but the Bogs website says they are rated for sub-zero temperatures. That may be true for running around town, but I don’t think I’d want to test that rating in the backcountry.
Bogs says these shoes are built for hiking, but I personally don’t think they’ll be replacing my Asolo’s anytime soon. That said, they are a fantastic shoe for wearing in an urban setting, particularly in bad weather. They’ll keep your feet warm and dry, while also keeping you standing upright.
That isn’t to say they don’t make a good pair of hiking shoes, as they can transition well from the pavement to the trail for those unexpected adventures, its just that they wouldn’t be my first choice to wear on an extended hike. In those cases, I’d prefer something that breathes a bit better and is a bit more form fitting on my feet.
If you’re in the market for a comfortable pair of boots for your urban adventures or light hiking activities, the Jamison is a good, versatile option. The fact that they are both waterproof and well insulated, will make them a favorite amongst those who live in cold weather climes, especially since winter has just gotten underway. You’ll find they look good, can take a beating, and perform well in rain, snow, and even ice. (MSRP: $108)
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