Jack Wolfskin Impulse Pro Texapore O2 Mid M Walking Boot for Men
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Impulse Pro Texapore O2 Mid M Walking Boot for Men
Jack Wolfskin says:"Ideal for long treks with a heavy pack on challenging terrain The IMPULSE PRO TEXAPORE O2+ MID trekking boot is robust, waterproof and very breathable and gives the foot a high degree of support and stability. The upper is made from very robust, oiled nubuck leather and features stabilisers at the ankle joint, arch and heel. So even with a fully laden backpack you will stand with both feet firmly and securely on the ground. The 360° impact protection is a welcome feature when moving over rocks and scree. The sole was developed in co-operation with the sole specialists at VIBRAM and is robust and durable. It has an aggressive tread pattern for good grip on muddy trails. The EVA midsole works as a shock absorber, which is particularly good for long-distance treks. It protects the joints and helps you maintain your performance for longer."
Features to Note:
- Oiled nubuck leather plus textile fabric
- All-round impact protection rand
- Robust Vibram trekking sole
- TEXAPORE O2+ membrane
- Circuliner polyester lining
- Brace support system: Stabilising system for the ankle joint and arch of foot heel stabiliser
- Vibram Wolf Trek: very sturdy trekking and hiking sole with special heel support
- Lacing system with metal eyelets and hooks and low set tensioning hooks
The Impulse Pro Texapore O2+ Mid M Walking and Trekking Boots from Jack Wolfskin are a substantial piece of kit. At 1460g they are on the heavy side for walking and hiking boots (though not the heaviest boots we have tested). With this in mind I tested these boots in the wet and mud of the Forest of Bowland and on a long mountain hike in the Lake District.
The soles are thick and robust and are extremely stiff. As a result I found they offered plenty of protection to the soles of my feet on rough ground. The deep lugs meant I had good grip on all kinds of terrain from wet grass and mud to dry rock.
The front toe box is large and has good stiff walls with a flexible top giving good protection to my toes while allowing them to move. But this means the lacing systems starts further up the boot preventing refined tightening at the lower end - but if you get a pair that fit properly this should not be a problem.
When it comes to the fit, I found these boots to be a bit on the large side and I needed to wear two pairs of thick walking socks to compensate. Fine in winter but could be uncomfortable on hot sunny days in the high mountains.
The laces supplied are long enough and felt strong and secure. A locking eyelet enabled me to tighten the bottom half of the boot and lock it off before tightening the rest of the boot round my ankle. The cut of the boot is high and there is lots of padding on the inside. I found this provided lots of support to my feet and my ankle area in particular.
Breathable and waterproof, the Impulse Pro Texapore O2+ Mid M Walking and Trekking Boots from Jack Wolfskin are a solid, reliable and dependable - perfect for long treks in the hills and mountains. Check the sizing though.
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