Jack Pyke Tundra Boots
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- Last updated: 29/12/2020
I can personally vouch for the quality of Jack Pyke (JP) boots, as I have competed in Hunter Field Target competitions around the country in them for some time now. We have enough to think about when navigating a target course, and just knowing that footwear will be dependable and built for the job, allows us to concentrate purely on performance.
On trial here is the latest upgraded version of JP’s popular Tundra boots, and whilst the modern, slightly lairy camouflage pattern is a real head-turner, it’s the lack of weight that initially grabs the attention. I couldn’t resist weighing them, and at 1.4lbs apiece, these boots certainly won’t add to any tiredness over a long period outdoors.
Support, comfort and warmth, are all vital qualities in any outdoor footwear; but technology begins to play a part when aspects such as ‘breathability’ are considered. These boots are constructed from 900D Cordura, utilizing Hydroguard material which is pretty high tech; formed from laminated (layered) material, covered in microscopic pores. Water droplets are simply too large to pass through the membrane, but the pores are the perfect size to allow sweat and moisture to escape. The result is a 100% waterproof membrane, keeping the foot cosy yet dry. Seam-sealed for maximum protection, the Tundra 2’s also feature an extended padded tongue, sealed all the way around, just allowing the top three lace holes some freedom. Water ingress here can be unpleasant over an extended day, so this is a welcomed detail.
The new footwear feature a ‘high abrasion’ lining for maximum wear and added comfort, along with a padded heel and pull loops, to help get them on. There’s a mesh lining too, along with hard exterior reinforced toe and heel protectors. The sole is specified as a mixture of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) and natural rubber. The former is apparently one of the best shock absorption materials available, popular in jogging kit, but also a technical advantage in boots. The chunky grip pattern means you won’t be sliding anytime soon!
My test boots came specified in a UK size 11, and I do have wide feet, yet these were a good fit. One observation was that the laces needed re-positioning through alternate eyelets, as they weren’t initially long enough. That said, I don’t see this as a problem, since the eyelets seem rather close together. With the boots re-laced, they were secure and perfectly snug.
Having worn these boots over an extended test period, everything feels slick and well made, offering a technical level of performance, along with impressive support and comfort.
Waterproof yet breathable, rugged and durable, yet super lightweight- all the necessary features stack up with these Tundra 2’s. Plus with the trusted Jack Pyke name on board, they’re a ‘no-brainer’ so to speak; all for a fair asking price.