With no guide and absolutely no reservations, we hiked onto a body of solid ice which flowed like a river under its own weight through one of Alaska’s most spectacular glacial valleys. We trekked past beautiful crevasses and startingly blue ice. When we had a steady foot hold we whipped out the camera to snap a shot of the breathtaking Chugach mountains.
There’s climbing a mountain, and then there’s climbing an ICE mountain. But there was no need to strap on our crampons – we were wearing Jambu.
It takes a special kind of outdoor adventure shoe to prove suitable for travelers like ourselves who traverse elements in a variety of different climates, and from hiking the rugged mountain ranges and craggy coastline cliffs of the Channel Islands, to jumping through giant sea caves, pristine tidepools, and expansive beaches on our journey north through California, to most recently a trek across Matanuska Glacier in Alaska, we’ve found our new shoes from Jambu have proven to be worth their weight in adventure gold.
Jambu footwear is an outdoor and fashion lifestyle brand recognized for its innovative, technical and utilitarian comfort outsoles with floral motifs and eco-designs, reflecting its “Life’s an Adventure and Journey” philosophy and culture. Jambu’s identity stems from the idea that life is nothing but an adventure – an amazingly beautiful and unforeseeable adventure.
They empower people to love their journey through life, and take advantage of those inevitable twists and turns, as these moments can be life-changing. Through offering an array of styles and designs, paired with the latest advances in footwear technology, Jambu helps you take on these adventures, while fitted in supreme comfort and style.
Progressively designed for the adventurous and everyday traveler, their shoes and boots fuse on-trend style and comfort with the latest in footwear tech to support and protect adventure seekers in challenging climates and on changing terrain. Their vibrant cross-generational styles and progressive eco-friendly & climate-tech designs for outdoor & family lifestyles brings back the functionality in footwear, one shoe at a time, without forgetting the importance of style of course!
Through incorporating the latest footwear innovations, such as Flex Traction and Memory Foam Footbeds, they’ve managed to push comfort and practicality to the forefront, while maintaining a strong sense of identity and style.
With a huge collection available for both males and females which range from extremely durable boots and sandals, to supremely comfortable heels and wedges, Mike decided that the Tundra would be the perfect fit for conquering every path imaginable; a challenge we have most certainly met on this current trip from Phoenix to Alaska. Glaciers, sea caves, forests – the last 2 months have seen him trek through them all.
Featuring Jambu’s all new Hyper-Grip technology, this innovative and durable sneaker offers unmatched traction and comfort. It’s got a hypergrip outsole with micro-glass filaments to provide traction on wet terrains, a partially recycled rubber outsole, bungee lace and adjustable toggle, EVA antibacterial insole w/ mesh overlay and mesh lining.
He found the sneaker to be extremely breathable, so even if you choose to wear them on a glacier trek for the super traction and find yourself trapped in a glacial river because you went solo without a guide, your foot dries surprisingly quickly after you find your way out!
We found that they are designed to regulate airflow to your feet through cooling and airvent technology and help wick away moisture, keeping you cool and dry. He really put the breathable membrane to the test, though it held it’s own in some of the most extreme climates, and does what it says – keeps your feet dry and warm during cold conditions, featuring the use of water drainage ports and quick drying materials to help resist the penetration of water.
Since I was already set with a sturdy female hiking boot when Jambu reached out to us to review their shoes, I decided I was in need of a stylish outdoor city shoe, and have taken edginess up a notch with the Sugar, a wedge style that straps all the way to the ankle and is SUPREMELY comfortable due to an amazing contoured memory foam footbed.
Supremely comfortable as in you can wear them on long walks for 14 hours at a time (as I did below in Long Beach, California) and finish your day without blisters or sores. Seriously amazing outdoor shoe for exploring a new city in style.
The Sugar is reminiscent of gladiator styles that have been one of the top trends of the last few seasons, and it’s just flat out pretty! Note that this style runs slightly big. If you are between sizes, we recommend you buy the smaller size.
So we’ve ticked the boxes for functionality, hyper grip, comfort and style, though in an age where we have to be so very aware of our global footprint, Jambu ticks that box too. Their shoes are made with partially recycled outsoles and 100% recycled packaging, designed to keep you looking good while doing good for nature at the same time.
They pride themselves on being ecofriendly, made for the outdoors and great for the soul/sole, and believe in doing their part for the environment. Their designs are both vegan and biodegradable which use no animal products while providing the same comfort and quality standards, and through a partnership with American Forests, a portion of their profits were used to plant 50,000 trees in 2014. In this small way they hope to preserve our great outdoors for future generations to come.
Let Jambu take you on your next journey in style and comfort. I would be naked without my Jambu shoes!
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