Jalas Fantom Drylock

159.99 EUR
Jalas Fantom Drylock
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In Finland the comic character "The Phantom" (you know, the butch guy who runs around the Bengal jungle in purple tights) is immensely popular. In fact he's so famous that Jalas actually went and named a boot after him. And a top quality boot it is too! We are especially thrilled, as these fit our wide, hairy Finnish hobbit feet well.

When The Phantom leaves the Nuuksio jungle and goes to downtown Espoo, we're quite sure he wears these, as it's always pretty sloshy and cold there. Like the Finnish army M05 boots, these are full leather, but here's the catch; these have a waterproof membrane. If you're not a Finn, you probably pass this by with a shrug, but we're pretty excited - in a country that lags behind everyone else about 10-20 years, that's something! It's almost like, you know, introducing electricity to Zimbabwe (again).

Now, as us Finns do know something about winter, these have some pretty good qualities for cold weather footwear (along with the membrane): a rubber sole with good traction, strong construction and a proper full leather tongue. Last but not least, these are sized pretty generously to accommodate thick (double) socks inside. Oh, and the insole is super, one of the best we have ever seen.



Miscellaneous info

  • Full leather construction. Means you can actually polish the leather to keep it in good shape. We recommend using special membrane-compatible polish, regular ones might block the membrane.
  • Shock absorbption in the sole and superior traction - these are meant for Finnish weather conditions. The rubber doesn't get stiff easily and can take heat up to 300 degrees celsius.
  • Reinforced nose. Please note that this is not a safety toe. It's the same kind found on most standard military footwear.
  • Speed lacing. Now, Jalas made a nifty little thing to make this better: they put small ball bearings inside the tunnel loops. Think about it, which causes more wear to the laces, a metal corner or a round bearing? This also makes the pull easier.
  • Fits better around the shaft than the standard M05 boot, thanks to the thicker tongue and light padding inside.

The membrane isn't Gore-Tex. Instead, it's something the boot manufacturer, Jalas, calls "Drylock". The manufacturer of the membrane fabric itself is Porelle. If you're confused, no worries - the membrane works just as it should: keeps water out and lets sweat fumes out. Porelle promises some pretty awesome specs for their membrane.



Size info

The sizing system is very Finnish - the sizes run big. As this boot is designed for Finnish feet, the last is very wide. It probably would be wise to take one size smaller than usual. Of course, this is very individual and should be used only as a guideline.

Some people want to know the insole lengths of each size, so here you go. Measured by placing a tape on the insole and measuring the longest distance from the heel to the toe.

Shoe sizeInsole length
35235 mm
36245 mm
37250 mm
38255 mm
39262 mm
40268 mm
41275 mm
42278 mm
43287 mm
44296 mm
45302 mm
46307 mm
47314 mm
48323 mm
49331 mm

Factory new, made in Finland by Urho Viljamaa OY.

Employee's comments

What we have here is an exceptionally comfortable boot. Call me old fashioned, but initially I was somewhat doubtful of the whole concept of a leather boot with a waterproof membrane, reasoning that since a membrane boot tends to be somewhat stuffy, as does your average leather boot, then a membraned leather boot ought to be like wearing wellies.

I was however proven wrong when, after a brisk 40 km march in pouring rain, my merino wool socks were no sweatier than they'd be after a light city walk in low shoes. In addition to this my feet weren't chilled by the near-freezing water we repeatedly had to wade through, something that is often the case with membraned boots that have a non-waterproof outer material, such as cordura or nylon.

I usually dismiss all kinds of "guaranteed to keep you dry and warm" sales pitches automatically, experience having shown that being outdoors just doesn't work that way, but this product came eerily close to doing what it said on the tin. Hats off to the designers, well done! With time I've also come to realize the value of the leather upper + membrane lining -combo; both mitigate the other's weaknesses. Whereas even a well cared for pair of leather boots will start letting water in after some 60+ km without greasing, the membrane will stay waterproof until it's worn through. On the other hand, should the membrane be broken, you can always polish up the leather and have the boots be almost as good as new that way.

Last, but by no means least, I want to say a word or two about the FX2 insoles that come with these. They are a marvel and no mistake! They have the usual plethora of features most high-end insoles have these days, but what really sets these babies apart is their double shock absorbtion. Instead of just having a bit of rubber under the heel, which is the usual solution, these have two patches of shock absorbing foam, making walking a whole new experience in comfort. These insoles are to a long distance walker what anabolic steroids are to a weightlifter.

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Rating average 4.75/5 - 13 ratings.


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5/5
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02.08.2016
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25.08.2016
Tainnut olla neljä vuotta käytössä kesät-talvet, kyllä kelpaa lompsia eteenpäin.
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5/5
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01.11.2016
My best shoes so far for in the forest and hiking! Will be very hard to top for that price and usage

(For steep terrain I use a heavier boot with stiffer soles though.)
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5/5
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17.11.2016
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24.11.2016
Parhaat kengät, jotka kestävät noin 2 vuotta päivittäisessä käytössä, myös softatessa. Kengät pitää jalat lämpiminä sekä kuivina, kunnes kalvo on itsessään jo läpimärkä. Muutaman päivän hyppelyn jälkeen kengät vaativat kuivaamista sisäpuolelta. Kenkien kalvo pääsi kulumaan puhki noin 1.5v kohdalla, joka päästää läpi veden ja kastelee osittain sukan. Kenkien sisäpohjan eristeet hävisivät vuodessa ja päästää sillointällöin vedet sisään.

Mukavat JALASsa siihen saakka, kun ne ovat kuivat.
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5/5
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30.12.2016
Sopivat hienosti jalkaan ja hengittävät uskomattoman hyvin!
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5/5
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01.01.2017
Pätevät kengät jotka toimivat kuin sariini lastensairaalassa. Ovat myös kauttaaltaan vedenpitävät, keväällä mulahin mukavasti ojaan polvea myöten, ja vesi pysyi napakasti kengän sisällä. Kevyet kokonahkaiset maiharit jotka eivät juurikaan hiosta edes kesähelteillä, tokihan myös vedenpitävät, sekä vallankin mukavat omaan jalkaan. Plussaa myös pohjan pitävyys jäätiköllä verrattuna joihinkin muihin maihareihin, vaikka rakas maamme kuinka koitti tappaa allekirjoittanutta jäisellyydellään, niin vedin pidemmän korren, kiitos mustanaamioiden.
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5/5
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13.01.2017
Tosi mukavat omaan räpylään joka pakkaa olemaan Suomalaisittain leveä ja korkea. Vedenpitävyys tuli myös testattua, sukat pysyi kuivina mukavasti.

Tosin mulla 42 jalka, otin 42 kokoiset ja hyvin menee merinosukka+villasukka sisälle, josta tykkään enemmän.
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5/5
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20.01.2017
Mahtavat kengät, komea ulkonäkö ja jalkaan muotoutuu sen suurempaa "sisään ajoa".
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5/5
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25.01.2017
Just received these boots today. I live in New Hampshire in the US, we get a lot of snow. My US-made boots were not up to the task and despite being "waterproof" they wore out quickly and started leaking on me during a hike. Freezing cold water in your waterproof boots is not what you want!

So I investigated military boots for different countries in the arctic. Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia. The Finns had the best boots by my estimation, so I bought these.

The fit is very different from US boots in my opinion; these boots are more 'foot shaped' than my old boots, meaning they conform to the foot closer. Mine are a little snug on me, I think if I were going to buy again I'd get a bigger size. I rounded down when converting my US shoe-size to EU, I should have rounded up I think :) So far it hasn't been uncomfortable and I suspect they will loosen up a little after I've worn them awhile.

They are kind of magical in the snow. My old boots would sink right to the bottom when I take a step, these float on top and almost don't even leave a footprint. The treads are not very deep, but are 'complex' ... I think this helps in the snow, as opposed to my old boot that had deep treads with a fairly standard pattern. I look forward to trying them out in new / deep snow, but so far its been great.

As for the insoles, they are comfortable for military boots. :) If you're used to civilian shoes, you will probably still find them uncomfortable, but I've worn nothing but boots for years and so these are way better than your average military boots.

I very much like that the lace 'hardware' doesn't have sharp edges. I think my laces will last longer this way. Time will tell!

Overall, very happy, and looking forward to taking these boots on a good adventure to see how they hold up. After a string of very inferior US boot purchases, I'm hoping the Finns can show us how its done :)
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2/5
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21.03.2017
Näistä tuli vanha kumisaapas mieleen. Päällipuoli oli verrokkeihin nähden epämääräisen löperö ja kävelytuntuma oli koosta riippumatta kömpelö, vaikka pohja on joustava. Jalaksen nauhakoukkuja joutuu aina korjaamaan pihdeillä. Plussaa nahkaisuudesta, mutta en suosittelisi - ilmeisesti toisilla toimivat käytössä hyvin. Omaan jalkaan Leka-Jalas-yhteistuotos oli parempi ja Sievin GT tähänastisista paras.
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5/5
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10.05.2017
Istuvat ainankin minun jalkoihin kuin nyrkki silmään. Kun pitää pinnan kunnossa kalvolankilla, voi narut kireellä kävellä niin syvään lätäkköön kuin vartta riittää eikä tule vesi läpi.
Toinen pari jo menossa, ensimmäisistä tamppasin pohjat puhki.
Uutta Jalaksen FX2-pohjallista kun raaskii vaihdella alle, niin pysyy käyttömukavuus kohdillaan.
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