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Haix Fire Flash Xtreme Boot Review

It has been about two months since first zipping up the Haix Fire Flash Xtreme boots.  Since then, the boots have been worn on the stair-stepper, at a heavy rescue class in the red mud of South Carolina, at the Northern Ohio Fools heavy rescue 101 class in Norwalk, Ohio, during the FDIC stair climb, during a weeklong heavy rescue class at BGSU State Fire School, and on the job.  Ride along in the boots during the stair climb below.

 

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Specs from the Haix website:

NFPA 1971-2013, NFPA 1951-2013, NFPA 1992-2012, NFPA 1977-2011, CAN/CSA Z 195-2009*, ASTM F 2413-2011

  • STRUCTURAL, USAR, HAZMAT and Wildland
  • Secura Liner – will never pull out or wrinkle up over time
  • HAIX Sun Reflect leather keeps feet cooler in direct sunlight
  • waterproof/breathable with CROSSTECH®
  • HAIX® Lacing system for superior fit
  • KEVLAR® chainsaw protection
  • protective toe cap
  • puncture protection sole
  • Increased chemical protection
  • Nitrile/rubber sole
  • heat resistance

Pros:

  • Little to no break-in needed
  • Feet have not been sore or blistered after extended time in the boots
  • Feet stayed dry
  • Multi-use
  • Zipper seems heavy-duty
  • Personal preference, maybe…but the jump from rubber pull-ons to leather pull-ons is great and the jump from leather pull-ons to zip-ups is that much better again

Cons:

  • Tread could be a bit more aggressive for muddy / snow conditions
  • It took a little while to adjust lacing system, however, the boots felt like a custom fit when done
  • Loop on the back of the boot is useful for donning, however it takes a while to break in

Cost in the Haix Bootstore:  $365.00

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Going from pull-on boots to zip-ups changed my decade + routine of turning out.  Several brothers wondered if pants then boots slowed me down…nope.  I’m looking  forward to putting more miles, stairs, mud, heat, and snow on these boots.  If anything eventful happens as far as durability, we’ll let you know.

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