Dave LeBlanc got a new pair of kicks to fight fire in.
In April I received a pair of the new Black Diamond X2 boots to demo and write a review on. Having been a leather boot convert for quite some time, I looked forward to the opportunity to try something new and see what Black Diamond had done.
When I opened the box and got my first up close look at the boots I thought they looked more like the rubber boots I used to wear than the leather boots I have been wearing for 10 years. Well what is the old saying, “looks are deceiving”? That would be my last comparison to rubber boots.
Out of the box, the Black Diamond X2 boots may be the most comfortable pair of boots I have worn. They required little in the way of “break in” and for their first test I ran the stairs with no trouble at all. Almost like wearing station boots.
One issue I found was that their sizing was a little different than other boots and shoes. So I would recommend trying on a pair before buying them, only to make sure you get the “right fit”. That being said, with an extra pair of socks, these boots would fit me perfectly thus making them a perfect “winter boot”.
Even with the little bit of extra room I had, these boots were still very comfortable and very functional. The heel lock feature works as advertised and I never experienced and discomfort or blistering from the boots moving around as I wore them.
Below is a list of their features and a link to the Black Diamond Website for more information. Unfortunately during the demo period, work was sparse, but with a steady diet of drilling and routine calls these boots are definitely worth looking at when you consider your next boot purchase.
ATHLETIC FLEXIBILITY & FIT OUT OF THE BOX 3-POINT HEEL LOCKING SYSTEM
Our exclusive innovation reduces heel slippage to increase mobility while keeping your foot in place where and when it’s most important. EVERY PAIR OF X2 BOOTS CAN BE CUSTOM FIT TO
THREE WIDTHS: MEDIUM, WIDE AND EXTRA-WIDE.
COMFORT FIT PLUS – WITH ORTHOLITE®
3-density, multi-fit, removable footbed with TPU heel cradle for comfort, anti-odor, anti-fungal, breathable and shock absorption for overtime comfort.
BOOT HEIGHT: 14 Inches
LEATHER UPPER: FireTuff flame retardant waterproof HEAVYWEIGHT LEATHER UPPER
FUSION UPPER: Fusion fabric – Nomex®/Kevlar® and Teflon® F.P.P.E.
LINING: CROSSTECH® membrane with Omaha lining
KEVLAR® LINING: Kevlar® lined for cut protection
TIBIA PROTECTOR: Extended comfort form-fitting shin-guard for maximum protection
CALF-FIT SYSTEM: Exclusive calf-fit system allows for extended CALF WIDTH, maximum flexibility, ccomfort and fit
FOOTBED: ORTHOLITE® 3-density, multi-fit, removable footbed with TPU heel cradle for comfort, anti-odor, anti-fungal, breathable and shock absorption for overtime comfort.
OUTSOLE: Proprietary Rubber Comfort Cup Sole with Comfort Flex, High Abrasion and Traction Performance. Built-in Heel Boot Jack for Easy-Off.
STEEL TOE: Oblique, Comfort Wide Toe with Steel Toe Protection.
TOE CAP AND HEEL PROTECTION: Molded Rubber Toe Cap and Heel for High Abrasion and Ankle Support Guard Protection
PROTECTIVE PLATE: Lenzi® Puncture Protection
STEEL SHANK: Double ridged steel
PULL-ON SYSTEM: Integrated & reinforced pull-on system
3-POINT HEEL LOCK SYSTEM: Exclusive 3-Point Heel Lock for Fit & Comfort
3M SCOTCHLITE® Flame resistant and reflective for added visibility
CERTIFICATION: NFPA1971-2007 Edition
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