Haix Black eagle Tactical 2.0 GTX Mid Boot
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- Last updated: 20/03/2019
I have to admit that I had some initial misgivings about the new version of the HAIX ‘Black Eagle Mid’ boot, as I’ve been wearing a pair of the originals on and off for the past few years, and very good they’ve been too!
The originals obviously took their cue from the outdoor performance sector, both in terms of materials used and the physical look; this to me was certainly no bad thing, although for those of you that need a more ‘uniform’ look, they weren’t exactly fit for duty, given the rather striking grey exodetailing. They were, however, extremely comfortable and supportive, even in very rough terrain and under load and, after a while, they really didn’t look anything except generally muddy and well-used!
The look for the new models is much more ‘duty’, with clean, almost smart, lines, and not a trace of ‘detailing’ in sight! This of course means that they are immediately more user-friendly for anyone that needs to present a smart appearance (I’m thinking security guys here) whilst ensuring that they have good support and comfort; well, they should, as HAIX have been making boots since 1948 and the current crop are the culmination of literally years of expertise!
The HAIX Black Eagle Tactical 2.0 GTX Mid Boot is based on advanced running technology, so this means that they are light, dynamic, extremely slip resistant, highly breathable and durably waterproof. The leather uppers and Gore- Tex waterproofing will keep your feet dry and the antistatic and anti-slip sole will keep your feet firmly on the ground whatever the terrain.
The HAIX Climate System uses the pumping action created during movement, to allow air to circulate with every step; moist air is released and fresh air comes in through the vent holes at the top of the boot. Add to this the anti-bacterial insole, and your feet will not only feel as if they are well protected, but will smell fresh too, even after a long shift! The energy absorbing heel also keeps your feet cushioned and will prevent jarring when walking on uneven surfaces. The HAIX Black Eagle Tactical 2.0 GTX Mid Boot is also airport and scanner friendly, so is eminently suitable for security staff.
In terms of ‘feel’, I found the Black Eagles a definite move on from the original model, with a snug heel but a slightly broader forefoot, which suits my foot shape. They absorb shock well, even on rocky mountain trails, whilst the outsole proved grippy in almost every situation; I will admit that they slip a little on wet chalk, but then I’ve not yet discovered a boot that doesn’t!
The mid-height cuff is absolutely the perfect height for me, comfortably encasing the ankle bones, but not at the expense of support. The lacing is swift and easy to get right, although I must admit that the ‘lace flap’, whilst it does keep the laces tidy, can be annoying if you’re not wearing your trousers bloused; indeed, under a pair of normal trousers it does catch, and bulks out a little, which is a huge shame, as otherwise the Black Eagles are now smart enough to wear even ‘smart casual’!
Overall though, I believe that HAIX have really moved this line of boots forwards, and they are now fulfilling the potential they always had. These get a big ‘thumbs up’ from me!
My thanks go to www.patrolstore.com for supplying the test sample.