A lot has changed since then. Over the years, I have been a gearhead- still am to a degree. I am always testing out neat stuff, most of the time just because, well, I could.
So after all these years, it was pretty cool when I got an email from Blauer to test out a pair of their boots.
Over the years, I have worn a lot of different boots, partly due to my weird feet. I’ve had a hard time finding boots that wear good, fit good, and look good. You name it, I’ve worn it. Some lasted a long time but were not comfortable, while others felt good and lasted about eight months. So I was more than willing to test out a pair of Blauers. I’ve seen them advertised but they were about the only ones I had not tried.
For the past five or six years, I have worn Haix Air Power boots. They wore...OK...but never did get really comfortable. I was hoping that sometime they would break in, but they never really did. So yeah, I was looking for some replacements, and when Baluer came calling, I said "OK".
For my wear test I selected the Blitz 8” waterproof boot.
|Look what FedEx left|
They arrived on a Friday just before lunch, so I started the test that afternoon (yes, I get to come home for lunch...hey it's a perk of being the Training Officer with a whopping 1.1 mile commute!).
The first thing I noticed when I took them out of the box was the BOA lacing system with stainless steel cables. I was wondering how that would work but I have been pleasantly surprised. One of the problems I have always had with zipper boots has been getting a good fit and having
the boot not slip up and down without
getting them too tight. The BOA works wonders- the boot fits but it is not too
Score one for Blauer.
Like every boot or show I have ever worn, my weird feet have always required a break-in period. Some boots never ‘broke-in’. Some felt good from the get-go but not too long later they felt ‘worn out’. My Blitz boots took a couple of days to get broken in, but by Monday afternoon (yes, I wore them over the weekend at my other gig- CCT paramedic) they were feeling pretty good. And if my feet are not hurting after work, that is a good thing. And they still feel pretty good now.Score another one for Blauer.
I don’t normally stomp through deep water anymore (I guess that comes from riding a classroom), but the other day that sort of changed. We were doing driver training where I work and I was overseeing a backing station, when one of the "afternoon and evening" thunderstorms our area is known for in the summer time dropped in. So, I wound up standing around in 4” of water…and while my head and upper body was wet…and I mean soaking wet, my feet were, well dry.
And score another one for Blauer.
|The Blauer 8" waterproof Blitz boots|
Now I did not put them through some of the same "scientific" tests that fellow blogger Kelly Grayson did over at the Ambulance Driver blog. But, I have given them a general wear test, and there is one thing that counts above all- my feet don’t hurt at the end of the day. And that has not happened since I was issued my all leather army boots at basic training at Fort Jackson many years ago.
Also, there is something in the descriptive literature about 'antimicrobial' materials and such, which I take to mean 'odor suppressing', or something similar. And since my feet are know for their distinct aroma at times, this is a good thing. And since the dog does not get dizzy and stagger after I take them off or he walks past them, I guess it works.
The Blitz boot is billed as the "ultimate is public safety footwear". And from my feet's point of view, they are pretty damn close.
The only thing I would suggest to Blauer is to develop a pair with a safety toe, specifically a composite safety tow. I don’t know about law enforcement, but a lot of EMS agencies specify that footwear has a composite safety toe.
Other than that, two thumbs up.