Black Diamond Leather X-Boot
I’m excited to announce a new section of Hoopie World, Product Reviews. This section will be for unbiased, detailed product reviews for firefighting and emergency service products. There is a new tab Product Reviews in the top menu of the site, and here is a link to our Product Review Policies.
The first product that Hoopie World will be reviewing is the leather X-Boot, Stock #0911, made by Black Diamond Protective Equipment. This will be a two-part review, with this first part concentrating on details of the boots such as material, looks, comfort, and the second part will focus on field tests with the boots. The field tests will include testing the traction and tread in a variety of situations, climbing ladders, and comfort after wearing them for a long period of time.
During a quick search online, these boots can be found for sale for around $250.00. Some sites have them for more, some for less. I would suggest going to a local fire equipment and gear dealer and see what type of pricing they can get you.
Here is Black Diamond’s blurb on this boot:
The X-BOOT sets a new standard for fire boots – built for today’s firefighter, using proven shoemaking technologies and constructions. Utilizing proprietary materials, innovative thinking and input from firefighters, we built a better boot, a better way. In addition to meeting the NFPA standards, we meet the standards of firefighters who demand all-day comfort, support and protection. NFPA1971 Certified.
At first glance, these boots look like pretty standard firefighting bunker boots, with one difference of the loops at the top. The loops on the X-Boot are integrated with the boot so there aren’t external loop straps hanging off. I like the look of them, as they mix new technology with a traditional look.