Haix Boot Trial

New Boots arrived today. First impressions are good. Not a fan of the issue Haix boots but these look and feel a whole lot better. (Don't look like a pair of wellies)
Size is slightly larger than issue boots (7) i.e. Altbergs but once i put my orthotic insoles in and shoved a pair of thick wooly socks on they feel pretty snug. Hopefully give them a wee go on a hill at the weekend and see how they like soggy Scottish bogs ;-)

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spaz

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Mine have arrived too. The two buckshee pairs of socks in the box were a nice touch.

First impressions are:

  • They look really good and hard wearing.
  • I thought they may be a little narrow for my feet but they're a very good fit.
  • I like the idea of the fast lock lacing and the Gucci little pocket to store the excess laces in although I think cold fingers/gloved hand will struggle.
  • The insole is very nice, firm at the heel but a lot softer in the front half.
I haven't taken them out yet for a stomp about in some puddles but overall first impression is that they are an extremely well made bit of kit with some innovative features.

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Mine have arrived too. The two buckshee pairs of socks in the box were a nice touch.

First impressions are:

  • They look really good and hard wearing.
  • I thought they may be a little narrow for my feet but they're a very good fit.
  • I like the idea of the fast lock lacing and the Gucci little pocket to store the excess laces in although I think cold fingers/gloved hand will struggle.
  • The insole is very nice, firm at the heel but a lot softer in the front half.
I haven't taken them out yet for a stomp about in some puddles but overall first impression is that they are an extremely well made bit of kit with some innovative features.

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**** me Spaz..............are you in my house? ;-)
 
Same as jockparamedic, my Haix boots arrived today. As already alluded to in his spiel, I'll second that they look a lot better than the issue pair, which look a bit like orthopaedic moon shoes, and came with 2 x pairs of Haix socks.

On initial inspection, I'm interested to see how the speed lace system works out and am impressed with the little pouch near the top on the outside of the boots to store the excess laces.

I've got a Reserve intake coming up shortly followed by a full regular 14 weeker in the beginning of November. Shame I didn't get them a week earlier whilst cutting about in Snowdownia!


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Ravers

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Good stuff chaps, glad to see they're coming through. I will be sending a link to this thread to HAIX and they will be monitoring it to see how we're getting on.

My original review of the same boots here:

HAIX French Army Boots - Review | Army Rumour Service

Edited to add: I'm getting a "404 Not Found" when I click on the links to the original review in that thread. Anyone else having the same snag?

Any friendly mods fancy having a look into this for us please?

Try this:

HAIX French Army Boots | Army Rumour Service
 
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Ravers

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Little bit of info on the lacing system.

One of the bits of research that has come from Gore and the boot manufactures that they work with, is that squaddies always tuck their laces into their boots. While this might look smart, it creates a wicking effect which allows moisture into the boot.

i.e. your laces will get wet, they will soak up water and eventually that water will deposit itself into your socks which are touching the tucked in bits of laces.

This system that we see on these HAIX boots eliminates any possibility of this. The excess laces do not go inside the boots.
 

Ravers

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Some shizzle about HAIX's in house quality control and testing:

Our in-house HAIX® tests:

Our shoes are all subjected to in-depth testing at our in-house laboratory
and not only comply with, but exceed all statutory standards and
certificates.
We use a wide range of testing methods to uphold this claim:

Watertightness: In the centrifuge (250 rpm)

In the bath (8 hours, static test)

In the walking simulator, dynamic test in water

Abrasion test (Martindale): For various surface materials, linings,
insoles (wet and dry)

Tensile test: Tear force

Tear propagation force

Separating forces of various materials

Material connections

Impact test (drop test): For protective toe caps

Flame exposure: All materials

Booty-Tester: Leak tightness analysis of lined shafts (booties)

Antistatic properties: Electrical contract resistance

Vapour permeability: Vapour permeability of materials

Long-term flexural behaviour: For soles, joints, insoles

Pressure test: For protective toe caps

Grip: Determination of all slip resistance coefficients

Of shoes with outsoles

SUN-REFLECT test: Light reflection of upper leather using a spectrometer

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Bad CO

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Mine also appeared today. Rather than showing off my poor taste in soft furnishings to the rest of ARRSE I thought I'd go for an 'unboxing' so you can all share in the excitement!

Initial impressions are very similar to everyone elses. Seem like a nice bit of kit with innovative features and lighter than I was expecting.

Phase one of the road test will be the biggie - can they cope with a night out in the pub. I'll report back later!



P.S I'm a sucker for good quality socks. The two pairs included in the box are very welcome.


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Boots have arrived today. My first impression is they are very good quality and seem quite comfortable.
Compared to my normal boots they seem very light but that could be because I do favour extreme cold weather pro boots. I will also compare them with other boots I have been wearing, having just been issued two different types of boots, the YTS Kestrel and normal issue Haix boots.

I will let you know and post more when I get them back on my feet.
 

Ravers

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Funny that you're all saying they feel light. I found them a little heavy, although that's probably because the two pairs of boots I'd been reviewing before these were lightweight desert boots.

Mine are coming up to a year old now and still going on strong. They've done some serious mileage over the Lakeland fells in some honking weather and are still 100% waterproof, unlike my AKU Pilgrims, which were never the same after I did mountain support on the Spine Race.
 

spaz

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Just weighed one of mine (size 11 (or man size)) 913g. Also weighed one of my Altberg High Liability Combat boots and it came in at 903g, so there is nothing in it.

Although I like the Altbergs and have been using them a while, first impressions of the Haix are better.

It seems a higher quality boot, looks sleeker and has some very nice features but the proof will be in the performance.
 

The_Duke

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Arrived. First impressions very good. Definitely field capable, and may need a limited amount of breaking in as they initially feel quite stiff. The lace locking system and ability to tuck away loose ends looks quite useful - more details to follow. Compulsory soft furnishing shot:
 
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