AGO stands for “Another Great Opportunity” – a great chance. That was probably his first thought, when the Italian, Francesco Rampichini, discovered a new adhesive in 1911. With AGO adhesive, leather could be glued to leather for the first time, which revolutionized shoe manufacturing. Of course, Rampichini's adhesive has been further developed over the decades and is now a high-tech product that is also used at HAIX's headquarters in Bavaria, Germany.
Did you know, forests and woodlands cover almost a third of the Earth's land, including over 700 million acres in the United States alone? That’s about the same size as 529 million football fields!
At HAIX®, we are committed to our corporate responsibility of sustainability through the efficient use of materials and energy. We value the use of low-pollutant substances for our products. Through optimized transport routes, waste minimization and the use of photovoltaic systems, our production sites are committed to conserving resources!
Tradition and high-tech - do they go together? Yes, they fit like a glove! Or like HAIX shoes on the feet of heroes. It all started very small. Over 70 years ago, company founder Xaver Haimerl added the X of his first name to the first three letters of his last name and began to manufacture hiking and work boots in the Bavarian town of Mainburg. In 1992, his son, Ewald Haimerl, developed the first leather firefighting boot. The rest is history ...
Winter is upon us, and regardless of what region of the country you live, the temperatures are getting colder. This creates new challenges for first responders who have to work out in the elements, especially police officers. Here are some cold weather tips and preparedness advice to keep you safe both off and on-duty.
Last Fall, HAIX® held a giveaway in which 1,000 police officers were selected to weartest the company's Black Eagle® Side Zip boots. Selected officers received a free pair of one of two models of their choice, the Black Eagle® Tactical 2.0 GTX High Side Zip with GORE-TEX® or the Black Eagle® Athletic 2.0 T High Side Zip without GORE-TEX®. Those chosen were given the complimentary boots in order to experience the quality of HAIX® footwear, including ultimate comfort and long-lasting durability. All HAIX® asked of each of the participants was to put the boots through their paces and then provide feedback after four weeks as to how the boots performed. Here’s a recap of the results of the HAIX® 1000 Pair Weartest Giveaway from Police Magazine.
HAIX® is proud to support the Shop with a Cop initiative this holiday season! This can be a tough time of year for some families, so giving children the opportunity to purchase gifts for their loved ones with the help of local law enforcement is a very rewarding experience for all those involved. It also gives police officers the ability to interact with kids in a positive environment while also spreading Christmas cheer!
Established in 1947, Toys for Tots is the U.S. Marine Corps' premier community action program and America's most popular Children's Christmas time charity. Every year an average of 18 million toys are distributed to seven million under privileged children through the program. This year HAIX® has partnered with Toys for Tots to help bring a Merry Christmas to America’s less fortunate children.
Nic is a Paramedic, Adventurer, and Urban Explorer. In his free time, he visits abandoned places that you don't see in everyday life - uninhabited villas, empty nuclear shelters and exclusion zones near nuclear power plants. Sometimes it takes him months to find the right location. In his blog, Nic regularly reports about his experiences, accompanied by impressive photographs of his adventures.
PA-HART (Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team) is a joint partnership between the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), along with civilian rescue technicians or civilian trained swift water rescue specialists. This highly specialized aerial search and rescue team provides an air asset for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States as a whole. The team is assigned missions, at a state level, through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. They use unique rescue hoisting capabilities with the use of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to provide life-saving search and rescue missions. Scott Grahn is a Senior Strike Team leader for PA-HART and has been involved with the team since its inception in 2007. HAIX® sat down with Scott to talk about his experiences.
Few people deserve to be celebrated more than the heroic men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us safe – we’re talking about firefighters! It’s important that we show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice, not just on September 11th, but all year long. Here are just some of the ways HAIX® is supporting firefighters throughout the year.
The Fire Department of New York (FNDY) has around 430 vehicles in service at any given time, including fire trucks, aerials, tower ladders, equipment vehicles, chief and staff cars. In addition, there are hundreds of rescue and back-up vehicles. The Fleet Services team is in charge of the maintenance and repair of all vehicles in all 221 fire stations in New York City, and all work takes place at the FDNY Repair Center in Queens. HAIX® got exclusive access into the huge workshop to get a first-hand look at the facility that is keeping the nation’s largest fire department in service.
MABAS is an organization that jumps into action in the event of a major incident where the local fire department would be unable to cope on its own. The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System coordinates the response to large fires, train accidents, hazardous material incidents, airplane crashes, earthquakes and other emergencies with large numbers of causalities, providing intelligent and effective standardized rescue methods. It can mobilize 38,000 of the 40,000 firefighters in Illinois, and also assists fire departments in Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin, while also providing equipment. The system is funded by its member organizations and no one is charged for its services. MABAS Plans Chief Tom Lovejoy gave us a first-hand look at their facility.
Near the Triboro Bridge in New York City, where the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx meet, FDNY has a 66-acre site known among firefighters as "The Rock". There on Randall’s Island, the department runs its Fire Academy where aspiring and experienced firefighters from each of the districts hone their rescue skills. The training is seen as one of the toughest courses in the world. And, that is why they call it "The Rock!"
Our guide, Rajendra, began to furrow his brow for the first time as we finally arrived at our destination. He expressed worry that the Thorong La Pass could be cut off if the thunderstorms we'd been pushing through turned into snow. We had planned to cross it on the ninth day of our Annapurna trek in Nepal. If the rain did in fact turn to snow, there would be no alternative but to turn around and go back the way we came.
Our four-part series on FDNY continues as we take an in-depth look at some of the unique divisions of the world’s most famous Fire Department. In series one, we focused on the legendary team from Rescue 1 in Manhattan, which responded to the 9/11 attacks. For series two, HAIX® got up close and personal with the team at Rescue 5 on Staten Island.
Safety, Family, Integrity, Quality and Positivity… these are the core values at the heart of North American Training Solutions (NATS). These values are why HAIX® is proud of its partnership with the world’s largest team of certified, expert instructors who provide superior tree industry related training and education. NATS specializes in practical training, educational seminars and certification for arborists and other high angle industries.
New York is known as the city that never sleeps, and no one knows this better than the more than 11,000 firefighters of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Seconds after an explosion, dark smoke rose from a narrow brick building on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan’s trendy East Village. Four houses were on fire and one building had already collapsed. It was later revealed that the explosion was caused by work on the water and gas mains. The first fire engine arrived on the scene, followed by ambulances and police cars.
There is a new sense of optimism in Detroit as the city starts to recover from hardships in recent years. Fire stations were being shut down and firefighters were forced to use poor gear, but now the city is investing money again. Rescue and emergency services is high on the list of government priorities and impressive progress is being made. Mike Nevin, the President of the Detroit Firefighter Association, believes HAIX® is the number one option to keep his colleagues safe on the job and he is excited they will be outfitted in HAIX® boots in the future.
Did you know that HAIX® has its own retail stores in Germany? In fact, there are now three shops throughout the country that are solely dedicated to selling HAIX® footwear, clothing and accessories. Last month, our newest and biggest store yet opened its doors to customers for the first time! The Grand Opening of HAIX® World went off with a flurry of excitement! More than 8,000 HAIX fans from around Germany and Europe came out to the new location to check out the large-scale festivities!
Hockey fans converged on Madison Square Garden in late March for the 46th Annual FDNY/NYPD Charity Hockey Game. Those lucky enough to get tickets saw the puck drop just before noon in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 18,000, as New York’s Bravest (FDNY) in the white jerseys, and New York’s Finest (NYPD) in blue, went head to head.
The wildfires in California have cost may people their homes and some even their lives over the past several years. One of those homes was the retirement community of former police officer and HAIX® consultant Jim Gerien and his wife. Their son, Scott, describes the situation of his parents after the dramatic evacuation...
Our new Instagram shoppable experience is now up and running! This service offers users the convenience of exploring products and purchasing items right from our Instagram gallery while socializing with other customers. These pictures show the boots in use, including challenges customers are tackling in their HAIX® footwear. All you have to do is click on a photo of a boot you like. Once you click on the product, you will be directed to an online shopping page where you can learn more about the features of our boots and even make a purchase.
Last year HAIX® processed about 394,000 square meters of leather. This is approximately the size of 56 soccer fields! Tied together, the shoelaces for our shoes would stretch between New York and San Francisco! HAIX® produces approximately 6,000 pairs of boots each day (about 1.2 million pair per year!) Click to learn more...
We are excited to announce the addition of the Black Eagle® Tactical 2.0 GTX High Side Zip, fully manufactured and designed by HAIX® in Europe. The Black Eagle® Tactical 2.0 GTX High Side Zip is built with trail running technology so they are perfect for running down a suspect or for just taking a walk in the park.
Did you know we have several how-to videos and product features on the HAIX® North America YouTube page? One of our most popular videos is how to lace, replace and adjust the HAIX® Fast Lacing Fit System on our EMS/Station zipper boots including the Airpower® XR1, Airpower® XR2, and the Airpower® R2. You can check out our easy step-by-step instructional video, as well as others, on the HAIX® North America YouTube page.
NATS Instructor, Conservationist and Thrill Seeker Johnny Korthuis (@johnnykorthuis) recently traveled to the Canadian Rockies as part of The Nature Conservancy. Johnny and his team climbed to the top of healthy white bark pine trees, caging their pine cones with screens to protect them from being eaten by passing wildlife. This allows the cones to reach maturity, when their seeds can be harvested and later replanted. The white bark pine is an endangered species, and the population has dropped significantly in recent years.
Progress is being made on the construction site for the new HAIX® WORLD in Mainburg, Germany! Apart from shopping in the store area, fans of the HAIX® brand will soon have the option to visit HAIX® WORLD and to watch how HAIX® boots are produced.
Congratulations to Ptl. Travis Goodson of the Albany (GA) Police Department for being named the POLICE Magazine’s HAIX® Hero of the Month for July! Goodson was nominated by his supervisor who says, “Ptl. Travis Goodson is very passionate about the City of Albany becoming one community." Goodson has organized and coordinated a number of community initiatives during his four years on the force.
As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be K9 handler. After graduating high school, I was offered a job at the local fire department as a firefighter/EMT, which is how I first learned about HAIX.
HAIX® has selected three tactical law enforcement teams for its Police Magazine wear test. The selected teams are: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania SERT, San Francisco SWAT, and Seattle SWAT.
Several of our safety toe boots have high-voltage resistance in accordance with ASTM F 2413-2011 and CAN/CSA Z 195-2014 to protect your feet from shocks.
During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
Specialized missions, like technical rescue, call for specialized gear. HAIX® is here to get you deployment ready with footwear you can count on to keep you safe, protected, and comfortable during the most extreme conditions.
The durably waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® liner used in many of our boot models keeps feet dry and provides optimized climate comfort for all seasons.
Our EMS zipper boots including the Airpower® XR1, Airpower® XR2, Airpower® R2, and the Airpower® R8 are some of our most popular boots. Here are few things to keep in mind when lacing your boots...
Did you know that shoes have been around for as long as recorded history? While they likely began as wrappings, they became more fitted and more substantial as time went on.
The uniquely designed Vibram® rubber sole provides extra grip and slip resistance for long-lasting durability on even the toughest terrain.
HAIX® is looking for SWAT officers to wear test its line of tactical boots. Applicants must be active SWAT team officers from a police department.