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Airpower R2, Factory Second

Double Duty Boots for Paramedics and Firefighters A majority of your time as a firefighter or paramedic will be spent wearing station boots. So it only makes sense to invest in the right kind of men's EMS steel toe boots that can be worn in both the firehouse and on emergency calls. With the right boot, any undertaking becomes easier. With HAIX® Factory Seconds Airpower® R2 steel toe EMS boots, your feet are not only kept comfortable but also protected from the many potential hazards encountered on the job. Polishable Leather and Reflective Back Heel and Zipper The Airpower R2 offers a smooth leather polishable toe since some departments make that a requirement in their station boots. When a polishable toe is needed, HAIX® Airpower R2 is just the boot for you. We also added a few areas of reflective material on the back heel and along the zipper, for better visibility while on emergency calls at night. Protective Toe and Built-in Arch Support Because an extra roomy steel toe is built into the HAIX® Airpower R2 boots, your toes get plenty of room to move around while still being protected from impact blows and compression. All without pinching or cramping your foot. The built-in arch support helps you maintain comfort throughout the day even after you've been standing for long periods of time. The right support not only prevents foot pain but also potential foot problems in the future. And with the laced in zipper system, you can achieve a more personal fit by adjusting the lacing how you like but still take it off quickly and easily after a long hard day. CROSSTECH® Protected with Arch Support System and Steel Puncture Plate European leather craftsmanship is evident in these steel toe EMS boots which ensures longer lasting durability. The specially developed rubber sole with its slip-resistant, heat resistant, oil, and fuel resistant and antistatic features ensures that you are able to move freely on the job without any worries. Since HAIX® soles are also non-marking, you leave no hard to remove scuff marks on your clean floors. With a steel puncture plate embedded into the shoe, you get the best puncture resistance there is. The even better part? You won't even know that it's there.  The HAIX® Airpower R2 is waterproof and breathable and has added protection against chemicals and bloodborne pathogens with its CROSSTECH® inner liner. And because it works together with the HAIX® Climate System, your feet are guaranteed to stay comfortable and dry no matter what temperature is. The HAIX® climate system allows the air in your boots to circulate, since the movement of your feet when walking, literally pumps warm and moist air out of the inside of your shoes. It's an amazing feature that protects you from the little nuisances that keep you from performing your job. Secura Liner® and HAIX® Sun Reflect Leather Protected The HAIX® Secura Liner® feature guarantees that your inner liner will never pull out or wrinkle up over time. There is nothing worse than walking around all day feeling an uncomfortable ridge where the liner has bunched up. HAIX® Sun Reflect leather also makes sure that your feet are kept cooler even when under direct sunlight. HAIX® Lacing System NFPA Certified for EMS The patented lacing system of the HAIX® lets you adjust the tightness of your boot depending on what is comfortable for you and it won’t loosen after only a few minutes of pressure. This ensures that you never have to worry about retying your boot while in the middle of saving lives on the job.  At the end of the day, you can easily take off the R2 boots in a few seconds through the front zipper and pull tab. Because after a long and hard day at work, the last thing you'll want to deal with are shoe laces. The HAIX Airpower R2 is also HAIX Airpower R2 boots are NFPA Certified for EMS which means it was specially designed to withstand and protect you from what you may encounter during emergency medical situations. Engineered in Germany NFPA Certified for EMS Secura Liner ® – will never wrinkle up or pull out over time CROSSTECH ® inner liner, waterproof, breathable, bacteria, chemical, and bloodborne pathogen resistant HAIX ® Sun Reflect leather keeps feet cooler in direct sunlight HAIX ® Arch Support System supports your foot in its natural, ideal position HAIX ® Climate System for temperature balance HAIX ® Lacing System offers the entry and exit of a zipper boot with the personal fit of a lace up boot Steel protective toe cap Steel puncture protective sole Heat resistant rubber sole Learn more about HAIX® footwear technology. HAIX® offers an Extended Wear Program, click here for more details.

Airpower R2, Factory Second

Men's model


You save lives. We make sure you stay safe with your certified NFPA Airpower® R2.



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Maximum safety for first responders

You focus on what matters: Saving lives. Your Airpower® R2 ensures you come home safely at the end of every day.

Maximum protection certified for EMS

Your health is priority. The Airpower R2 offers all-around protection for your feet, because it is puncture resistant, protects your toes, and protects you from some of the dangerous fluids you come in contact with on the job. It is a certified EMS boot ready for service.

Protect your toes with our steel toe cap

When safety toe boots are a requirement, but so is a polishable toe, the Airpower R2 is the perfect choice. The built in steel toe will offer maximum space in the toe box while keeping your toes protected to the highest safety requirements. Polish the leather toe to meet even the strictest uniform requirement.

Keep yourself safe from dangerous fluids thanks to CROSSTECH® technology

Your job can expose you to hazardous situations. The CROSSTECH® technology in the Airpower R2's inner lining ensures your boots are waterproof while also protecting you from potentially dangerous fluids such as blood, bodily fluids, and chemicals. Your feet stay dry, and you stay safe.

Keep your footing with HAIX® protective sole

With the Airpower R2 extremely slip resistant sole, you can walk and run with confidence. The integrated safety sole won't melt on hot pavement and won't disintegrate from oil, fuels and chemical exposures at accident scenes. As an added feature, the sole is EH rated as well.

Comfort to endure the longest hours

You spend long hours on your feet. We make sure it doesn't feel like it.

Comfort fit with HAIX® cushioned insole

HAIX insoles keep your feet and your boots fresher and more comfortable on the job. Our insoles absorb perspiration to keep your feet dry even under the most rigorous conditions. Added cushioning provides extra comfort. The microfiber design is lightweight, breathable and machine washable. Replace occasionally to keep your boots fresh and comfortable.

Extra support for your feet with the HAIX® Arch Support System

You can perform your job duties better and with more stability with the Airpower R2. The built in arch support relieves stress on your feet by distributing weight more evenly. Walk without pain, improve your general well being, and increase your ability to perform without the distraction of foot and leg pain.

Quick in and out zipper lacing system

When seconds matter, you can rely on the zipper lacing system in our Airpower R2 to give you a more personalized fit while ensuring you can rush out to the next call without the hassle of lacing up. When your boots arrive, adjust the lacing for a personalized fit just for you. Then enjoy that fit every time, every day. Slip on, zip up, and go.

Breathable comfort with HAIX® Climate System

The Airpower R2 ensures your feet stay dry and comfortable by utilizing special foams that absorb moisture from your feet between the inner lining and the leather. With each step, moist air is expelled, and fresh air enters through the vent holes at the top of the boot. This Climate System functions like an air conditioning system for your feet.

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Hard facts inside and out

HAIX Airpower R2, Factory Second

Item no. 605109

Chemical/bloodborne pathogen protection
Certified for EMS
Climate system
Built In arch support
Puncture Protective Sole
Heat resistant sole
Washable & Exchangeable Insole
Steel Toe
Polishable Leather Toe
Upper material:
Smooth leather
Boot height in inches:
8 inches
Inner liner:
ASTM F 2413, CAN/CSA-Z195, NFPA 1999
Safety toe:
Lace up, Zipper
Product type:
Factory seconds
Primary use:
Composite ladder shank
Puncture protection:

Your questions. Our honest answers.

Yes, you can buy replacement parts for the Airpower R2 such as insoles, laces, and zippers. You can find these items on our website on the accessories page. If you are looking to retread or refurbish your Airpower R2 boots, check out the HAIX Extended Wear program page.
Yes, your boot fit can be adjusted on the Airpower R2 by tightening or loosening the laces on either side of the zipper mechanisim. For a slightly more individualized fit, boots can be adjusted with an alternate insole. A blue insole for a narrower fit (thickest), a yellow insole for a wider fit (thinnest). Extra insoles can be purchased on the accessories page.
Yes, the front lacing zipper system of the Airpower R2 allows the individual user to adjust the fit to their own personal needs, offering more ankle support as needed, or possibly offering a looser fit in the lower leg for larger calves. Boots should be adjusted to your preference when they are received, then just zip in or out from then on. A second adjustment to the lacing may be needed after the boots have gone through their initial break in period.
The Airpower® XR2 and Airpower® R2 are certified to NFPA 1999 for emergency medical operations while the Airpower® XR1 is certified to both NFPA 1999 and NFPA 1977 for Wildland Firefighting.The Airpower® XR2 and Airpower R2 are both 8" in height while the Airpower® XR1 is 9" in height. Both the Airpower® XR1 and XR2 are composite toe with non-metallic puncture plates while the Airpower® R2 has a steel toe and steel puncture plate. The Airpower® R2 differs from the other 2 models in that it has a leather toe that is polishable. Since the Airpower® XR2 and XR1 are so similar, the Airpower® XR1 has a red NFPA 1977 label on the left boot.
With the CROSSTECH inner liner, the Airpower R2 does offer protection from liquids, chemicals, and bloodborne pathogens. The boots are tested and certified according to NFPA 1999 standards for biopenetration.
The Airpower R2 runs similar in size to your athletic shoe size, but because of the built in arch support, they do run on the narrow side. The Airpower R2 comes in medium, wide, and extra wide widths. It is recommended that you order one width larger than your usual width. For example, most people who normally wear a medium, would wear a wide in this boot.

Best boots I've had in a long time

I've only had my Haix for a little over a 2 weeks now and I don't think I'll ever wear another brand boot again. There is absolutely no break in time needed usually with new boots my feet hurt for the first few weeks not with these I work a 14 hour shift and I'm on the run most of the time from the time I start shift till the end my feet feel great. I'm thinking about getting a pair of Haix to replace the boots in my bunker gear.

James Thompson



We’re these supposed to be factory seconds?! Because they’re amazing!!! The break in was extremely short! (Two days maybe?) They’re re the most comfortable boots ever! Whether I’m killing it with constant IFTs, Fire standbys or rigorous scene calls, these puppies don’t hurt my feet one bit. 10/10 will continue recommending!



Factory seconds, blemish undetectable

Recently received these boots. They fit well and I can't find any blemishes or problems with them. Exactly what I wanted.



Great Boot

As my experience in the past has been with Haix, this purchase has been a wise one. 10/10 would purchase again. Great fit, comfort, and price.

Justin R.


Best shoes I've ever had

bought as factory second but couldn't tell what part of it very durable and comfortable

Su B.


HAIX Airpower R2, FS review

Great long lasting boot and very comfortable (My first pair has lasted 10 years in the Fire and EMS service).
I'm looking forward to another 10 years of service with these boots.

Chris E.


My Favorite Boots!!

I bought these for my son for his birthday. These were his second pair of haix factory seconds. The first pair lasted him 5 years of frequent wear and only got messed up from working on a farm - these are definitely not farm use boots but they are everything else use boots. I have worn them for EMS work for about 10 years and I can tell you that they're the most comfortable, form fitting ankle supporting boot I've ever worn. My adult son feels the same way. He also said that he got several compliments on the appearance of the boots. These boots don't even have a break in period. They are comfortable from day one. They require occasional tightening of the laces to stay supportive but they are otherwise maintenance free. We also love the fact that they stay water proof forever and I stand in 6 inches of water sometimes. I had one pair for work that the sole separated in just a few months so we sent them back and got a new pair for free and never had another issue. I'm rough so I always buy the style with the toe cap. Haix is the best bang for your buck hands down!!!!



Impressive Boots!

I was excited to order and receive my new R2 boots. I received them in just three days and started to wear them right out of the box. I work 24 on 48 hours off as a Captain for a very busy Fire Dept. After just two shifts they were fully broke in! I'm very happy with the boots. They are true to size and I would recommend them to any of my firefighters.

Tom L.


Great shoes

Very comfortable shoes. A bit heavier than my last pair, but I love them. They look great and easy to clean.

Jonel S.


Great boot

I purchased this boot for work, I have been wearing them and they fit great. It did not take long to break in. I would recommend these boots to anyone looking for station boots.

Joseph W.


Good Fit

This is the second pair I purchased. It was tight and took about a week to fully adjust as I also have a larger than normal insole. They were initially had a leather click / squeak that went away after some time of wearing them. My first pair was size 13 wore them a long time. Then the local FD purchased ones and did have a fit test boot that brought the size to 12 which is my normal. I would purchase them again. Quick on and snug fit without foot problems.

Steven Vanden B.


Ken is an idiot

Ken, you wrote a negative review of a boot that YOU knowingly ordered in the incorrect size? Haix boots are stellar and a negative review based on a mistake you made is not a valid review. I have two pairs of Factory Seconds boots from Haix and I have yet to find any defects. Try your actual size next time. Cry baby.



Wasn't the right fit

I ordered these boots 1/2 size larger than I usually wear because they were the only size available. Unfortunately they were not the right fit and caused chaffing on my heels after a few minutes of initially wearing them. Haix was very easy to work with making a return and getting a quick refund. I would do businesses with them again but only when they have my boot in the proper size.


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