|Product type||Factory seconds|
|Upper material||Nubuck leather|
|Fastener||2 zone lacing|
|Safety toe||No safety toe|
|Leg height in inches||8 inches|
Hiker Boots for Wildland Firefighting
Looking for an innovative alternative to those traditional logger style wildland fire boots? The HAIX® Missoula is the boot you’ve been looking for.
The Missoula was built especially for the wildland firefighter and hiker. The lighter weight alleviates leg fatigue while on those long hikes, since the less weight you have on your feet, the less energy you have to expend while walking. HAIX® Missoula uses thicker, breathable European leather and minimal seaming to increase stability and also durability of its boots.
Two Zone Lacing
The two zone lacing not only gives you the ability to adjust the boot for a fit tailored just for you, but allows you to achieve the ankle support you need when hiking through rough terrain. It enables you to tighten the boot to the foot and leg area separately so that you get a customized and supportive fit.
Vibram® Rubber Soles and Nomex Protected
The uniquely designed Vibram® rubber sole offers a stable non-slip sole edge so you can keep your footing even when on slick terrain. The Missoula cement sole construction is heat rated to 573°F so you won’t experience sole melt or delamination when conditions start to heat up. Stitching and lacing are all made of heat and flame resistant Nomex® which protects more than three million firefighters worldwide.
Secura Liner® Protected and Superior Heel Grip
The inner liner and upper leather are firmly secured and lasted beneath the sole. with Secura Liner® your inner liner will never pull out or wrinkle over time.
It also has specially designed heels that allow for superior grip even when walking on steep or uneven terrain. The midsole also prevents instability during hiking.
Cushioned and Quick Change Insoles
The comfort cushion insoles protect your feet from pain and provide long-lasting comfort allowing you to serve on duty even for long periods. And with its excellent moisture absorption and quick drying capabilities, you’ll never feel uncomfortable moisture in your boots.
HAIX® Climate System
The Missoula’s built in Climate System let's your feet maintain balance in temperature by keeping your feet warm in cool temperatures and keeping them cool in warm temperatures. The “bellows” effect in this system keeps air circulating with every step a firefighter makes. It helps keep your feet dry from sweat for longer periods making them one of the most comfortable boots you will wear while in line of duty.
Dual Purpose Boots
The HAIX® Missoula is not suitable for HAZMAT but it is a dual purpose boot that can be worn for wildland firefighting or for hiking. Whichever of the two may it be, the Missoula is guaranteed to provide you the support, comfort, and durability needed to fulfill such events or activities.
- Engineered in Germany
- Make the change from tradition, and choose HAIX® Missoula.
- Secura Liner® – will never wrinkle up or pull out over time
- HAIX® Climate System for temperature balance
- HAIX® 2-Zone Lacing - Ankle lace lock allows independent lace adjustment between the upper and lower boot
- Sturdy Vibram® anti-slip heat resistant rubber sole
- Water resistant, breathable leather
Very comfortable but only lasted two summers
I would have given these a ten due to comfort level, but after two short summer work seasons - a grand total of about 6.5 or 7 months - the sole of one boot has separated at the toe a full three inches back. Not sure if they can be fixed or not.
Thank you for your review of the Missoula, FS. We are happy to hear that you found these boots to be comfortable out on the job. We are sorry that the sole of the boot has separated. It definitely depends on the kind of work you do and how many hours a day the boots are being put to work. Unfortunately, those soles are Vibram and cannot be resoled. We hope this will not deter you from ordering another pair and that the overall comfort of our boots will keep you a loyal HAIX customer for years to come.
Crushed top of my foot.
Crushed the top of my foot. Been wearing whites and nicks.Thought I'd try these out. 4 hours into walking I could barely stand. (Before anyone says it,yes, I understand sizing and my size) outside of the crushing of my foot, they grip well, are lighter and breathe very well. My foot just won't fit the boot right, so I must sell them.(factory 2nd's) I'll try again in a few seasons when they've been on the scene awhile longer.
We appreciate you taking the time to review the Missoula, FS. We are sorry to hear that they crushed the top of your foot. We have several other customers who really love this boots and have not had any problems. But every once in a while, we do have someone who just can't fit our boots and this may be the case for you. Other than that, we are glad that you felt that the boots were lightweight, had a solid grip and were breathable. We encourage you to possibly try a different model in the future to see if they work out any better.
Best Boots I Ever Got !
I have no trouble with these boots they feel great,I could run with these boots all day long. Good job on making them the best fire boots that I have.
We appreciate you taking the time to review the Missoula, FS. We are happy to hear that you like the fire boots and that they are the best you have had. Thank you for service and we hope you'll continue to be a loyal HAIX customer in the future.
great boot ! our department has no accepted these as duty wear and they are 10x more comfortable and light than boots like whites and hawthorns.
We appreciate you taking the time to review the Missoula FS. We are happy to hear that your department find them to be comfortable and lightweight. Thank you so much for your service. Stay safe out there!
High quality & extremely durable
I have put these boots through the test . They have been exposed to extreme heat and I have hiked for miles with them and they have held together strong. The comfort level is so high that I bought a second pair for everyday wear. I love them. I put my Nick's hotshots on the shelf because they do not compare. I recommend them for sure.
Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your experience with the Missoula, FS. It's good to know that these boots have held up for you even after being put to the test through extreme heat and long miles. We also appreciate the recommendation especially in comparison to our competitors. Thanks again and stay safe out there!
still breaking in
A bit stiff on the uppers, digs into back of heel. If tied tight, foot falls asleep. have not used on fire yet. Still trying to break them in.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with the Missoula, FS. These boots can take a little longer to break in, due to the thick, full grain
leather used throughout but once they are, I am confident you will find them to be comfortable and functional out on the job. We hope they will serve you well in the years to come.
Great boots with no break in needed.
I was wearing another pair of wildland fire boots, they were heavy and cause numerous blisters. These boots are lighter and have yet to cause a hot spot on my feet, let alone a blister.
We are happy to hear that the Missoula's have served you well so far and that they are comfortable on the job.
Thanks so much for your feedback!
Great boots, right out the box, no break in needed.
Worked several night shifts on the fire lines in Oregon in the Missoula. Excellent fit, no pressure points, excellent stability.
Hiked several mountain trail miles on my days off in the boots, still like the boot.
I have been using this boot for about a year. Used on fire detail in Washington and hiking everyday on the job with the Forest Service. Great boot. Holds up well. Comfortable, comes in wide sizes. If these ever wear out I will purchase again.
Great fit right out of the box.