|Product type||Factory firsts|
|Certification||ASTM F 2413-2011, CAN/CSA-Z195-2009|
|Upper material||Nubuck leather|
|Fastener||2 zone lacing|
|Safety toe||Steel toe|
|Leg height in inches||9 inches|
Chainsaw work is never a safe task and with it comes the responsibility of ensuring your safety from any harm. When you’re in forestry, you’ll be working with your hands most of the time but you’ll be needing your feet for stability. Without stability, you are prone to accidents, cuts, and even falling. Something you want to avoid as much as possible when you’re on duty. What comes to the rescue is the HAIX® Protector Prime which is a boot designed to give you long lasting comfort while providing you with the protection you need.
Comfort, Safety and Added Visibility
It’s an understanding that the more protective a pair of chainsaw boots is, the bulkier and uncomfortable it can be. Not with the HAIX® Protector Prime Orange. These HAIX® chainsaw boots are as comfortable as can be so you can use it no matter what season or time of day. And with its bright orange hue, visibility is not a problem. Working at night and being effective with your chainsaw is still made possible thanks to these boots. It also features European Class 2 (24m/s) cut protection. Something you want to ensure when you’re working with dangerous heavy tools like chainsaws!
European Cut Protection with Secura Liner® and Two Zone Lacing
European leather craftsmanship is evident when looking at these boots in person. The inner lining of these HAIX® chainsaw boots is secured by Secura Liner® which means that this footwear won’t pull out or wrinkle over time. The added bonus of the two zone lacing makes it easy for you to put on your waterproof HAIX footwear without any fuss. You can adjust the lacing accordingly so it fits your foot snugly and the lace won’t loosen up even after hours of tension.
Vibram Soles with Ankle Protection
The HAIX Protector Prime makes for the perfect forestry boot for its unbeatable ankle support and protection which helps to prevent injuries. The last thing you want to have is an accident that prevents you from reporting for duty. The sturdy and protective Vibram hiking sole provides long lasting durability and is grip and slip resistant so you remain stable even on the toughest terrain.
HAIX® Climate System with GORE-TEX® Inner Liner
The built in climate system of the HAIX Protector Prime keeps your feet at a balanced temperature at all times whether it’s hot or cold. It keeps your feet warm during cold seasons and cool during hot seasons. The vent holes on top of the forestry boot allows air to circulate inside so the temperature inside is always regulated. And with the 4-layer GORE-TEX® inner liner, your shoes are made to be waterproof, and breathable. Now that’s a boot you can rely on all year!
Rubber Toe and Heel Protection and Quick Drying Capabilities
The HAIX® Protector Prime Orange is protected by an anatomically formed steel protective toe cap certified to ASTM for toe protection. Additional rubber bumpers at the heel and toe area provides an extra layer of protection allowing for a prolonged service life. And because it’s unavoidable not to get hot and sweaty after a long day on a job site, you’ll need to refresh the moisture absorbing insoles every now and then. No need to worry about wearing temporary replacement boots on your next shift. The machine washable and quick drying insole ensures that you have a ready pair of boots to wear the next day.
- Engineered in Germany
- Secura Liner®– never a loose liner
- GORE-TEX® waterproof inner liner
- HAIX® Climate System for temperature balance
- HAIX® 2-Zone Lacing - Ankle lace lock allows independent lace adjustment between the upper and lower boot
- Steel Protective toe cap
- Non-metallic Puncture protective sole
- Para-aramid protection against cuts – European Class 2
- Sturdy Vibram Anti-slip sole for long lasting durability
- Rubber toe and heel protection for prolonged service life
- Waterproof/breathable leather
- Also available in all black
Amazing rugged forestry boots
These are a great investment! I work for a forestry consulting company in northern British Columbia and am in the field every day for 8-12 hours. I've had these boots for exactly a year now and have used them every work day except for the very cold, and deep snow days.
The quality is amazing. The boots are in the same condition as when I unboxed them, only more comfortable. They're really tough, really comfortable, really water proof, as breathable as you can expect from a boot that will last, have great grip (I don't like cork boots, and these offer really good grip in their place), have an awesome lacing system, and look great. They're also great with snow shoes on the not-too-cold days. Your ankles feel extremely supported in any condition, the boot doesn't slip or rub on any climb or descent, and I'm pretty sure my foot would stay intact if I happened to step on a landmine (even if the rest of me disintegrated). They get a bit warm on the really hot days, but if you clean the interior regularly, the feet stay very happy.
I'd say on average these have seen 8-10 on-foot bush kilometers daily for 8 months, in every condition (from nice pine flats, to swampy black spruce areas, to some of the gnarliest, blown-over nightmare timber stands out there). My feet are very happy, the boots are still in better than perfect condition, and I'll be a Haix customer for as long as you guys make these awesome boots. The tread is still impeccable so I can't see them needing resoled for years.
Treat these boots well (clean and treat when required and dry slowly from the inside-out), and I imagine they'll take care of your feet for years.
Wow, thank you for taking the time to give such a glowing review of the Protector Prime Orange. We are so happy to hear that the boots have served you well over the last year. We appreciate your feedback on the quality and comfort of the boots with great grip while on the job. We are also glad to hear that the boots are offering your foot optimal support. We appreciate your comments on the cleaning and maintaining of your boots. We really strive to push that mentality to all our customers. Thanks for your recommendation and your loyalty to the HAIX brand!
True to Fit?
I ordered the same size I normally get in boots. Once I received them, I tried them on only to find they are too big. Unfortunately, I just now spoke with a customer service rep from Haix and they informed me the Protector Primes actually run about a half size too big.
I'm hoping that my blunder in ordering can save people from a frustrating experience like mine. At the time of this writing I can not find any information from Haix about "fit".
Attention Customers: MAKE SURE YOU ORDER A HALF SIZE SMALLER THAN WHAT YOU ACTUALLY WEAR.
Other than actual fit, these boots are very well constructed and I can't wait to get the correct size to start wearing.
Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear that you have such a favorable opinion of the Protector Primes as far as construction. As far as fit, these boots do run a half size bigger than some of our other boots. All our boots are different. Some do run larger while some run true to size. It depends on the boot. We are currently working on getting more sizing information onto our website to better help our customers get the right fit. Again we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and we hope you'll continue to be a loyal HAIX customer in the future.
I ordered the same size I normally get in boots. Once I received them, I tried them on only to find they are too big. Unfortunately, I just now spoke with a customer service rep from Haix and they informed me the Protector Primes actually run about a half size too big. I'm hoping that my blunder in ordering can save people from a frustrating experience like mine. At the time of this writing I can not find any information from Haix about "fit". Attention Customers: MAKE SURE YOU ORDER A HALF SIZE SMALLER THAN WHAT YOU ACTUALLY WEAR. Other than actual fit, these boots are very well constructed and I can't wait to get the correct size to start wearing.
Nice comfortable boots
I bought a pair of these Protector Orange boots about a month ago. They took a couple days to break in. After that they are as comfortable as can be and I sometimes forget I have boots on.
The fit was normal for my normal size. I do wear them with some thick Thor-Lo High Top Ski Boot socks. They seem to handle variety of temperatures pretty well as I worn them in the snow in the 20s F / -0sC and into the 60s F /16+ C with neither cold nor hot feet including plowing snow on my tractor for 2 hours in the open air sitting.
The high top provides excellent support and the Vibram soles are sturdy. I live at a wooded mountain location so the chainsaw safety was important to me. I also wear these quite a lot walking and doing trail maintenance as a volunteer on the Appalachian Trail. I was wearing athletic shoes on the AT but after wearing these high tops, it's easy to walk right over protruding rocks without even looking where one is walking. These are way better then my old heavy Vasque leather hiking boots; although they are a work of art too.
Thank you for taking the time to review the Protector Prime Orange. Those boots do take longer to break-in due to the full-grain leather used throughout. But as you found out, once they are broken in they are comfortable on the job. We are happy to hear that the climate system has kept your feet at a balanced temperature at all times and that you have found that the boots offer excellent support for your ankles and feet. We appreciate your service. Stay safe out there!
Best work boot I've had yet.
I'm a environmental field tech in the north and work anywhere from 60° Lat to above the arctic circle and preform an extremely wide range of jobs. I got these boots because of the wide range of features and certifications required for many work sites im on. When I first got them, they were hella stiff but I just decided to wear them as my daily boots. Now I like them so much I regularly reach for them when I'm just going out to the shop. I recently had to do some field work out in -32°C. I grabbed these and was pleasantly surprised that they were warm enough (I was moving all day) I'm interested to see how warm they are in the summer but they seem ok indoors. They fit like a glove and the soles grip on ice well and stay soft in the cold. I love that I can just pick up a saw and know my boots are good to go. I'll definitely be looking at more Haix boots in the future but I expect these will hold up well. esp with the option to resole. The boots are worth every penny.....(Nickle?) and they replace 3 types of boots I had to have to preform my job. Way cheaper in the end.
Wow! Thank you so much for the glowing review on the Protector Prime Orange. We are very happy to hear that they have been keeping your feet warm and protected while on duty out in the elements. These boots do require a little extra break in time due to the full grain leather used throughout. We are glad to hear that you got your moneys worth out of these boots and we hope they continue to serve you well in the future. Stay safe out there!
So far really impressed. This will be a good logging boot. I still need to really break them in. Have used a low cut style for the last couple of years from Haix and they are great also. Figure it will be some time before I need another pair.
Thanks for your feedback on the Protector Prime Orange. Our boots an take a little longer to break in than others due to the thick, full grain leather used throughout. While this does extend the break in period a bit, it will help ensure a much longer life. We hope they will continue to serve you well in the future.
I've been wearing them for about a month daily. These by far are the best boots I have owned. First off they are comfortable, waterproof, and dirt/debris do not get in.
Best fitting boot ever
After scoring some black USAR boots on eBay, I went straight to the factory site and looked for a boot that would solve some of my daily issues.
1. On construction sites, boot are more and more scrutinized. But toe protection had ALWAYS been uncomfortable and clunky.
- this boot is perfection, the toe protection is not the least bit noticeable.
2. Cut protection is coming, this boot solves it.
3. Comfort and support, the best.
- this boot feels like articulated ski boots you can walk in and your foot is embedded in whipped cream.
4. Quality is unequalled.
Imcant walk anywhere on the job site without someone asking about the unusual orange boots. I wonder how many I have sold? What I tell my associates is the undetectable toe protection... That usually does it for everyone .
I am now ordering black ones for going out boots. Yes, going out on the town, I wear Boots everywhere...,these boots will be worn everywhere.
Thanks for the glowing review! If you are happy, we are happy! While it is very common for our customers to praise the comfort of our boots, I have to admit, I have never heard the term "whipped cream" used as a descriptor. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience as well as provide a little humor... we appreciate it! Stay safe.
P.S. I wear boots everywhere as well :-)
I have one word amazing I've been doing tree work 10 years now between crane work line clearance also line construction I usually eat boots up only get 4 - 6 months out of a pair also have severely flat feet so it's very hard for me to find a durable tough reliable boot so I just want to say thank you and I will be buying another pair if you ever need a field test I'm your guy I'll beat the s*** out of them but anyway thanks for a great boot Doug Lapeer
Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your experience with our Protector Prime. We are happy to hear that they are working out well for you.
Outstanding forestry footwear, amazing Lineman's boot
I am currently in line-school preparing to apprentice as a power line worker. Hesitant to accept the old-fashioned line boot simply because it's "what everyone uses", I began online research to find out what other Utility Workers, linemen and arborists were using. Approximately 8 years ago, it appears that some linemen out of California were starting to use a heavy-duty, mountaineering style boot on the job - for comfort, weight, durability and water resistance. These reviews were my inspiration to find a green-patch (CSA approved), "mountaineering style" boot for my class and into the workforce.
In a nutshell, my criteria was as follows:
-Moutaineering style boot - rigid, durabile, light-weight, comfortable, weather-resistant, steel toe
-Green patch (CSA/ANSI approved)
-Extra stiff midsole for climbing
-Heel for safe placement of climbing spurs
In the past, I've used several different types and brands of safety boots for various applications. My experience derives from employment with the Canadian Forces, residential construction (carpentry), working in various heavy industrial environments, running a homestead (small farm operation), managing personal woodlot (felling trees for firewood, milling for lumber). In the past I've used:
-generic CF issue combat boots (mid 1990's - pre Danner-style)
-STC (CF surplus, hot weather, steel toe and puncture resistant)
Quite naturally, I considered the "lineman" model, if available, in the above-mentioned brands as well as a few of the traditional manufacturers below. While quality was not an issue with the higher-end brands, I was very reluctant to spend $400-500USD on a boot which was not exactly what I wanted. The following were my considerations and observations:
Danner - my "slippers" for the past 5 years. Tried climbing in them and immediately knew comfort would be an issue, even in the short term, as my knees hurt and I could feel my instep twisting under body-weight load.
The usual Mark's Workwear House fair (Dakota, Cat, Terra, JB Goodhue), inexpensive, but generally lacking in quality - small steel shank, more pliable sole, lesser quality, not rebuildable, generally made in China.
Whites - traditional, bespoke - although made in USA, out of my budget and not exactly what I wanted
Viberg - bespoke - way out of my price range for the style and asthetics of the boot
Wesco - traditional - factory seconds are very reasonably priced; heavy leather; possessed none of the extras I wanted (gore-tex, aramid, etc).
Royer - Canadian company - traditional - ugly, ugly, ugly; leather = heavy; only available in black
Canada West Boots - Canadian - traditional - nice two-tone brown; leather=heavy, price point was an issue considering the boots did not meet my criteria.
Meindl - appeared to meet my criteria, exactly what I was looking for, but did not come in my size, a Canadian source was difficult to find. Given the last two barriers, I was not willing to spend
Haix - non-traditional look and composition, Mountaineering boot with steel toe, green patch (CSA/ANSI approved) safety toe, right height, good heel, correct size available, priced right in the middle of my budget, great reviews and photos on Arborsite courtesy of Aldegar, Gore-Tex. These boots met all of my initial criteria.
Naturally, I chose Haix Protector Prime.
Why did I choose?
-right off the bat, I leaned heavily towards Haix based purely on asthetics.
-green patch (CSA/ANSI approved) safety toe
-my size was available (39)
-priced right in the middle of my budget
-great reviews and photos on Arborsite courtesy of Aldegar
At first blush this boot met my criteria in spades. But what followed is what sealed the deal for me - Customer service.
I recently killed my phone and lost all my contacts, but I believe it is Melissa with whom you speak upon first calling Haix. I was hesitant to order, sight unseen, a boot which would be part of my life for hours at a time. However, Haix' customer service has been without equal. She patiently answered all of my questions (and continues to do so when I call), addressed all of my concerns and provided (what proved to be) accurate sizing information (gender, foot width, socks, etc). She was incredibly friendly, competent, knowledgeable and accommodating - she was able to work around Haix' "non-delivery" to Canada in order to get my footwear to me (via my sister-in-law in Chicago).
First impressions? Aldegar's review on Arborsite was spot-on! These boots will blow your mind with comfort!
-Extremely light - noticed this at the post office before I'd even unwrapped the box.
-Love the colour - a different boot deserves a different colour! (also available in black)
-Exceptionally well made - what would I expect from a product engineered in Germany and manufactured in Croatia? Very well glued; no over-glue marks; lovely riveted eyelets; two zone lacing (like my hockey skates); vibram sole with appropriate heel height; did I mention the colour?
-Although green patch not displayed on right boot (per CSA standard) in photo, it is prominently sewn to right boot upper, with corresponding label inside boot
-Solid construction of tongue with hook placed to keep Aramid portion in position
-Aramid fibres throughout vamp, upper and tongue
-4 layers of Gore-tex, for water resistance
-beautifully comfortable footbed - I have worn these boots for the past few weeks, day in and day out, without my orthotics! My foot felt "at home", almost slipper-like, from the first time I wore the boots.
-great fit - right out of the box, immediately impressed with sizing and fit, at Melissa's recommendation, ordered a half size smaller than regular men's shoe size, regular width despite having extremely wide foot (for a female)
-"slightly gummy" (per Aldegar) vibram sole appears softer than previous iterations I've encountered - to my surprise I walked silently through the college - none of the clomping about experienced with previous work boots.
-Tongue is sturdy, well constructed, heavy duty, gusseted, Aramid patch on shin, Aramid fibres throughout vamp and upper.
-round laces, "textured", for better knot-holding capability.
-rubber toe and heel protection provides durability.
-Haix has an outstanding warranty on their boots and they can be rebuilt by Haix.
Second impression - first hike
Right out of the box I took these boots on a short 5km hike in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park over steep and varied terrain. The trail is an excellently marked, well-maintained, forested trail with steep grades, plank bridges, several flights of stairs and a cobblestone beach. During and after the hike, I did not get any blisters, nary a hot spot and not so much as a squeak from the leather. Two-zone lacing fantastic idea - keeps foot firmly planted in footbed, heel in place, accommodates high arches, allows rest of leg (shin and calf) freedom of movement. With my heel firmly locked in place, the rear portion of boot holds my foot while the upper and gusset bend comfortably with no blisters on back of heel. I did re-tensioned the laces at the vamp "level" twice on the hike to accommodate the changes precipitated by a little heat and a little sweat, but the laces held firmly in two-zone clips, and my top knot held with no-retying necessary (i fold my socks over top of boot to secure lace-knot). I was confident in the stability of boot - it felt like my knee would give a million years before my foot/ankle ever would. These boots are rigid and sturdy without being restrictive, uncomfortable and unforgiving.
I have my own wood lot whereby I harvest my own wood for firewood and mill my own lumber. If I were using these boots simply for their intended purpose - as a Forestry boot - I have absolutely no reservations recommending these boots to anyone.
However, I purchased these boots in order to climb poles - as a lineworker boot.
Third impression - first climb - standing, playing, working 2 hours on the pole.
-the footbed was blessedly rigid - shank, midsole, puncture protective and Vibram sole all performed beautifully to provide me with an extraordinarily comfortable platform on which to stand in spurs.
-no backwards (taco-like) flex in the sole. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch.
-no pain in instep.
-incredibly comfortable footbed.
-it felt like like standing on the floor - not 30' up a pole
-all around amazing comfort.
Would I recommend these boots for line work? Although my experience is limited, I have not hesitated already to recommend these boots to anyone in forestry, construction trades, and for everyday wear (if you're into that kind of thing!).
As I get more knowledgable and skilled, I will post a follow up specifically addressing the following:
- Vibram sole performance in winter
- "slightly gummy" vibram sole durability
- Long-term durability - there is a rub mark on inside vamp near ball of foot where my foot rubs the pole. I'm hoping this does not develop into a hole - this is the only area where the boot shows itself as being a forestry rather than lineman's boot.
- Long-term overall durability
I agree whole-heartely with Aldegar's assessment and would go further... to say that these boots are comfortable enough for everyday wear, rigid enough to provide a very stable platform while climbing, light enough to climb all day. They are fantastic and I would buy them again - without hesitation. Everyone one in my class has asked about the boots, and I've been asked a lot of questions by various students at my trades college.
Would love to include photos in review - Haix, can you accommodate photos in the review field in the future?
My only regret?
Not arriving at a decision sooner so that my classmates would have considered Haix Protector Prime before their purchases.
Protector Prime Orange
WOW are these boots fantastic! Just received them and walked around the block to check them out before I put them in service. These will last years. Quality at it's finest. I learned you always get what you pay for and am excited to use them. And I really like the extended wear program, which was a pleasant surprise. The workmanship is truly world class. I will have many friends and co-workers asking where, how and when they can purchase their own boots. Order your own pair and become a believer. The last pair of boots you will ever buy! Thank you.