Carpenter Finds Comfort and Safety In Timberland PRO Series Boots
As a carpenter I’m on my feet, on my knees, or up on a ladder for most of my day. I’m only sitting while I’m driving to the lumber yard to pick up more stock or additional material to deal with a hidden problem on a job-site. So good quality, comfortable, safe footwear is important for me so that I can stay both productive and safe.
When it comes to selecting a boot, I’m as particular about what I buy for my feet as I am for what I buy for my toolbox, not just ANY brand ensures the professional performance I need. One company that I trust is Timberland PRO, so given the opportunity to review a pair of their boots, I was more than willing to step up and step in.
Out of the Box
Right out of the box I notice a bright red patch on the sole that tells me this is a professional grade product. The Vibram name (outsole) holds up to its reputation, trusted by Military and Law Enforcement personnel for years, after several weeks these boots are already meeting my needs.
Some of the additional features include:
- Premium leather upper with waterproof membrane for abrasion resistance and dry feet
- Timberland PRO® rubber “double toe” and Ever-Guard™ leather backstay for increased abrasion resistance and durability
- Alloy safety toe shaped on TiTAN® XL last for lightweight protection and a generous fit
- Lightweight molded EVA midsole for athletic performance
- Mesh lining with Agion® antimicrobial treatment for odor control and comfortable feet
- Thermal plastic urethane (TPU) instep overlays for improved fit and support
- Fiberglass shank for structural support
- Vibram® outsole for durability and traction
- New, dual-density Dynamic Anti-Fatigue Technology absorbs shock and returns energy at key zones of the foot while providing enhanced moisture management for all-day comfort
The XL SafetyToe caught my eye as well, I appreciate the added safety of the protective toe cap and the extra room inside the toe area is surely an improvement. Bending over or being on my knees can cause some toe caps to wedge into the tops of my feet, thankfully the XL cap alleviates that issue.
Finally, out of the box the top two loops jumped out at me. They are an integrated loop AND hook for conventional lacing or quick hooking. Also, the boot includes a second pair of laces of different colors, a nice LITTLE bonus.
The Test Drive
If you order online (like many of us do today), do your due diligence, remember treat this like a new tool, and find out what size will fit you best. Or find a local retailer that carries your sizes and the Timberland PRO Series Hyperion XL Safety Toe Boot and try them on in person, like the good ol days.
After lacing up, I chose to keep the top two loops hooked to make putting on and taking off the boot a little faster, I was impressed by how comfortable the boot felt right out of the box. I’ve worn boots for a week or two before they broke in, but these felt great right away.
The contoured tongue makes these boots really comfortable even after wearing them for hours. It helps prevent the tongue from sliding to one side and getting all bunched up, which is a huge problem with other boots on the market. It really helps the entire ankle area feel far more comfortable and stable.
On the Job-Site
Funny enough the first few hours on the job-site I was on my knees putting a pressure treated nailer on a foundation before we began installing clap boards. The protective toe cap was not uncomfortable while bending, but more importantly it made me appreciate the heavy duty rubber coating on the toe as I dragged my toes through crushed stone, these were build to last.
I don’t make a habit of dropping stuff on my toe, but I do like to scoop my foot under sheet goods and kick them up to boost them on to my shoulder. The alloy cap kept the pressure off my toe and it was nice having the peace of mind that if I did drop a 4′ x 8′ sheet on my foot I had the added protection.
Since it was a beautiful and dry day, which I think we all can appreciate, the opportunity to test the waterproof leather and waterproof membrane didn’t arise so I just splashed some water from my jug to see how the Timberland PRO Series Hyperion XL Safety Toe Boots held up to liquid stress. The boot performed pretty well, granted they’re brand new, but the exterior shed water effectively and didn’t soak into my sock.
After a day on my feet, mostly on stone gravel, they felt great, the boots still felt pretty light at the end of the day, so I guess the “Anti-Fatigue Technology” is pretty effective.
The Timberland PRO Series Hyperion XL Safety Toe Work Boots feature Antimicrobial odor control, which is a complicated way of saying it helps keep your shoes smelling less like your feet, and I’m assuming your feet smell bad.
Other additional features, the boots are rated to meet ANSI and ASTM standards to protect you from electrical hazards on the job-site. I prefer to just stay away from electrical hazards, but for you electricians I guess you have no choice so this OSHA approved boot is probably a good choice.
The Timberland PRO Series Hyperion XL Safety Toe Work Boots overall live up to the Timberland standard and it certainly deserves the PRO label. I’m excited to wear these boots and wear them out, so I can try a new pair of Timberland PRO boots.
Overall the Timberland PRO Series Hyperion XL Safety Toe Work Boots are a definite buy!