When I was initially contacted with the opportunity to wear test a pair of Blauer tactical boots I was skeptical.
Blauer makes boots?
Blauer makes boots with no laces?
Blauer makes boots with no laces and no side zipper???
I wondered if they would be as comfortable as my current boots. I wondered if the whole lacing system would be awkward. This was a new venture for Blauer, would they get it right? I work as a Paramedic on a busy truck on shifts that range from 8 to 14 hours or longer every day. I need good solid and comfortable boots on my feet or I become a cranky girl. That all being said, I was honored that they asked me, and I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when UPS dropped them off.
The boots that I picked to test were the Blauer Blitz 8″ Waterproof Tactical Boots. My first impression was that they look sharp.
The boots are leather and suede and more importantly waterproof. I didn’t stick them in a bucket of water or spray them down with a hose for ten minutes like Ambulance Driver did, but I did go stomp in several mud puddles and waded through a small lake that formed behind my station one day to verify that they were indeed waterproof. No one likes a wet boot. You won’t get trench foot with these! There is a gel heel cushion to make them comfortable right out of the box, and they truly were. I didn’t feel like there was a period where I had to break them in. And thanks to an antibacterial lining my feet aren’t smelling so absolutely horrendous at the end of a 14-hour day.
The BOA lacing system that replaced the traditional laces consists of braided stainless steel cable that only Chuck Norris could break and a dial on the tongue of the boot that you twist to adjust the fit of the boot. To remove the boot or loosen the fit you just pop the dial out and pull the tongue of the boot forward. I can honestly say that I can get in and out of these boots even faster than my previous pair with laces and a side zipper. Another thing that I love about these boots is that I can set the tension in the lacing system to exactly where I want it and it stays like that until I take the boots off. I don’t have to tighten my boots two or three times a shift now. That side zipper that I love so much? I have a confession to make. I’ve burned through four sets of boots in the last eight years because I’ve broken the zippers on them.
So honestly, what do I think of the boots?
Let me put it to you this way. My Magnum boots, as much as I love them, have been given to a partner at work and I’m wearing the Blauers. Ultimately, these boots are VERY comfortable and that makes them worth their weight in gold to me. I don’t have the best back – I don’t ache as much at the end of the day when I’m wearing these. They’re a little pricier than my Magnums were, but the comfort and fit make them well worth the price tag and then some.
Blauer, you have a new fan in me. You knocked this one out of the park. Two thumbs up!