Black Diamond Footwear

Here is the long awaited review of the X Boot #0911 Bunker Boot by Black Diamond Footwear.

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Disclaimer: I am reviewing these boots in my capacity as the editor of the Prehospital 12-Lead ECG blog and not in my capacity as a Fire Lieutenant with Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue. I received no financial compensation for writing this review although I did receive an outstanding pair of boots. Black Diamond Footwear had no input in the content of this review.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me say that I love these boots.

I suppose it’s only fair to point out that previously I had never worn anything but the rubber pull-on boots that my department provides. A lot of guys have purchased their own boots over the years and I have thought about it many times but the truth is I simply didn’t know what I was missing.

Maybe I didn’t want to know what I was missing.

I want to thank the good folks at Black Diamond Footwear for their patience because it wasn’t easy finding the right size boot. That’s one drawback of purchasing boots over the internet as opposed to trying them on at a trade show. Fortunately, three was a charm and the 10 wide fit perfectly!

If anyone is curious my shoe size is 10. I wear a 10 M Thorogood Quick Release 6″ Station Boot. When I competed in the Firefighter Combat Challenge I wore a 9 1/2 M Ranger Firewalker. My rubber pull-on NAFECO Knee Boots are a size 9.

So, at long last the 10 wide fit perfectly!

I have been wearing these boots for about two months now. Here’s what I like about them.

  • They’re comfortable!
  • The traction is outstanding
  • They allow more flexibility and dexterity (I feel much safer climbing a ladder)
  • They’re durable
  • They’re easy to put on

There’s only one thing I don’t like about these boots (and I’m sure it’s the price you pay for the added comfort and flexibility).

They’re hard to take off.

Of course, by the time you’re taking them off, you’re back at the fire station and the emergency is over! There’s time to bend over and use both hands to help wiggle your ankle free. Small price to pay for the added comfort and safety these boots provide.

Bottom line: I love these boots and I’ll never go back to rubber pull-on boots.

I have a picture of these boots inserted inside my bunker pants in the “ready position” sitting on the front bumper of my fire engine someplace around here but I’m having trouble locating it on my hard drive. I’ll update this review as soon as it’s located.

In the meantime, here are the boots in the product testing lab at Black Diamond Footwear. I’m thinking about putting in my application.

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