Upcoming: gear review! Plus, bonus eye-candy.

Editor’s note: Yes, I know I’m behind the times. Several other members of the FireEMSBlogs network have beat me to their own reviews of the latest line of Black Diamond fire boot, the X-Boot. However, I would be remiss if I did not take advantage of their extreme generosity in offering me gear to review, and thus I shall shortly be submitting my own writeup for consideration.

I’ve always had trouble with shoes (unrelated: also, talking to women who look like this). I have tremendously flat feet, which are additionally difficult to size due to the fact that they’re also quite wide. For the most part, boots fall into the same tricky category, and have been that way since I first bought a pair of (Galls, I think?) at age 15.

My expectations run high for these boots, as they’re credited to be a lightweight, comfortable, “all-day” sort of boot for the demanding needs of firefighters. Granted, that’s just manufacturer’s marketing copy—but then again, so is this:

These are the BlackDiamond Boot Girls. If you look very closely at these screencaps taken from their promotional video page, you may in fact see a fire boot. Here, I’ll help you out:

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Black Diamond seems to have put a good deal of R&D into the comfort and fit of these boots—above and beyond the necessary NFPA requirements for structural firefighting boots. Finally, a sight for sore feet! I’m excited to see if this new technology can live up to its reputation, and there’s only one way to find out. Starting next week, I’ll be switching these out with my department-issue boots—a different but very well-known brand—for one month. Eight shifts in good ol’ Southeast. We’ll see how they hold up to the myriad of situations that we can subject them to, in both comfort and durability.

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I’ll get back to you in about a month. In the meantime, enjoy more of the Boot Girls/Black Diamond on Facebook, and check out their full line of gear on their website.

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Alex Capece

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stephen miller
St. Baldrick’ Support a Fellow Brother Fighting Pediatric Cancer!
Great job, brethren ... be bald (bold) even off the fire ground.
2014-02-22 09:33:24
John Struve
St. Baldrick’ Support a Fellow Brother Fighting Pediatric Cancer!
As I read all the above I wondered "How does it work?" Are fire personnel asking for pledges from the public to be paid to this charity when the personnel have their heads shaved? The ad above was not clear to me. I will read it again. The charity is certainly a very worthwhile cause.…
2014-02-22 06:20:28
“Social Media Policy”—how does it affect the bloggers? | Raising Ladders
A word of caution for the chronic Facebook addicts.
[…] over three years ago, I penned a post regarding how firefighters and EMS providers were landing themselves in hot water by using various […]
2014-01-07 17:55:57
Jonny Hope
Farewell, brother.
So very well said Brother. Mike was such an awesome guy. Sure am gonna miss him and his stories. Mike touch so many people on and off the job. Mike will continue to live on in so many of us. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute with us about Mike. 
2013-12-04 21:49:48
Scott Jones
Farewell, brother.
A Very toching tribute from a true brother. Thoughts and prayers to his family and his brothers and sisters in DC.  Scott Jones, BC Springfield, MO
2013-12-04 19:38:25

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