13 Sep
2016

Is this Safety Boot still safe? Watch Now

Let's compare and contrast the worn and unworn boots

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1. Damaged Toecap

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Worn

2. Worn Away Sole

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Worn

3. Failed Stitching

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Worn

4. Damaged Hooks

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5. Broken Laces

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6. Broken Sole

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7. Damaged Kick Protector

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8. Damaged Side of Sole

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Worn

That's great but all those things are bound to happen, aren't they?

Not at all, an example of them being designed out is the RF170 Granite

1. Damaged Toecap

How it happens

A lot of wearers in all environments kick things or kneel down, this exposes the front of the boot to various abrasions and scuffs.

The RF170 Granite features a FORCE10® Scuff Cap. It is almost impossible to wear through.

How we can prevent it

2. Worn Away Sole

How it happens

In outdoor environments boots are exposed to different terrains, elements, oils and coarse materials. These wear away at the sole unit, causing the sole to lose its original structure.

The RF170 Granite features a FORCE10® Outsole. Which has an abrasion resistance 86% higher than the European Standard,

How we can prevent it

3. Failed Stitching

How it happens

As with the sole, outdoor environments cause the stitching to be worn away until it fails.

RF170 Granite is designed with limited stitching. Other styles feature R-TEN™ Thread.

How we can prevent it

4. Damaged Hooks

How it happens

Standard hooks can be damaged over time as the material weakens. They can be caught which causes a tripping hazard but can also damage or break them.

By using a loop hook they sit much closer to the boot reducing the chance of them being damaged.

How we can prevent it

5. Broken Laces

How it happens

When the boot is done and undone the laces are subject to abrasion. If they get wet the integrity of the thread can be compromised.

A number of styles feature side zips to reduce the need of adjusting the laces, other styles feature abrasion resistant laces.

How we can prevent it

6. Broken Sole

How it happens

Digging and other activities that cause direct and repeated impact to the sole can cause them to break.

By using the FORCE10® outsole and an IMPACT SHIELD internal digging plate the sole retains maximum structure, reducing the chance of failure.

How we can prevent it

7. Damaged Kick Protector

How it happens

The rubber kick protector can become worn away over time reducing the integrity of the boot at the front.

The FORCE10® sole unit bonds perfectly with the FORCE10® scuff cap, this provides a double thickness and reduces the chance of failure.

How we can prevent it

8. Damaged Side of Sole

How it happens

The sole can be exposed to high temperatures depending on the activity. In extreme circumstances this can result in the sole melting and losing the bond with the upper.

The FORCE10® outsole is tested to both HI and HRO within the EN ISO 20345:2011 standard. This means the upper part is resistant to 250°C and the underside resistant to 300°C on contact.

How we can prevent it

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