Picked up a pair of these Hiax boots,Any one use these for hunting and are they any good(waterproof etc).Thanks
Watetproof yes, comfortable yes, ancle support not great though as they are designed for running in the field.
Iv tried about five pairs of different branded boots from Cabelas.They all eventually leaked.Last pair were irish setter and again left in water.Mentioned to a friend that i was going to buy a pair of meindl boots and he said he had these sitting in his shed and to try them.Hopefully the Hiax will keep my feet dry.
I've worm them in Wicklow hills, Cavan and Leitrim hills. Dry as a cork.
Sole is very soft so road walking wears them out quick.
They are nice and warm too.
I wear them with gaitors.
i wear them too at times with gaitors often crossed dikes with them and bone dry good job!!
The proper military issue are different to the civi version, there a heavy but good boot if looked after.
Its the military ones that iv got.Looking forward to trying them out Sat morning(Deer stalking)
i wear them had them on there 2weeks ago when out foxing with kildarehmr we went through streams and waterlogged fields and they kept me nice and dry and they are high leg so if you stuck a pair of gators on aswell they should be good to go anywhere
it seems they are prized by quite a lot of other armed forces, it seems the irish army being small get good quality kit, as it is more affordable for them than say the uk or us as with large numbers cost has a large bearing on such items.
I can't stand the Haix when out on the ground, find them too heavy and there is very little give around the ankle and further up the shins, which for me leads to a lot of discomfort, especially walking up any gradient. But as far as being waterproof, 2 nights out in the Glen this time last year in the rain and I never got my feet wet. And they are warm too.
Meindls or Lowes are meant to be great and far superior to the Haix so I hear.
But then again other people like them! Whatever your comfortable with I suppose!
id take a pair of meindls over them anyday,i have a 11yearold pair of meindls that are still in great nick and waterproof even though they get alot of abuse
The haix boot is probably the best all rounder on the market , for a field boot. It is important to remember that when the DF procure boots they need an off the shelf boot that ticks all the boxes for 90%+ of the PDF. The issue of weight is not a great argument because if you wear the boots often enough it becomes a non issue. The weight issue is also dealt with by the light weight barrack boot.
No doubt that mendil, Lowa, hanwag, all produce excellent boots,(I have mendils myself) But for large scale procurements it would be hard to beat haix.
Remember also no one is going to knock boots they went out and bought themselves, especially when they left their haix back in their locker.!
Also look at troops going on the ground not many buy their own boots any more, a far cry from 10 years ago.
My mendils now need re-soleing am I going to get them done ?? Nope because I have haix.
Out this morning in the torrents of rain and feet bone dry.Love these boots.