Timberland Pro Helix 6-Inch Waterproof Safety Toe Boots

Light, roomy, comfortable, with a safety toe and a durable sole

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Timberland Pro Helix 6-Inch Waterproof Safety Toe Boots



Proper foot wear should be part of every workers personal safety plan. There's the risk of foot injuries caused by falling objects, piercing objects, slipping on oily or wet floors, and electrical shock. As well, standing on your feet all day long can be hard on your legs and your spine, and lead to a host of foot problems, including calluses, corns, ingrown toenails, fallen arches, bunions, fungal infections and arthritis.
 
You might not be able to do much about the flooring you work on, but you have a lot of choice when it comes to the boots you work in.
 
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, 25% of reported disability injuries start with the feet - slips, trips and falls account for 15% while other foot injuries account for 10%.
 
Foot wear suitable for use on a job site or in a work shop should meet performance standards set by the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) or the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). The CSA standards are Z195-02, and the ASTM standards are F2413-05.
 
When shopping for protective foot wear you want to be covered from injuries that may be due to:
 
  • Falling objects - particularly at the toes;
  • Piercing objects - mostly through the sole (metal debris, glass, nails and the like)
  • Burns - as a result of chemical splashes or fires
  • Electrical shocks - from walking over exposed wiring
  • Falls - due to slipping on wet or oily floors
  • Environmental factors - freezing temperatures, excessively heat, wet or humid conditions
Boots made primarily of leather will be very water resistant, highly durable, and provide good foot support, particularly around the ankle. Composite boots, made of leather and synthetic materials like nylon will be more light weight, flexible, breath better, and tend to be less expensive. You'll also find that manufacturers may add waterproofing, insulating, moisture control, and abrasion resistant liners to boots.
 
Toe protectors can be made of a variety of materials. Steel toed boots are heavier, but offer maximum protection. Aluminum is about 1/3 lighter than steel and still meets CSA and ASTM standards. Composite materials have the benefit of being very light, and not tripping metal detectors in work situations where this might be an issue. Some manufacturers provide added protection for the metatarsus - the longer foot bones right behind the toes.
 
The soles of work boots are fairly complex, consisting of a various layers (including footbed, insole, shank, heel wedge, counter, midsole and outsole) that provide the protection, cushioning, and comfort needed to carry you through your work day. Soles can be attached to the body of the boot by the traditional method of stitching, with adhesives, or injection molded. The benefit of stitched soles is that they can be repaired.
 
In the end, the features that will be most important to you depend of the type of work you do, and the environment in which you work.
 
Timberland Pro Helix 6-Inch Waterproof Safety Toe Boots (85594) have a number of features that make them an excellent choice in an all-round work boot, for woodworkers, tradespeople, renovators and avid DIYers.
 
The body of the boot (the upper) is made from triple stitched full-grain leather, which makes the boot very durable, and it's been treated so that liquids bead up on its surface. According to Timberland, as long as the leather has not been breached by cuts, abrasion and the like. the waterproofing process should be permanent. There is also a breathable water-impermeable mesh lining that further waterproofs the boot.
 
All the fabric lining in the boot has been treated with an Agion antimicrobial solution to help reduce the growth of microbes that cause odours. The solution is permanent, and doesn't wear out.
 
The boot features a lightweight ballistic grade aluminum toe, which meets all CSA and ASTM standards. The TiTAN toe incorporates aluminum for lightness with titanium for strength, increasing the plasticity of the toe, so that it's better able to withstand compressive stress caused when objects fall on the tip of the boot.


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Waterproof leather uppers with triple stitching enhances boot durability
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Lightweight ballistic grade aluminum safety toe and a roomier front end make for increased comfort
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Air-textured hollow-core nylon laces stay tied
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The Ladder Lock system helps lock the boot into the groves on standard D-rung ladders
The Helix boot has a boxier front end that allows for a lot of toe wiggle room, which makes this boot very comfortable to wear all day long. Comfort is further enhanced with Timberland's Active Heel Lock Lacing System - straps running in two directions along the back of the heel. This enables you to tighten the boot around your heel for an optimal fit, eliminating friction that can lead to blisters.

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Active Heel Lock Lacing System gives a better fit and eliminates heel blisters
   
The laces are made of air-textured hollow-core nylon. It makes for a more durable lace, and the hollow core results in a lace that flattens as it's knotted, so the knot stays tied longer. The tips of the laces (the aglets) are fused, so they won't crack, split, or slip off, as so often happens with plastic or metal tips. The eyelets (what the laces pass through) are made of metal.


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Slip, oil, heat, and abrasion resistant outsole
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Replaceable insole adds comfort
 
The outsole on the Helix is made of a tough non-marring rubber compound that is slip, oil, heat, and abrasion resistant. It also provides electrical hazard protection - which means the boots provide a safety barrier to protect you from open electrical currents of up to 600 volts. Right in front of the heel are a series of ribs - Timberland's Ladder Lock system. These ribs provide better stability on ladders by locking into the grooves on standard D-rung ladders.

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Anti-Fatigue technology absorbs shocks
        

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Timberland's Anti-Fatigue technology consists of a thick open-cell polyurethane midsole with a series of inverted cones that acts like a shock absorber. On top of this is a replaceable insole, also made of open-cell polyurethane. While the insole can be replaced, it should last the life of the boot.

I like the Timberland Pro Helix boot quite a bit. They're light, roomy, very comfortable, and have the two main safety features that I want - a safety toe and a durable sole.
 
The only minor complaint I have with these boots is that there is no pull tab at the back to facilitate pulling the boots on. Otherwise, these are stellar performers that I highly recommend.
 

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KEY FEATURES:

  • Slip, oil, heat, and abrasion resistant outsole
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight ballistic grade aluminum safety toe
  • Unique heel lock lacing system
  • Anti-fatigue midsole
  • Electrical hazard protection
  • Meets CSA Z195-02 and ASTM  F2413-05 safety standards
  • 30-day comfort guarantee

MANUFACTURER:Timberland
AVAILABLE FROM:Online; Shoe stores nationwide
RETAIL PRICE:$160.00
MODEL #:85594
MADE IN:China
Carl Duguay, November 2011
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