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From Concept to Finished Firefighter Boots

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As with every HAIX® boot, the development of a firefighter boot requires real teamwork: a collaboration between artisan shoemakers, design experts and quality specialists in an intensive exchange across departments.

And the shoe can only meet HAIX®’s high standards when these work meticulously with the production, sales and marketing departments as well.

Whether they’re in Europe, Northern or South America, Asia or Australia – HAIX® boots are  exposed to extreme situations every day. Inspiration therefore also comes from the wearers themselves, as their feedback flows into development via sales and marketing. 

Firefighter boots: From specification to series production

A so-called ‘requirements specification’ defines what area the new development should be for, what the boot has to be able to do, which technical requirements have to be fulfilled, and much more.

The concept for the boot builds on this before ultimately being given an appealing design.

At first, the developers start with simple hand drawings. This is then used to create a prototype – often initially only of individual parts such as the sole.

The first prototypes are usually a mixture of literal shoemaking and computer-designed parts.

They are put through their paces to see if all requirements are met, and improvements are made on an ongoing basis.

After final approval, the first samples are produced, and then the final production of a new firefighter boot begins.

Highest requirements for hero boots

The DIN standard for firefighter boots places high demands on every component. The goal at HAIX® is always to exceed these.

Every component on a firefighter boot must survive ten seconds of flame treatment without damage or burning.

HAIX® continuously tests materials in its own laboratory during the development phase.

In the so-called ‘sand bath test’, the protective insulation inside the shoe is tested.

A real endurance test: firefighter boots must be able to withstand 250°C for 40 minutes without the sole deforming, and after ten minutes the temperature inside the boot must not exceed 42°C.

In an emergency, firefighters can usually be inside for up to 30 minutes until their breathing apparatus runs out of air.

The standard differs in some instances for overseas use. 

When it comes to design, HAIX® follows the philosophy of ‘nothing without function’ – which means every detail not only sets high standards visually, but also has a purpose.

The additional yellow elements on the firefighter boots, for example, make fellow crew members more visible in smoky buildings.

FIRE EAGLE® 2.0: The world’s fastest firefighting boot

Firefighters want boots that go beyond the standard’s requirements and are as comfortable as possible.

After all, the entire equipment can weigh almost 40 kilograms in use.

When things have to move fast, the new FIRE EAGLE® 2.0 by HAIX® is ready for action in an instant. The new FIRE EAGLE® 2.0 features an updated design and a new, innovative quick-fit fastener system.

With the RapidFit system, HAIX® has developed a new quick-release fastener: The system can be individually adjusted and enables lightning-fast tightening with just one hand movement, critical when a call comes in and every second counts.

The RapidFit system automatically holds the lacing in place after tightening.

No additional tying or tucking is needed.

It can take at least two years, including test phases, to develop a new firefighter boot from the last to the sole and the upper.

Particularly innovative functional elements are sometimes worked on and optimised for longer until they are ready for series production.

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