FUNCTIONAL footwear manufacturer Haix has launched a new pair of boots specifically designed for the forestry and arboricultural worker.

The new Protector Forest 2.0 boot is described as featuring the same Class 2 cut protection as the original version, protecting wearers operating chainsaws and cutting tools up to 24 m/s, while the anatomically designed protective toe cap provides added protection from stubs and falling object hazards.

The VIBRAM/PU sole is said to provide confident grip and traction in slippery underfoot environments, while ensuring excellent impact absorption and correct toe-to-heel movement.

The Protector Forest 2.0 also includes a Gore-Tex Performance inner lining which is waterproof, abrasion proof and highly breathable.

The Haix 2-zone lacing system enables separate adjustment of the fit around both foot and calf, allowing the wearer to adjust the boot to provide a personalised best fit.

The Haix Climate System uses the pumping movement of the wearer’s steps to permit air circulation through vents at the top of the boot, while the addition of a full rubber rand around the boot is said to offer greater protection and durability.

The updated red/fluorescent yellow colour scheme is intended to keep wearers easily noticed and safe in poor-visibility environments like dense underbrush or low-light forests.

“Our forestry and arborist wearers really put Haix boots through their paces, and it’s their feedback we turned to when evolving the Protector Forest 2.0,” explained Simon Ash, Haix UK sales manager.

“We’ve worked hard to increase levels of comfort, protection and durability while maintaining the features that wearers relied on from the original version. By using smart materials and enhanced design and manufacturing processes, we’ve made sure that the Protector Forest 2.0 will provide wearers with high levels of comfort and safety, not just this year, but for many years to come.”

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