We have just taken delivery of a pair of mid-height desert tan Black Eagle boots from the HAIX Athletic range and plan to take them somewhere arid to test them.
It is safe to say that I am a belt & braces type of guy, or “rice AND chips, Joyce” as Monty from Benidorm would say, so it should be no surprise that I take a spare pair of boots with me when travelling overseas on assignment. On an exercise in Latvia last winter I witnessed the difficulties an Italian journalist had after the sole fell off one of his trekking boots when he only had a pair of smart dress shoes to fall back on for a demo on soggy rough terrain next morning, and would not wish to suffer likewise through being unprepared for all eventualities.
On my forthcoming trip to the Middle East I plan on testing one of the new UK-issue Desert Combat High Liability brown boot models in realistic conditions but for air travel and back-up, and to give my feet a break during two weeks in the heat, I will also be taking this ultra-lightweight mid-height desert boot from HAIX. I already have an earlier pair of Black Eagle Athletic mid-height desert tan boots, one of the first models to use the new Gore-Tex linings, but with this Version 2.0 model I have deliberately opted for non-membrane construction; I will go into the with/without Gore-Tex discussion during the full review and will also discuss the other differences between this and the earlier version.