Testing 12 Brands of Work Boots

In this episode of Project Farm, Todd trains his testing instruments on work boots. The brands he tested were Red Wing, Redback, Steel Blue, Carolina, Rockport, Reebok, Herman Survivors, Larnmern, Dunlop, Black Hammer, Ad Tec, and Brahma. Prices of the boots ranged from $24 to $275.

The boots were tested for dry traction, traction on oil, toe impact resistance, toe crush resistance, sole puncture resistance, leather puncture resistance, high voltage electrical hazard, and boot sole resistance to damage from hot surfaces.

Bottom line? The most expensive boot, the Red Wing ($275), was best overall. But the Reebok, at $111, came in second, and the Black Hammer, at only $40, performed surprisingly well.

The shocker for me was the Carolina boot ($130), a darling among the maker community. It did not fare well on the subjective comfort rating and on wet and dry traction, and puncture resistance, all important functions of a work boot.


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