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Best Chainsaw Boots

All personal protective equipment is important to chainsaw safety, but chainsaw boots have one of the most complex jobs in keeping you safe. Not only do they have to adequately protect your feet from the hazards of chainsaws, but they also need to ensure that you’ve got a firm grip on the ground - or, for tree surgeons, in the tree, adapt to different terrains and surfaces, keep your feet comfortable in varying temperatures, resist impact and withstand bad weather.

We’ve talked in our previous guides about the importance of comfort and nowhere is this more paramount than in your choice of footwear. No matter the type of job, your footwear is going to be a constant, as such a good fit is essential. There’s nothing worse than working in painful footwear, especially when you’ve got to put them back on the following day. But what makes a comfortable boot?

Firstly, the fit. It sounds obvious but the boot needs to fit you properly, especially around your ankles and the heel and toe area, where they are often reinforced. As not only can an incorrect fit cause blisters or fatigue, but if there is friction inside the boot this can cause significant premature wear. Secondly, a good chainsaw boot needs to be weather resistant - there’s nothing more uncomfortable than working for hours in wet boots! Many boots have a waterproof lining, with Gore-Tex offering the ultimate level of waterproofing and breathability.

Chainsaw Safety Boot Legislation

As the boot needs to protect you from some pretty powerful machinery, it needs to be compliant with the correct legislation. Chainsaw safety boots need to meet the EN ISO 20345:2011 standard, with the ability to resist 200 joules impact - the equivalent of 20kg weight dropped 1020mm onto the toes - and a 15KN compression test, which is roughly the equivalent of a whopping 1.5 tonnes resting on the toe area.

You may have noticed that chainsaw safety boots have an extra two or three letter code, alongside the EN standards. These codes define the minimum safety standard that this product meets.

As all chainsaw safety boots need to meet the 200-joule toe cap impact, you need to look out for codes beginning with ‘S.’ However there are other properties such as, penetration resistance, antistatic, insulation and heat resistance, that are marked by further letters.

Summary of Basic Ratings

SB

The safety minimum with an oil resistant outer sole

SBP

Penetration resistance, must resist a penetration force of 1100N

S1

Anti-static properties (A) with energy absorbing heel (E)

S2

Water resistant upper (WRU)

S3

Water and penetration resistant outsole

S4

Constructed from rubber or polymer, is waterproof, with anti-static properties and an energy absorbing heel area

S5

Same as S4, but with penetration resistance and a cleated outsole


For more detailed descriptions of ratings, see here

Top 3 Chainsaw Boots

With all that in mind, what exact chainsaw boot you choose to buy should be dependent on the requirements of the tasks involved in your job, taking into the consideration the factors we’ve mentioned above.

Descriptions of boots can often be quite general, especially when it comes to the soles. WIth buzzwords like “slip resistant” and “grip performance,” used instead of specific descriptions of the conditions in which the sole is most slip resistant. 

After talking to our community, we’ve decided to review three of our more popular boots and look more in-depth at the specifications and advantages of each one.

All of the following boots are EN ISO 20345:2011 compliant.

Best Chainsaw Boot for Comfort

Meindl Airstream Chainsaw Boots

Meindl Airstream Chainsaw Boots

Out of all the boots, the Meindl Airstream consistently topped all the reviews. Designed for maximum comfort and utility, these boots have a Gore Tex waterproof lining, a rubber sole for good slip resistance in wet environments, a shock absorbing sole and a steel toecap with Class 1 chainsaw protection.

Meindl is one of the longest running and more established companies in outdoor equipment. Focusing specifically on manufacturing shoes and boots for walking, hiking and the outdoor workplace, Meindl has over 300 years of innovation behind them, and the credentials to back up an impressive product range.

Breathability

It’s important for your feet to breathe, especially when you’re being active all day. These boots offer a breathability of a whopping 30% more than your average Gore Tex boot. Not only that but the boots are manufactured with an interior pumping action to remove any extra humidity, keeping your feet cool as you work. The Meindl Air Revolution System that makes your feet stay temperature appropriate in all climates.

Easy to Use

We’ve all been familiar at some point with the uncomfortable stage of having to break in chainsaw boots. Fortunately, the day-one comfort of the Airstream has almost entirely removed this issue, with the exclusive Meindl Memory Foam Vacuum System adjusting perfectly to almost any foot shape. The Meindl Airstream also have a soft and pliant tongue that can easily be adjusted, not only for maximum comfort whilst wearing the boots, but also making them quicker and easier to pull on.

Popular Lightweight Chainsaw Boot

Scafell Lite Chainsaw Boots

Scafell Lite Chainsaw Boots

The Scafell Lite has rapidly established itself in the UK market over the past year. Posing some resolute competition to the Meindl Airstream, the Scafell ticks a lot of boxes on an Arborist’s criteria list. A more modern development of the original Scafell model, the Lite marks a step forward in chainsaw boot technology, updating the old boot’s features and adding quite a few more.

The Scafell BreatheDRY system gives the boot good breathability, and a waterproof membrane ensuring that your feet will stay dry whatever the weather. The i-fit system hugs the shape of the foot, and the neoprene gaiter around the top of the boot stretches to fit your ankle, preventing saw dust and debris getting inside your boots.

Lightweight

As you may have gathered by its name, the Scafell Lite is one of the lightest Class 2 boots available right now, making it much more user-friendly for climbing, and especially good for arb work. Class 2 offers higher protection than many other boots for added peace of mind.

Advanced Sole

The technologically advanced sole marks a step forward in the manufacturing of chainsaw boots, the Scafell Lite having three key features working in tandem:

  • A Pierce-Resistant Midsole: the midsole gives the user full puncture protection with the flexibility of an extremely lightweight boot, without any loss of mobility and comfort.

  • A 4D Sole: Built to work both on the ground and within the trees, the new 4 density sole unit, converging with a composite midsole system, gives the boot a perfect balance of flexibility, durability and stability.

  • A Zoned Lacing System: a speed roller section, and hassle free tie off open top hooks provide good support.

Durable and Comfortable Chainsaw Boot

Haix Protector Forest Chainsaw Boots

Haix Protector Forest Chainsaw Boots

Haix is a leading manufacturer of functional footwear for fire departments, police and troops, and whilst we may not be heroes, the superior quality makes Haix boots ideal for our profession.

Customer feedback shows that the Haix Protector Forest scores highly on both comfort and long term durability. With the Gore Tex 4 layer laminate technology, this chainsaw boot offers an exceptional level of waterproofing, as well as remaining highly breathable. In addition, the Protector Forest is fully compliant to chainsaw Class 2.

Strong and stable sole unit

The specialist VIBRAM rubber and PU sole is strong, abrasion proof and provides a sturdy anti-slip sole for all terrains. The outer sole is mark repellant and resistant to heat, oil and petrol. Recognising that stability comes just as much from the internal mechanics as the outer, the inner sole is made of lightweight PU cushioning and anatomically designed, providing great impact absorption with full flexibility of heel to toe movement. And the separate heel cup ensures optimised cushioning and foot guidance. Even the toe cap is cushioned for maximum comfort.

Protective

Offering the most coverage out of all three boots, as well as being water, heat and oil resistant, the Haix Forest chainsaw boot has Kevlar Class 2, EN ISO 17249:2007 compliant, cut protection and an enhanced inner lining to protect against chemicals. Meaning that this boot is essentially the Superman of chainsaw safety gear.

Durable Build

With a tough upper made from thick, breathable, water-resistant Suede, abrasion-proof lining, no side seams, strong sole, and rubber toe and heel protection, the Protector Forest is built to stand up to the most demanding of environments.

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