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Giveaway + Review: Men’s Magnum 8” Stealth Force SZ
Tell us: Where do you wear your boots and why?
The person with the most interesting response will soon be lacing up their very own pair of Men’s Magnum 8” Stealth Force SZ. Much like the previous weeks, we’ll announce the winner of this contest on Thursday, Sept. 23. While you’re at it, be sure to check out Magnum on Facebook and Twitter.
This contest is open to the U.S. and Canada only. If the winner’s size is out of stock, Magnum will replace with another style of equal of lesser value.
I jumped at the opportunity to review a pair of Magnum boots since I’d been looking for the perfect pair of hunting boots. I picked the Magnum 8” Stealth Force SZ because it seemed well equipped to get the job done.
And boy, am I glad I did. These are by far the best boots I’ve ever owned. Taking all my other footwear in account, they are literally the most comfortable shoes I own.
During the past three weeks I’ve worn the boots hiking and fishing. I found them so incredibly appealing, I worked them into my office attire as well as just casual wear. I’ve sported the boots around the house and over to a buddies place to watch a UFC fight.
In addition to being the best and most comfortable, the Stealth Force boots are the lightest boots I have ever had. I can go further without heavy boots weighing me down. I don’t have to worry about running out of energy. This is really important when out in the wilderness.
To test out the ion mask waterproofing, I stepped in water 7 ½ inches deep. The boots remained as dry as a bone. This will be especially helpful come deer season. I have to cross a river in two spots, and with the boots, I’ll be able to just wade through the shallow points. Sometimes I have to hop from boulder to boulder in a deeper section, which is pretty scary because I risk falling in, getting wet and even damaging my equipment.
Another great thing about these boots? They don’t stink. Now that might sound funny to some, but after a few wears, all of my previous boots started to gather a “funk” stench. And it’s the kind of smell that you don’t want to smell. After numerous wears, my Magnums remain funkless. This is probably due to the Agion Antibacterial Treatment that eliminates odors, discoloration and fungus-causing bacteria. If my foot couldn’t stink up the boot, I’m fairly certain there isn’t a foot out there that could.
What impressed me the most was the boot’s heel. When walking, you literally do not feel your heel hit the ground. You just don’t feel an impact. I’ve actually had my dad and a couple of my buddies walk around the house with my Magnums on. They were shocked. Eliminating hardcore heel-strikes means less fatigue, less back pain and a more comfortable stride. It feels almost like walking on air. Seriously.
At first, I was leery about the side zipper on the boot. I’ve never owned a side zip boot before and was happy to find it super convenient. When I get home at night, I don’t have to fuss with any boot laces. Before I broke the boots in, the side zipper did rub my ankle. After wearing them a few times, the irritation went away. I’m happy to report that these boots didn’t give me a single blister, even during the break-in period.
The only thing I didn’t like about the boot was the zipper stay. The latch is Velcro and does not hold. It constantly becomes unlatched. The zipper never came down when it became undone, but it was just a little annoying. A previous version of this boot featured a snap instead of Velcro. I would suggest switching back to the snap.
Nevertheless, I’ve already recommended this boot to friends as a daily wear boot. If you haven’t noticed, I really do dig this boot.
This review was written by Dan Lamb, ecommerce manager at Cat5 Commerce. In addition to being our in-office firearms expert, Dan is familiar with just about every product sold on MilitaryBoots.com.