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Review: Magnum Precision Ultra Lite WPi
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I’ve worn a lot of boots in my day. None quite compare to the quality and value I found in Magnum’s Precision Ultra Lite. I’ve been eyeing these bad boys for awhile and was really excited to get a chance to check them out.
Comfort-wise, it compares to the boots I wore while in the Marines. Since I don’t suit up every day in that same uniform, it’s difficult to give an exact comparison. However, at my office job, the boots are incredibly comfortable. They just breathe easily and much better than other leather boots.
The ion masking is what makes all the difference. Even before I wore the Magnums, I watched videos about the water repellent technology online. My curiosity was piqued. It gave me a reason to test the boots out in the rain.
The only thing that got wet? The bottoms of my pants.
Needless to say, I was surprised. The other waterproof boots in my closet still soak up water. Nothing beads right off like Magnum’s ion mask. The rubber outsole impressed me as well. Its intense sole construction made me picture someone walking vertically up a wall. Luckily, I didn’t try that—at least not yet.
The bottoms of boots wear out quickly. So quickly, in fact, you can start to see the traction fade only after a week. This is not the case with the Precision Ultra Lites. After two weeks of wear, the bottoms are still just as powerful as the first day. I didn’t slip in the rain even when I tried. It also helped when I was doing some heavy lifting.
The quality of Magnum laces are much higher than what you would find on a $30 Wal-Mart boot. Unlike softer laces, Magnum boots use nylon laces that will last much longer. Cheaper boots use cheaper laces that fray when they go through the grommets. After about a year, I’ve had to replace boot laces like those. I can tell I won’t have to replace these laces for a long time, if ever.
My only complaint is that the top of the boot will rub against your skin, even if you have the top of your pants tucked in to it. That’s why it’s important to wear these boots with tall socks so you can avoid this. Do note that I have only been wearing the boots for two weeks, so the rubbing might go away after I break them in completely.
All in all, these are great boots that I would recommend to a friend, a family member and, if I’m in a really good mood, maybe even an enemy.
This review was written by Scott Nickell, a former U.S. Marine and ecommerce specialist at Cat5 Commerce. Scott served our country for eight years and has been wearing heavy-duty boots for about a decade.