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Last week, we set out on a 6 days humanitarian mission to Nepal to aid the village of Besari in rebuilding houses. The team went in 8 hours offroad deep right next to the epicenter of the earthquake to the remove village of Baseri in the Dharling region, a place where no government, NGO or military help has gone. We were the first. The location is remote and the terrain was rocky and occasionally wet and muddy. Engineered footwear is absolutely essential in this case where you can't afford rock punctures and sprains out in the wild.  I wore the HAIX Black Eagle Desert Mid for this trip.

My previous job as a special force operator gave me the opportunity to use several hybrid boots like this one so naturally I was rather skeptical when I had them on for this trip. I was however pleasantly surprised that it worked well and protected me on several occasions in Baseri. Here's my review on it. 

HAIX Black Eagle Desert Mid 10 still looking as new after 12 hours days of construction work and terrain crossing

HAIX Black Eagle Desert Mid 10 still looking as new after 12 hours days of construction work and terrain crossing

The HAIX Black Eagle Desert Mid is a hybrid shoe. It has the dexterity of a running sneakers yet the protectiveness of a mountain boot and Baseri was one of the best places where both qualities are needed.  The inner sole in the front part is made of a spring back material which facilitates a forward sensation in walking  allowing me to move fast and stable across the rocky terrain. The sole structure is a double hole frame with a stone shield and a seperate heel cap which protects the foot from twisting or shifting when moving fast. A reinforced toe cap protects the shoe while providing me some friction for grip essential when I'm traversing steeper terrain with cro

Asymmetrical TPU for stabilizing the heel

Asymmetrical TPU for stabilizing the heel

The reinforced toe cap may seem miss-able but is a true life saver. A common feature for well made boots to protect the shoe and toes, for me when I'm carrying load and traversing steeper areas the toe cap surface friction gave me much needed grip when I shafted the boot into small rock slots and crevasses for stability.

HAIX Front toe cap

The inner lining is made of a 3 layer Gore Tex laminate, waterproof, abrasion resistant yet breathable and the insert is cushioned and moisture wicking.  I spend 12 hour days in hot and wet conditions and it felt comfortable and dry, no foot sore. 

GORE-TEX Extended; 3-layer GORE-TEX laminate, waterproof and highly breathable. Abrasion-resistant lining with optimized- climate comfort, especially for flexible alternating inside and outside use.

GORE-TEX Extended; 3-layer GORE-TEX laminate, waterproof and highly breathable. Abrasion-resistant lining with optimized- climate comfort, especially for flexible alternating inside and outside use.

The sole offered strong consistent grip and toughness across multiple terrain thanks to the special rubber mixture and markings

HAIX sole

The lace pocket with velcro is a nice touch, a no fuss way in keeping lace secured.

I found myself in several real life situations where the boots really performed like when our land rover got stuck several times and needed to pushed out

Humanitarian work like this sometimes brings us to remote and treacherous places where there are no second takes. Your training and gears need to kick in and step up to prepare for the unexpected. The HAIX Black Eagle Desert Mid boots is a solid, reliable and nimble pair that has performed and will see many adventures where it will be pushed to the limited. They are available at World of Tactical.

Josh

Nepal Mission Team 1

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