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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2011
I figure enough time has lapsed that I can post a comprehensive review of these laces. In short, you won't break them.

I purchased a pair of armorlace laces for my Danner Striker 2 boots which I wear on duty (I'm in EMS). The Danner's are superior quality, rugged boots, but the speed grommets have somewhat sharp edges that absolutely destroy laces. I went through a couple pairs of factory laces in just a few months. Realizing that someone must have designed something better, I did some internet investigation and found Armorlace. Initially i balked at the price but decided it was a small sum to part with to find out if they lived up to their own hype.

After about a year of wear, the only detectable wear is the colored coating on the laces. The ballistic material they use is naturally an off white and they use some sort of coating to color the laces. The coating does eventually wear, but the laces themselves do not. As another poster stated, a shot of black spray paint and they look good as new. I personally don't care as the color has only worn off around the aforementioned speed grommets, which are completely covered by my pants leg. That is the only negative, and it's a minor one at that.

As for the positives:
-I cannot break them. I am very demanding on my gear and will frequently engage in warranty voiding abuse to make sure my equipment will not fail if I ever need to abuse it. I can confidently say that these will not fail under abuse.
-The material is hydrophobic (it will not absorb liquids). For all you mountaineers, this means your laces don't freeze. For people like me, this means that the various bodily fluids patient's like to deposit on your boots wont soak into the laces. Rinse off the big chunks, soak in disinfectant for a minute, rinse again. I can't tell you how many pairs of blood/vomit/other saturated boot laces I've thrown out.
-They don't stretch or slip. If you can tie a proper reef knot, you will never need to double knot them.
-They will saw through zip-ties, zip-cuffs and phone cord with ease (that aforementioned abuse). I consider this a must for duty boot laces. Many nylon laces will melt from the friction, sometimes even 550 cord will, especially if you have to take out the inner strands. This heat resistance is also beneficial if you work in industry.

So, buy them, put them on your boots...and likely your next 3 pairs of boots.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2011
I purchased a pair of these for my hiking boots after the original laces wore out. As other reviewers have noted, the black laces are really a dark gray and not true black. I'm OK with that as they don't look bad in my black boots, but it might be an issue for those in uniform.

They are about half the thickness of the original laces and much stiffer. I've used them for a couple weeks so far and they're working well. They hold a good knot that doesn't undo and they don't seem to stretch much, so my boots don't loosen after a couple miles. I'll update this on how they're wearing after I've put a few months on them.

July 1, 2011 Update - I've used the boots these laces are in about 40 times so far with just over 150 miles of suburban park trails. They are now a very light gray (especially the sections that rub on the eyelets or speed hooks) but show no signs of real wear. Even when soaked, they still stretch very little which minimizes adjustments on the trail.

December 2011 Update - I just purchased a brown pair for my brown boots. The 63 inch laces are a perfect length for my Timberland boot Timberland Men's Chocorua Gore-Tex Hiker. These started as a medium chocolate brown but, as with my black laces, the color wears off, in this case exposing a light tan. Other than the color fade, the laces show no real wear and I expect them to outlast the boots they're in.

2014 Update - Both pair of laces are still working! Now called Ironlace, you can still get them here on Amazon: Ironlace Lace (1-Pair,9-10 eyelets). If these ever wear out or I get a third pair of boots, I'll pick up another pair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
Well, if I die with my boots on, it'll be with these laces. They're sturdy. I dropped a star, because they're ugly. I replaced the new, too-short laces that came with the hiking shoes, and hated to downgrade the total appearance of the shoe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought these laces for my husbands work boots because I was tired of buying shoe laces every other week. He wears his boots everyday for work and likes to tie his boots very tight. As a result regular boots laces, break in only a couple of days. So we "upgraded" to Kevlar laces. These laces ranged in price from $7-$15 per pair and they only lasted a month!
Finally, fed up, I did some research and found the ArmorLace. My husband laced up with these laces almost two months ago and other then being dirty, they look brand new! He says hes never been able to tie his boots tighter and he loves the extra length that 72in laces provide him. I have since bought ArmorLaces for all the boots in the house and even purchased a "back-up" pair. But I don't think I'll need to use them :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2011
I have to wear steel-toed boots for work, and have for almost 6 years now. With all of my previous boots, the laces have just about lasted as long as the boot. (Usually just about a year) The latest pair I bought seemed to almost cut any boot laces I put in them within a couple months. After buying a couple of replacement laces and not having them last too long, I found these ArmorLace Boot Laces on here with some pretty positive reviews. So I decided to take a chance and see if these laces would work better. Well, it's been almost 5 months now and these laces have done well so far. There's some wear on them where the other laces were being cut, but it's not damaged these ArmorLace laces to the point of them failing. In fact, I'm about ready to replace these boots with a new pair, and I'm pretty confident that these laces will still be around!

So, if you're looking for some high quality boot laces that are tougher than normal laces, these will definitely do the job. They are stiff at first, but once you break them in they are just as flexible as normal laces. I was hesitant with their higher price, but I would have probably spent almost the same amount with regular replacement laces at the rate I was going.

UPDATE, November 2014: I wore the boots that I used these laces on for about a year at work and they were great, never frayed or broke. I've been using them the last couple of years when I'm doing yard work on the weekends and the laces are still solid. They did get a lot less stiff with wear and tear and they do show some wear in the places they'd rub on the boots, but they are still as strong as when I first got them. I'm finally to the point of throwing out the boots. lol. But you better believe I'm keeping these laces in case I get another stubborn pair of boots!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2011
These laces are going to last you forever. You can tell the second you open the package that they're virtually indestructible. I'm certain that they'll last me through several pairs of work boots.

There's only one problem with them; as mentioned by other reviewers, the Kevlar fiber itself is white, and has been coated with a black coating. This coating is far less durable than the Kevlar, and begins to wear off immediately. I fixed this by purchasing two of those honking huge Sharpies, and staining each lace black (time consuming, messy, but worth the trouble). The stain from a sharpie seems to soak into the fiber and stay.

Once they figure out how to keep the laces black, this will be a 5-star product, for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
These laces cost you a pretty penny, but may be worth it.

I work in EMS and I wear black boots w/ tight metal lace connections. My boots have torn through many laces, but not these. These are strong enough to withstand the tension and metal scrapping of my boots.

On the other hand, I ordered these laces in black, but they are definitely not black. They are grey; not even a shade of grey that is anywhere near close to being black.

These are the facts I can give. You decide whether you still want to buy them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2011
These things perform as advertised. I am very tough on laces and decided to try these out. They are a bit stiff at first, but after several uses will soften up a bit. I used them for two consecutive weeks on a Philmont trek and they performed flawlessly. Will post a later review to see how they hold up over a longer period of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2011
I replaced the cloth laces in my Corcorans with these which are small enough to go through the eylets and use as speed laces. No matter how hard I pull I know they aren't going to break. Yes, they are more grey than black, but a cheap can of spray paint fixed that minor problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2011
LEO: The boot laces are solid. They feel very tough almost like steel wire but not. I think that my danners would break before these things do. I will buy for any boots that I buy in the future. They do look a little grey but not obviously grey when laced up.
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