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Can't break them.
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.