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Elite Spider 8.0
By Johnathan 22/01/2011
**THIS REVIEW RELATES TO A PREVIOUS MODEL - ELITE SPIDER 8.0**分享 Share
Having only served as a Police Officer for just over three years I’m relatively new to the necessity for durable, reliable, protective and most importantly comfortable footwear. Like most, I require to wear boots in excess of 10 hours at a time and need to be satisfied with what I’m wearing from day one.
The Elite Spider 8.0 was my return to Magnum once more having started my career with a basic Magnum Patrol boot (Magnum Classic) and being satisfied with what quality there was in the price I paid. The Elite Spider 8.0 appealed firstly due to its unique aesthetics with breathable mesh and chequered material, in addition to the listed price, which at the time (late 2009) was in the margin of £110. The price wasn’t a deterrent as I expect to pay that little bit extra for quality footwear that lasts.
After reading the listed product description I was confident I wouldn’t be let down by this product, proceeding to the checkout.
From day one the comfort and support was exceptional, in particular around the upper ankle, and it wasn’t long before I was found testing the proclaimed lightweight benefits of the boot by running through streets and gardens in pursuit. The boot remained sturdy and didn’t restrict movement, without weighing down my feet.
The look of the boot was commented on by colleagues on several occasions, one of whom purchased them following my account of their quality. I did however have to mention the initial ‘walking squeak’ of the sole – not ideal for passing the Command corridor in headquarters! After the sole has worn slightly this disappears.
Another requirement I feel is important in a professional organisation such as the Police Force is the ability to highly polish/bull footwear (a favourite for the senior Officers!) The Elite Spider 8.0 takes a bit of time but eventually comes up with a nice bull, but doesn’t seem to hold it for too long.
For obvious reasons, the more breathable the boot is designed to be, the less waterproofing is available and at times I found myself standing in puddles that were a little too deep, which seeped into the lower side mesh areas.
Likely more down to being used frequently for over a year, the Elite Spider 8.0 has started to wear, primarily the at seal between the sole and leather near to the toe cap which is now letting in water. The wear is brought on through regularly squatting down putting stress on the boot so attention may be required in future products to reinforce this area. Another area of wear that reared its head sooner was the withering of the lower internal lining at the rear of the boot where there is no padding, but this doesn’t cause much discomfort.
Working in the north of Scotland, the big freeze poses many dangers, but the Elite Spider 8.0 keeps warmth in provided you wear a decent pair of socks too. However, the Vibram V-Lite Slip Resistant Sole doesn’t do much to help on frosted roads or ice.
All in all, I would recommend the Elite Spider 8.0 as it is still available from retailers, however if you expect to be wearing your boots for years to come and put them through their paces you may find a bit of wear and tear. The Elite Spider 8.0 is a very comfortable, supportive boot that is breathable – maybe a bit more suitable for a summer option when you won’t encounter too much rainfall.
Once more, I’m satisfied by Magnum’s product and I look forward to continuing to support the brand.