Timberland Pro Helix Work Boot

By Ethan Bickford on Tool and Product Reviews

Timberland Pro Helix Work Boot Review

G&L clothing who provides clothing for all and Big and Tall sent us a pair of Timberland Pro Helix 6” boots to try out.

First impressionTimberland Pro Helix Work Boot

These are some nice looking boots. Made with quality full-grain leather with a waterproof membrane, a non-marking lugged sole. There are lace hooks near the top to speed up taking your boots off at the end of a long day, something I immediately noticed and appreciated!

They also feature a composite safety toe and anti-fatigue mid-sole/insole for increased safety and comfort. There’s a LOT packed into these boots.

Timberland Pro Helix In Use

First off I already own a pair of Timberland PRO 6″ Hyperion AT WP boots in a 12 wide and I really like them.

Sizing was a little off for me on the Pro Helix as the 12 wide was too small so I had to send them back and get a 13 wide (Timberland makes half sizes up to a 12 then whole sizes for 13-14).

I often have trouble finding shoes that fit. My problem area is the toe box (which is a serious problem with safety footwear due to the unyielding nature of safety toes) but these have a really roomy toe box (they call it a Titan toe) and yet with the Heel Lock technology my heel is still set in the heel cup.

As an added bonus, I can wear really thick to medium thickness socks and my heel doesn’t slip around when I’m wearing the lighter weight socks.  Meaning that these can be worn in a variety of temperatures without losing performance or fit.

Plus G&L offers free return shipping for exchanges. Hard to go wrong with that!

Comfort and PerformanceTimberland Pro Helix Work Boot

The Pro Helix is designed as an anti-fatigue boot and it’s almost unbelievably comfortable.  The EVA mid-sole is designed to provide athletic shoe performance.   The  two part insole acts like a built in anti-fatigue mat.  All I can say is, it works.  My feet haven’t been the least bit sore at the end of 8-10 hour days.  You really do feel like you’re standing or walking on anti-fatigue mats, it’s incredible!

I don’t usually work in wet conditions so I typically prefer boots without a waterproof membrane as this makes my boots more breathable and my feet cooler. But I have to say I’ve been impressed with the breath-ability of these boots. Not quite as cool as some of my unlined, all leather boots but not at all bad.

They also have a high traction non-marking out sole. I did find that on smooth surfaces that were wet (like grocery store floors) Things got a little slippery.  But I still had more traction then I would with a lot of work boots and they worked great on the job site.  Having good traction in mud, wet rock and concrete, dirt, wood floors (don’t worry that was on a dry day) and floor protecting materials such as cardboard and rosin paper.

Overall Impression:

In short these are a serious work boot with smart features to improve fit, comfort, and safety.  From the heel lock, the waterproof membrane, the anti fatigue insole, and the EVA mid-sole to the non marking out-sole these boots are just plain fantastic.

I’ve been paying a bit more attention to what shoes or boots other guys I’m working with are wearing and I’ve seen three other carpenters wearing Timberland Pro boots lately. So if that isn’t a solid recommendation I don’t know what is!

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About the author

Ethan Bickford

Carpenter / Remodeler / ACC Photographer

Ethan Bickford has a long history with carpentry. His father worked as a contractor for many years and taught him the ins and outs of home repair and remodeling from a very young age. Since then Ethan has kept up his skills and knowledge by doing handyman work while in college and eventually started his own carpentry and remodeling company which he’s been running for the last three years. Ethan loves teaching and advising on tools and techniques and is a big fan of quality workmanship. His motto is: “Do it right the first time!”

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