Over the years, I’ve worn no shortage of Timberland’s. Aside from the occasional durability complaint, I’ve generally been happy aside from thing; they generally look a little dated compared to the likes of Keen and Wolverine.
As you can see from the image on your right, the Men’s Magnus are a small improvement in this regard. Most sizes also come in below the 100 dollar mark. Are they a good choice? Read on to find out.
Out of the box, they look tough as nails and the break in period lives up to that. Expect at least a week of light use before you even think about taking them to work. Once they do break in, there’s a strange mix of Timberland comfort and terrible design mistakes. I’ll start with the positive.
I ordered my standard Timberland size and they fit spot on, especially at the end with a well spaced toe box (ideal for long shifts). The upper is well cushioned and for a steel toe boot, they are surprisingly light.
Unfortunately, the mid sole is a lot thinner than what generally comes standard with the brand. In other words, combine these boots with long hours over hard surfaces and you’ll return home with painful feet. Arch support is also largely non existent.
Now, if there’s one thing that Timberland have very much got wrong it’s the “contoured tongue to relieve lace pressure”. In theory, this sounds like a great idea. But in practice, pressure from the lace is just replaced with a tongue that digs into your feet when it folds into itself. Novel ideal, terrible execution.
Overall, they’re pretty hit and miss in the comfort department which is something that I find surprising given the brand name. It’s also the reason that I ultimately won’t be recommending these boots unless you get an excellent price.
The Magnus come with all the safety features that you would expect from a Timberland work boot. Steel toe, electrical hazard protection, oil and slip resistance, and Timberland’s patented ladder lock out sole. The steel toe in particular is well designed, keeping your toes safe without making your feet carry too much weight.
These are boots designed for moderate climate conditions. In other words, they offer standard insulation levels i.e. tough leather, high enough upper. And they’re waterproof up to the point that the laces start. In other words, they provide enough protection for most people but if you live somewhere particular cold or wet, look elsewhere.
While still a little dated, I liked the look of these boots overall. The leather looks rugged right out of the box. The eyelets for the laces add a modern touch that’s missing from many of Timberland’s classic boots. And by keeping things simple, they’ll go well with pretty much anything.
The Magnus has currently racked up 130 customer reviews on Amazon for an average score of 4.2 stars out of 5. Needless to say, this is far from universal acclaim and quite a bit below other Timberland boots (albeit more expensive versions). Complaints range from durability, the poorly designed tongue and general discomfort. Positive reviews however are admittedly still very much in the majority.
The Men’s Magnus are a small step up in style for a pair of Timberland’s. Depending on your shoe size, you might also be able to grab yourself a bargain too. Especially considering the likelihood of them lasting well over a year. Unfortunately, the specially designed tongue is a specially designed deal breaker in my eyes. That along with the lack of a decent mid sole means that I think that it’s safe to say that there are better options out there.