Timberland have been in the work boot game for over 40 years now. During this time they’ve built a solid reputation for both quality craftmanship and above average comfort levels.
Recently, I decided to give the Rigmaster series a go. With the Winter months approaching, I wanted something warm. I was also very impressed by their online reputation.
Are they comfortable and more importantly, do they last?
Some customer reviews claim zero break in period. Personally, I needed to wear them a couple of days before they really started matching my feet. As soon as that happened, they became faultless.
12 hour days are far from unusual for me and I’ve yet to encounter heel pain. I think this is largely the result of Timberlands “anti fatigue technology” which is built into the mid sole.
It’s also worth noting that these boots are VERY easy to get on and off. This is usually a problem with high cut boots. Timberland seem to be aware of this fact however as they’ve added a few interesting features to prevent it.
First off, the lower boot has speed eyelets and the upper has quick release tiebacks. And secondly, the sides have massive leather handholds. These two features basically cut on and off times in half.
The only downside of these boots is that they are a little on the heavy side. This isn’t so much a fault however, as it is the natural conclusion of a steel toe, shank and high cut.
Like most Timberland work boots, the Rigmaster has just about every safety feature you could want. They come equipped with a reassuringly large steel toe, full electrical hazard protection, a steel shank for puncture resistance and a sole that’s both slip and oil resistant. In other words, they have just about every safety feature that you could want.
It’s cold where I work but not so cold that I need a lot of insulation. I therefore don’t think that I’m the right person to judge insulation levels. Instead, I’ll refer you to a customer review written by somebody who works in North Dakota i.e. somewhere absolutely freezing. He works in -25 degrees with a -45 degree wind chill and these boots keep his feet warm.
Unlike insulation, I’m more than qualified to judge a boots waterproofing. I work in rain, snow, and on more than one occasion, a foot of water. The verdict? My feet remained dry every time. The high cut makes all the difference here too. Provided your pants cover the upper, there’s just no way for rain to so much as touch your socks.
Some work boots can just about pass for formal wear. The Rigmaster series are not that kind of boot. They look great at work. They look okay with jeans in the evening. For weekend wear, however, you’ll probably want something a little less rugged.
I’ve been wearing these boots for four months now and they’re still like new. Obviously this isn’t long enough to truly judge durability. They do however appear to be very well made and multiple customer reviews claim long term wear.
As you can probably guess, customer reviews for the Rigmaster series are almost universally positive. At the time of writing, they’ve been reviewed 81 times on Amazon for an average rating of 4.6 out of 5. Most reviews complement them in terms of comfort and multiple people claim repeat purchases.
The high price, not to mention high cut, mean that these boots certainly won’t be for everyone. If you can get past these problems, however, I’m pleased to report that the Rigmaster score full marks in just about every other category. If you need hardcore protection from the elements, but you don’t want to sacrifice on comfort, I couldn’t recommend these boots more.