If you check the homepage of this site, you’ll see that I’m a big fan of the Wolverine Men’s Raider. They’re tough but comfortable, waterproof but breathable.
A few months ago, I decided to try a second pair of Wolverines, namely, the Men’s Buccaneer. The price was reasonable and judging by customer reviews, they compare favorably with the Men’s Raider.
Sadly, they’re let down by one thing…
As always, I’ll start with the break in period. It could best be described as mild. Don’t get me wrong, the first day won’t be comfortable. But I wore them straight out of the box and ended the day without a single blister.
They have an 81% expected fit on Amazon and I agree.
I chose the same size as all other Wolverine boots that I’ve owned and found them snug in all the right places. The absence of a steel toe, while a deal breaker for some, leaves plenty of toe space and perhaps more importantly keeps the weight down.
The sole is not puncture resistant, again another deal breaker for some, but it does offer a lot of shock absorption. Apparently, this is the result of compression pads spread throughout the inner sole. I’ve had mixed results with compression pads but they work well here.
The boots are also a lot more flexible than they look. They’re not quite at the same level as the Men’s Raider but they do give your feet a lot of freedom while still protecting your ankles.
The Men’s Buccaneer come with a choice of steel or soft toe. I personally opted for the steel version and aside from the added weight, you wouldn’t know it’s there i.e. it doesn’t touch your top toe like some safety boots.
Regardless of which version you choose however, there’s no electrical hazard protection and the lack of a steel shank means you probably shouldn’t be walking around exposed nails.
One feature that Wolverine definitely did get right is the slip resistant sole. I’ve tested them on regular water, oil and gravel. Despite being the clumsy person that I am, I’ve yet to slip once.
In terms of insulation, they’re about average. Wearing them in the freezing temperatures isn’t recommended. Wearing them walking to work on a cold morning however, and they’re more than snug enough. They also feel great inside a factory.
My waterproofing testing hasn’t been expensive but so far heavy rain and the occasional puddle has had zero effect on my feet. You can read more about waterproofing below.
Wolverine make some beautiful boots, case in point, the x. Personally however, I was a little disappointed with these. At best, they look generic. At worst, they look painfully outdated. And when I say that the lacelets are eye catching, I don’t mean it as a compliment.
Judging by the number of people who’ve bought them, however, I may well be in the minority here.
Due to the aforementioned style issues, I wore these boots for less than two months. To judge longevity, I can therefore only rely on the following customer reviews.
At the time of writing, the Buccaneers have been reviewed 265 times on Amazon for an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. The most popular features by far are comfort levels and the above average quality of the leather. In terms of durability, it seems that if you give them a chance, they can easily last over a year, with multiple reviews claiming longer than that.
As you can probably tell, I’m not a fan of the Men’s Buccaneer. They’re comfortable, they’re clearly well built, they just look a little outdated for my tastes. If your tastes differ however, the price is more than reasonable for a boot of this caliber.