Timberland PRO Boondock Review: Is It the Best Work Boot for Long Shifts?

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Thanks to a combination of proprietary footwear technologies and brand recognition, Timberland PRO makes it onto most shortlists for best work boot lines. If you’re looking for a comfortable six-incher that won’t set off a metal detector, you’re likely considering the PRO Boondock.

But does this boot’s ubiquity come from actual performance or from Timberland’s marketing department? We answer this question through a hands-on review of every aspect of the shoe. By the end of this article, you’ll know whether it’s just hype or justified and if the Boondock is right for you.

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Timberland PRO Boondock

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Bottom line: The Timberland PRO Boondock offers an impressive combination of long-lasting comfort and heavy-duty outsoles. Despite its weight, there’s plenty of energy-returning cushion here, making it wearable right out of the box. This, along with its durability and attention to detail, make the Boondock excellent value for money.

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Pros:

  • Timberland PRO’s Anti-Fatigue system provides all-day comfort and stamina via returned energy. This is thanks to several strategic layers in the sole, each providing either comfort or support
  • The distressed Ever-Guard leather is waterproof, more resistant to abrasions than regular leather, and easy to maintain
  • The aggressively lugged rubber outsole provides superb slip-resistance and traction, and keeps you stable even in snow or on ice
  • Both the lip and collar are heavily padded, offering support and comfort all around the ankle
  • The design boasts great attention to detail, including a rubberized back which makes taking the shoes off easier, and tight-holding speed hooks which add security

Cons:

  • With its three quarter welt, this boot isn’t resolable
  • At around two pounds and six ounces a boot, it’s heavy and bulky to pack
  • It runs wide, leaving a lot of extra room inside for narrow feet
  • The boot runs very hot and isn’t ideal for extra sweaty guys

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