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unbreakable boot laces?

Postby VashHash » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:19 pm

So I have a pair of blackhawk block ops boots and within 3-4 months they ate the laces up so I went on the search for abrasion resistant laces and found many options mostly kevlar laces. Then. Stumbled upon a canadian company called Armorlace. They tout that they make an unbreakable lace backed by a lifetime warranty. Well I made the call and purchased them last week. They arrved today. Set me back about $20 USD with shipping. They seem very stiff and well made but I'm curious. Has anyone else used these or heard of these? They say you can hang from them and they won't break some kind of kevlar mixed with other fabrics or something. I just laced up my boots and these feel a lot better than the cheap laces I bought that kept slipping and making my boots feel loose. Any input would be appreciated.

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Postby Evil D » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:24 pm

Personally i've never understood how people break laces. There's a guy at work who complains about it too. I've got some 10 year old Redwings on the original laces.

You may wanna try paracord.
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Postby tonydahose » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:34 pm

+1 on the paracord, that is what i have been replacing my laces when they do break.
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Postby OldHoosier62 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:35 pm

Evil D wrote:Personally i've never understood how people break laces. There's a guy at work who complains about it too. I've got some 10 year old Redwings on the original laces.

You may wanna try paracord.
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Paracord or leather works for me. Use them in 4 different workboots-no problems in years.

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Postby Jazz » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:21 pm

I am liking paracord, but it doesn't stay tied up without an extra knot.

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Postby SolidState » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:48 pm

I'll have to try some of those for my skate shoes. Typically skateboards go through laces really quickly (grip-tape against laces is necessary for almost all tricks). Usually the shoes come with 2 extra pairs of laces, but I go through those in a few months. This product might be perfect for me.
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Postby JLS » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:13 pm

I'll be checking these out.

I generally wear out a pair of boots in about 2 years and I will often go through 3-4 sets of laces over the life of a pair. Paracord is OK, but like Jazz said it doesn't stay tied real well. Once I get my boots on in the morning, it's often 14-16 hours before they come off and I do everything from desk work to outdoors to welding (this is tough on boots and laces). I'm a little hard on my boots and the laces often get burned from weld spatter and grinding or just wear out from sliding through the grommets when tying them on day after day.

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Postby RyanA » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:30 am

Another +1 on the paracord

A lot of it can be bought for cheap. It is very strong. It's also great for lanyards, cord wrap handles, etc. I usually just wear out the laces (if the boots last long enough) then go to paracord. As for the tying, I usually just use the quick lace hooks on my boots, so a very tight knot works well.
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Postby Pinetreebbs » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:50 am

If you work around sharp rocks, gunite concrete or metal cutting/welding, you are going to have broken laces. Good leather laces worked the best for me.
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Postby dialex » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:11 am

Evil D wrote:Personally i've never understood how people break laces. There's a guy at work who complains about it too. I've got some 10 year old Redwings on the original laces.

You may wanna try paracord.
I think it's not that much about the laces but about those rivets or hooks in the boots where the laces go through. Some of them are very well made, with smooth surfaces and rounded edges (which I bet it's the case of your Redwings).
I had a similar problem with a pair of shoes which were munching at my laces faster than I can eat ice cream. Once I removed the rivets and left the bare holes in the leather, the problem dissapeared.
Of course, this isn't an universal solution.Some boots or shoes really need those rivets.
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Postby JLS » Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:17 am

That's a very good point, Dialex. Well made boots help a lot with the laces lasting longer.

But I will have to say that doing any amount of welding and grinding will shorten the life of the laces and the boots as well. Something about hot metal tends to do bad things to leather and worse things to nylon and other plastics.
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Postby Evil D » Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:09 am

Another option you may wanna try are those hard military spec laces that brands like Altima use on their GI boots. They're a nylon weave like a lot of laces but they're either coated or just slightly melted or something to make them hard and stiff. I've owned so many pairs of GI boots i've lost count and i can't remember ever breaking a lace on those, and the eyelets are the speed lace style so the strings are subjected to a good amount of friction every time they're put on.
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Postby LDB » Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:31 pm

Wear your shoelaces on your wrist or elsewhere, http://www.survivalstraps.com

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Postby bohica1998 » Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:58 pm

I've always just used military-grade parachute cord. Never broken or worn through a set yet. Never had a problem with knots coming undone either, but you can always just tie a nasty knot in them and then just cut the cord later, I suppose.

With a 550 pound breaking strength, the boots are more likely to come apart than the 'laces'.
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Postby Water Bug » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:08 pm

The military-grade nylon laces are what I use, although those are the only ones authorized for use when in uniform. Although they hold up well, they do tend to slip and loosen up, unless you do the double knot technique, and when in the field, these laces (along with cotton-based laces, that don't loosen up and slip) pick up a lot of burrs that are a pain to remove later.

Leather laces (once broken in and well oiled with a preservative, like mink oil) have proven to be the best performers to me for "civilian use." They don't slip or loosen, they don't pick up burrs, and they last for quite a while until they wear out with use, age, and/or lack of maintenance (i.e., forgetting to treat them with a preservative).
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Postby vampyrewolf » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:43 am

I've been using paracord in my combat boots for years. I wear my boots done up tight, and within 3-4 months the eyelets are eating the 550. I'd have to check how many eyelets I've removed from this pair, but the last pair had most of em gone.
Probably doesn't help that I'm usually on my feet for 14hrs a day, if not more.
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Re: unbreakable boot laces?

Postby El Gato » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:40 am

johnsarnik wrote:If you don’t want to make them yourself check out http://www.maddoglaces.com for the finest paracord laces on the planet.
I just added this MDL website to my Favorites listing. The Marine Corps Veteran Owned Business did it for me.
I am going to give these laces a try. They look like a high quality product to me, and what's not to like about a lifetime guarantee?
Especially because I am old, (so the laces won't have to last all that long ..... :D ).

Thanks for the tip johnsarnik. :)

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Re: unbreakable boot laces?

Postby El Gato » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:21 pm

I just placed my order with MDL for 3 pairs of laces, scheduled to arrive the first of the week. John's website is easy to use, with several options to choose from, making it quick and easy to place an order. Within minutes of placing the order I received shipping notification. Outstanding!!

Feels good to support the business of a fellow vet. :)

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Postby LDB » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:59 pm

LDB wrote:Wear your shoelaces on your wrist or elsewhere, http://www.survivalstraps.com
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Postby Doc Dan » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:29 am

dialex wrote:
Evil D wrote:Personally i've never understood how people break laces. There's a guy at work who complains about it too. I've got some 10 year old Redwings on the original laces.

You may wanna try paracord.
I think it's not that much about the laces but about those rivets or hooks in the boots where the laces go through. Some of them are very well made, with smooth surfaces and rounded edges (which I bet it's the case of your Redwings).
I had a similar problem with a pair of shoes which were munching at my laces faster than I can eat ice cream. Once I removed the rivets and left the bare holes in the leather, the problem dissapeared.
Of course, this isn't an universal solution.Some boots or shoes really need those rivets.
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