Brunt Marin Comp Toe Workboot Review

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Brunt 6″ Marin Composite Toe Workboot

Brunt Marin Comp Toe Workboot

4.5/5
Manufacturer: Brunt
Model number: Marin Comp Toe Workboot
Weight: 3.9 lbs
Most of the reviews I’ve written have been on the “tools” I use everyday, but the Brunt Marin Comp Toe Workboot was a new type of tool review for me. It’s also a commonly overlooked tool that often gets less attention than it’s battery-powered and corded counterparts. Brunt Workwear has a full-spectrum lineup of boots, clothing, and accessories and I was happy to put the Marin Comp Toe to the test and give workboots some love. I wore my Brunt boots while I stacked wood, climbed ladders, fixed some second-story siding, and spent a few hours using my spade shovel. The results were impressive for a number of reasons so let’s get into the details.

Specifications & Features

  • 6″ Overall Height
  • Total Weight of 3.9 Lbs (Pair)
  • Full-Grain, Waterproof Leather
  • Composite Toe
  • Electrical Hazard Rated
  • Slip & Oil Resistant
  • Width-Adjustable via Inserts
  • Meets ASTM F2413-18 standards

 

Safety Design Features

The Brunt Marin Comp Toe Workboot has a number of essential safety features. And any PROs, especially those who’ve been through an OSHA-sponsored safety course, know that there are a number of common dangers that are easily avoidable with the right work and safety gear.

Composite Toe

I am well versed in the personal risks of dropping heavy construction materials. I learned this from firsthand experience as a steel fabrication project manager. Accidents are just that, accidents, and never planned. But having had Schedule 40 pipe and Wide-Flange Beams dropped onto my steel toe boots on a few occasions made me fully appreciate the protection provided by reinforced safety toes. The Marin Comp Toe offers such safety and also remains considerably lighter than traditional steel-toes. This is a results of the high-strength and minimal weight nano-composite materials used to make it. Luckily I didn’t have to test the max strength of the Composite Toe on my initial trial period but it felt firm, well shaped, and noticeably lighter weight as advertised.

Slip Resistance

One of the most common causes of jobsite injury is slipping or loss of traction. This can happen for a number of reasons. It may be due to oily or greasy surfaces. It could also be a result of wet or loose materials (like dust or gravel) on walking surfaces. Either way, the Marin Comp Toe performed well.  To really test out the slip resistance of the Marin Comp Toe, I tried it out on a smooth concrete floor with an oil residue spot.  I know this is a good test because I’ve slipped on it when wearing my other (well-used) workboots. I also tried it out by climbing on my roof to replace a few cedar shingles. And yes, they are also slip resistant.  Bottom line; The Brunt’s didn’t slip.  Not even a little. And you can’t as for any better than that!

Electrical Protection

I have also done my fair share of home rewiring.  Again, thankfully, I have never had an electrocution come from a charged work surface. And again, thankfully, this wasn’t something I tested out during this trial run with my new Brunt Workboots. It’s safe to say that I had enough peace of mind to know that my new Marin Comp Toes sported this feature. But its worth highlighting as 1) Not all boots carry this essential safety feature and 2) all it takes is “using it” once to make these boots a lifesaving investment!

Weatherproofing

OK, this is where my biggest issue with past boots has been. It’s miserable enough stomping through puddles and wading through mud at a jobsite. Getting your feet soaked especially early in the day doesn’t make it any better. So I felt fortunate (not sure if that’s the right word) when it recently rained in my neck of the woods, and I got to finish my wood stacking project in the muddy and wet conditions. And after 4+ hours in the mud and wet my feet were bone dry and clean as well. To really test out Brunt’s waterproof (not resistant) claim I even filled a tub with 3 inches of water and stood in it for a while.  Still bone dry.  Waterproof claim confirmed; on the jobsite and plus some.

   

Style & Comfort

Should work footwear look good? The simple answer is yes. The longer (and opinionated) answer is yes, as long as they are comfortable since I’m spending good money on them! The Brunt Marin Comp Toe Workboots look good, not great. But feel great, not good! They were relatively comfortable once they got broken in, which took about 2 days of wearing them. Throughout the first 2 days they were a bit stiff through the ankles and rubbed on the front of my shin to the point of irritation. I folded the top of my boot sock down to double up the thickness which fixed the issue. After 2 days the ankle flexed well enough that the problem was gone.

The arch and foot support was awesome and shined through on uneven surfaces (ladder rungs and split wood). I was worried that the slightly-thicker anti-slip sole would cause the boots to feel tall and awkward. They didn’t. This was primarily because the adjustable width (I removed the narrow-width liner) offered a great foot-contouring fit. And the seemingly low weight made this boots not clunky in the slightest. The option to adjust the fit/width by including an extra set of inserts is awesome!

I will say that the Marin Comp Toe looks a lot better with pants covering the ankles. This is exclusively how I wear my workboots on the jobsite. But the overall boot is chunky and bulky. It is much less noticeable with pants though. Hence my first comment. The thickness is also a double-edged sword as it makes the boots stay warm (can be good or bad) but doesn’t make for the most breathable footwear on the market. I wasn’t surprised since that seems to be the norm with weatherproofed boots like this, but it can still be a deciding factor and worth consideration.

Final Thoughts | Brunt Marin Comp Toe Workboot

Overall the Brunt Marin Comp Toe Workboot is a great workbook. It offers a wide spectrum of safety features at a price that meets or beats most competitor boots. It is very comfortable and seems quite rugged on first impression. As the tool I use more than any other, I place a lot of importance on the workboots I wear. And this workboot is as good or better than any other I’ve worn! If you want the most stylish or breathable or lighest boot on the market then you might want to look elsewhere. If you want a safe, sturdy, weather-protected boot you should check out the Brunt Marin Comp Toe Workboot.

About the author

Ben Fecteau

Benjamin is a former project manager, CNC-designer, and AWS-certified welder with experience running a commercial and industrial steel design and fabrication company. Before making the jump to commercial construction, he spent years renovating houses and building furniture where he became skilled in the art of home wiring, flooring, siding, and custom tool modifications. Benjamin has a Masters Degree in Education and is passionate about sharing his love of design with his sons and through community-based outreach. He resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and enjoys spending time with his family, in his workshop, and serving as an Air Force Officer.

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2 Comments

  1. Jeff Crabtree

    I bought a pair wore them maybe 10 times and one of the speed hook pulled right out. because it had been more than 30 days since I bought them they wont stand behind them. They offered me 15% off my next pair. I promised you there won’t be a next pair. DON’T BUY THESE BOOTS!!

    1. Ben Fecteau

      Jeff, I’m sorry to hear that. I certainly didn’t have that issue with these boots… But if I do then I will update the article accordingly. Thanks for reading! Ben

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