Blundstone’s #984 joins the safety footwear market with a fresh, stone coloured nubuck upper, on trend for today’s wearers. Designed as a fresh update on the brand’s #992 and #997, the #984 provides a new colour variation on tried, trusted and loved products. New style, same strength T he latest addition to its hugely successful XFOOT Rubber range, the Blundstone #984 has all the safety and comfort features required in an everyday work boot. When it was originally released in 2012, Blundstone’s XFoot Rubber range featured cutting-edge innova- tion and offered a range of world-leading technological advances. This is still the case today, with the #984 leading the way with the latest in componentry and technology. The premium nubuck leather used in the #984 is treated to provide water resistant properties and can be worn with confidence in most environments. As with all leathers, simple maintenance and the use of waterproof spray and protective products will extend the life of the boots. The outsole is heat resistant to temperatures up to at least 300ºC. It has a very high insulating value, providing short term resistance to melting and cracks at higher-than-normal temperature ranges. It also has excel- lent cut and slip resistance and is highly resistant to microbial attack. Additionally, it is resistant to oil, acid and organic fat. The rubber outsole has been designed with a deeper, six-millimetre open tread pattern to specifically increase slip resistance in varied environments, including loose, irregular surfaces and muddy, rugged, outdoor conditions. The #994 has Blundstone’s premium Comfort Arch footbed, covered with a full-length cushion of foam polyurethane and topped by a long- wearing mesh cover. It has an airflow and moisture-wicking system and also includes a large pad of XRD® Extreme Impact Protection under the ball of the foot, designed to reduce workplace fatigue. The top-of-the-range bamboo lining is designed specially to keep feet cool and comfortable. It is thermal regulating, deodorising, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, breathable and quick drying. This lining keeps feet dry and cool in hot conditions but also offers excellent insulation against the cold. Where there is a risk that a person may come in contact with a live electrical circuit, electrical shock hazard footwear will provide the best possible protection against electrical shock hazard with the boot certified to ASTM F2413-18. Clause 5.6 for electrical shock hazard resistance. The #984 also features a broad fitting Type 1 steel toe cap proven to resist a 200-joule impact. Steel is the safest toe cap material available, providing the highest level of resistance to punctures, cuts, and rolling side compression. Additional features include a convenient heavy duty YKK zip, moulded TPU bump cap to increase durability and a padded tongue and collar. For more information, visit: 60 HARDWAREJOURNAL.COM.AU | OCT '21