FirstGear Vekter Air Mesh Lo Boots
- Semi-rigid, poly mesh and 100% perforated cowhide leather upper
- Padded shin and heel panels
- Cowhide leather top panels
- Padded panels throughout
- Oil and petroleum-resistant outer sole
- Triple density, ergonomic molded foam insole
- Reflective accents
FirstGear sells these boots in US sizes. In trying them on, we found the boots to run true to the stated size. We therefore recommend that you buy the size you normally wear in men’s street shoes. If you are sometimes between sizes, I’d recommend choosing the larger.
The width of these boots is “medium”, perhaps a C or D width.
In case you already have experience in fitting FirstGear boots, this model, which is new in 2019 fits more “normally” than FirstGear boots from previous years. The older styles ran about one size small as compared to their stated size.
Our Two Cents
The Vekter Air Mesh Lo boots by Firstgear are new for 2019. This model is one of two new 2019 styles from FirstGear. This boot is a patrol/combat style with a lace-up closure. These boots are fully ventilated so this boot will work well in hot summer months.
First, I’d like to say that the two new FirstGear boot styles I’m looking at today, both look pretty nice as compared to boots they’ve made in past years. FirstGear boots have always been “value priced” as compared to more premium brands we sell, so we never expected the same build quality and material as those other brands, but these new boots for 2019 appear to be better quality than the older ones for about the same prices.
These boots have sturdy feeling reinforcements in the toe and heel area and have large and firm circular protectors built into the area on each side of the ankle bone. The sole is reasonably stiff and the insides of the boot are comfortable. I also like the Velcro-close strap at the neck of the boot which can be used to cover the loose lacing ends to help keep them out of the machinery.
The textile sides of this boot are a mesh-type material that allows full flow of air into the boot. I do have a complaint about the textile material though. It feels a bit “light duty” to me. Granted, the side ankle protectors are large and sturdy, but I’d prefer to see materials that have more abrasion resistance than this.
I found the boots to be comfortable right away and the lacing system makes it easy to get the snugness you prefer. The factory images for the boot show silver or white laces, but I’m seeing back laces on the boots for sale. :: Paul, 02-26-19
FirstGear says: The Vekter Air is a lace-up, semi-rigid poly mesh and 100% perforated cowhide leather upper riding boot that blends everyday comfort and protection with padded shin and heel panels, a triple density, ergonomic molded foam insole and an oil and petroleum-resistant outer sole.