Magnum is celebrating our 40-year anniversary for supplying uniform and protective footwear across the world. Since 1982, Magnum has been providing high-performance uniform, tactical and protective product with credibility second to none. It is the mission of Magnum to be the best in class by delivering unsurpassed products designed for its end users. Distributed in over 100 countries, Magnum attacks the marketplace with unmatched comfort, innovation, technology and value in uniform footwear and apparel used by law enforcement, military, fire and rescue, emergency medical and service agencies around the world.
The Magnum story
Hi-Tec Sports (the pre-cursor to Hi-Tec Magnum) was founded in 1974 in the UK. Hi-Tec’s original success grew from the breakthrough design and development of Hi-Tec’s first ever shoe, the Hi-Tec Squash, specifically designed for the then fast-growing game of squash. An industry benchmark then and now, few shoes in athletic footwear history have recorded unit sales of over 18 million pairs worldwide to date. The Hi-Tec Squash remains Britain’s all time bestselling sports shoe model to this day. Hi-Tec Magnum was born in 1982 through a demand from the FBI training centre at Quantico, Virginia, USA, for lightweight, athletically built black tactical boots. Until this point the officers were wearing the Hi-Tec Sierra Lite Hiking boot, but the request came for an all-black, high-top version with a shineable toe, giving birth to the original tactical boot constructed using sports shoe materials.
In 1983 the first ever Hi-Tec Magnum tactical boot was introduced. Once the FBI spread the word, the demand came to supply this product throughout the USA, as more law enforcement and security personnel wanted the comfort and super light performance of this ground-breaking product.
As demand grew for this type of boot, Hi-Tec invested a great deal of time in researching what the end user wanted from Magnum boots. The identified requirements included a need for several variations of the popular style in a mid-cut, and in full leather, waterproof and steel toe versions. Following several years of R&D and customer research, the first ever complete global Magnum footwear collection was launched in 1990.
Once Magnum was well established across the USA, the demand from around the world increased, which meant that the collection needed to appeal to different climates, tastes and approaches to uniform requirements. A global Magnum footwear collection was created.
In 2001, Magnum officially separated from Hi-Tec to become a stand-alone brand. As the Magnum business grew, it became apparent that Magnum could stand on its own two feet as a brand, backed up by dedicated design, development, sales and marketing teams.
Today Magnum boots are the preferred footwear for military, police, fire, emergency and other services throughout the world. The ethos is still, however, very much about innovation both in terms of design and components and about listening to wearers’ need and integrating them, as far as possible, into any new product.
Magnum fireboots – the Vulcan story
The Magnum Vulcan range of product line was created when the market called for something new, innovative and specific to the Fire / Rescue market. We are a company that has always stuck to its core principles and is proud to be built on innovation and value. It is of critical importance that we never lose sight of who we are as a brand. Listening to our customers and developing products to fit their needs has allowed Magnum to become the Number 1 uniform footwear brand in the world today.
In Australia, all the Magnum designs, development, research, field testing and a proportion of the lab testing are undertaken locally. Magnum product lines are specifically designed and developed for the Australian market conditions. Denstock work directly with EMS Agencies across Australia to refine and develop product lines for the Australian market and environment. We don’t use global models or designs that are made for the Northern hemisphere conditions and change them to meet the AS/NZS standard.
The Vulcan range is the leader in firefighting footwear. Over seven years ago, Magnum started with a blank page and worked tirelessly with our branded partners like Vibram, AP Armor, Poron, Agion, Ortholite and I-Shield with the vision to create the lightest technical and performance-driven firefighting boots ever offered.
Vulcan AP Armor and Vulcan Wildhike
Magnum is proud to introduce the Vulcan AP Armor and Vulcan Wildhike, the brand’s first 100% vegan, lightweight level 2 and wildland fire boot. Taking innovative synthetic materials and working with top industry partners, Magnum has developed a fire boot made to withstand the hottest and toughest conditions, whilst incredibly lightweight at only 860 grams for the Vulcan CT CP AP Armor and 825 grams for the Vulcan CT CP Wildhike
As the original innovators of lightweight uniform and safety footwear, Magnum has always had a pioneering spirit, and this is evident in the partnerships and technologies used to develop the Vulcan AP Armor and Wildhike.
These boots alter the way we think about what is required for heat protection in our footwear. The Vulcan AP Armor and Wildhike upper textile is a combination of materials. Nomex is a flame-resistant fabric which won’t melt, drip, or combust, providing a superior barrier from external hazards. This combined with Kevlar delivers higher reinforcements against rips, tears, and abrasion. Lastly the inclusion of Teflon safeguards the boots, repelling dirt, mud and water, keeping boots clean and lightweight.
For more information, go to www.denstock.com.au