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Rhino Laces – Guaranteed Unbreakable Boot Laces

Rhino Laces

It may not happen all that often, but a broken lace on your hiking boots or shoes can be a real problem especially if you don’t have some suitable cord to make a hasty repair. Enter Rhino Laces the 100% made in the USA, fire, abrasion, cut, and zombie proof laces that will never break – guaranteed.

Born Out of Necessity

Rhino Laces are the brainchild of Adam and Justin, two wild land firefighters who found themselves replacing their boot laces several times a year. Their line of work is tough on boots and laces and they wanted a pair of laces that could stand up to the rigors of their job. After considerable research and trying various alternatives like leather, paracord, runners laces, and even kevlar, they were unable to find anything suitable that was currently on the market. That’s when they set about making an unbreakable boot lace by themselves.

Rhino Laces

While flying on a helicopter, on the way to a wildfire, Justin saw something that he believed would change boot laces forever. Two weeks later they completed their first prototype. A flexible, tieable, unbreakable, cut and fireproof boot lace – Rhino Laces.

Kickstarter Project

They quickly realized that they were going to have to find a way to mass produce Rhino Laces, but in order to do that they needed machinery and funding. They turned to the Kickstarter community to help fund the project and make Rhino Laces a reality.

Rhino Laces are not currently available for purchase, but Adam and Justin were kind enough to custom make a prototype pair for me in red to test on my Ecco Biom Akka hiking boots. Side note: I’m told that these are the only pair of red Rhino Laces in the world right now – #woot

Rhino Laces

Rhino Lace Sizing

Due to the fact that these laces are cut proof and fitted with gun metal lace tips, you need to make sure that you get the right size laces to match your hiking boots or shoes. For this reason Rhino Laces come in a varying range of lengths at increments of 8 inches. Fortunately there are two easy ways to figure this out:

  • Measure the length of your old boot laces
  • Count the number of eyelets and add 4 inches for each eyelet. Example: My Ecco Biom boots each have 12 eyelets (six pairs) = 48 inches

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Installing Rhino Laces

Okay, there’s really no rocket science to replacing a pair of boot laces, but Adam and Justin did add a clever little Center Stop marker that makes finding the exact middle of your laces quick and easy.

Rhino Laces

Once the Rhino Laces have been fitted the final step is to attach the lace locking mechanism. The Lace Lock  provides a quick and easy way of tightening the Rhino Laces without the need to tie knots. It makes tightening and loosening Rhino Laces fast and easy. Check out this short video showing how the lace locks work: Rhino Laces РInstalling Lace Locks.

Rhino Laces

Rhino Laces


It’s hard to imagine something as simple as boot laces being reinvented or improved upon, other than through the introduction of new materials. I won’t know just how tough Rhino Laces really are until I’ve put them through their paces on my boots and I don’t really intend to do a destruction test (at this point) to find out.

Rhino Laces

It’s immediately apparent that Adam and Justin have produced a extremely high quality item with Rhino Laces. The finish is flawless and the hand crimped lace tips are perfect. The addition of the Center Stop is very clever and the lace lock mechanism is innovative. These feel like they’re built to last.

I’ll do my best to provide periodic updates on my use of Rhino Laces and their durability. If you are interested in getting your hands on a pair of Rhino Laces, check out their Kickstarter Project page and get in early on what I’m sure will be a sell out.

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I would like to give a huge thanks to Adam and Justin for providing me with an exclusive red pair of custom made Rhino Laces to go with my Ecco Biom boots.

So, what do you think of Rhino Laces. Are they overkill or are they the last pair of laces you’ll ever need to buy for your boots?

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  • Al Quackenbush

    Having a pair of boot laces like that would never be overkill. It would be peace of mind and awesome. Thanks for sharing this, Brian. I am eager to get a pair now.

    • That’s what I thought too! Several people have asked what I would do if I broken my foot or ankle and couldn’t cut through my laces to remove my boots. If I’m hurt that bad and I need my boots removed, then cut through the darn boots. I carry a #Benchmade rescue hook that would slice through the toughest boots like butter, I sure hope EMS carry them too!

  • Ralph

    As a medic I do carry them Brian…I need those laces myself for work!

    • How many eyelets do you have on your work boots?

  • Reminds me of the Bluelace project

    • Shoot, I missed that one! Thanks for sharing. So many great #Kickstarter projects out there now.

  • If something is over stressed to the point of breaking, it will break at the weakest point. I’d prefer that to be a shoe lace than my boot. It’s more a design theory than any practical concern with getting my foot stuck in rocks and I need to cut the laces to avoid whatever disaster. But I go through laces about once a year and have plenty of warning that I’ll need new.

    • You are was too practical and sensible :) What you’ve said makes perfect sense of course. Still, there’s just something cool about laces that can’t be broken if there is a real need for them. I appreciate the thoughtful and constructive feedback.

  • Michael Horton

    As a firefighter I will need to get these

    • They were designed by firefighters, for the extremes of work they do.

  • Despite my obvious obsession with gear, I don’t always know about all the cool stuff that is out there. I had not heard about ArmorCord or IronLaces until you mentioned it (thanks for this distraction) and the testing sheet is fantastic!

    I don’t have any true specs on the Rhino Laces, but they appear to have a poly sheath that will deteriorate over time. I’m guessing the inside core is a wire possibly coated with a plastic – haven’t taken one apart to find out. If I learn more I’ll share. Thanks for this new info, much appreciated :) ^BG

    • pglaskowsky

      Oh, a wire, interesting. Maybe that explains the sheath and the interesting Lace Lock. It wouldn’t be comfortable to handle a wire directly, and even though a wire may be tieable, you probably wouldn’t want to tie a wire into a tight knot very many times. No doubt the sheath helps to increase the minimum bend diameter, but the Lace Lock looks like a more durable solution.


        Hey Mr Glaskowsky,
        You also put this exact comment on our Facebook page. Why are you so interested? This is troublesome to us @rhinolaces because we are just firefighters trying to improve laces. Do you work for armor lace? Or are you an investor with them? We are more than happy to provide a lace for you to test against armor lace. Or simply just take out a pair of scissors and cut armor lace in half. You can not cut Rhino Laces.

        • RHINO LACES

          Also Brian was not entirely correct about what is in them and we have been tying our Rhino Laces for months with no problems. The rhino lace lock is for convenience only.

          • Yeah, I don’t know for sure how the Rhino Laces are made and nor do I intend to deliberately ruin a pair to find out. Besides, even if I knew I would be sharing that publicly without first contacting the guys at Rhino Laces first. It’s their design and patent on the line, don’t want to jeopardize that.

          • RHINO LACES

            Thanks Brian,
            We weren’t trying to start an argument on your blog. We just have to be careful right now. Also we are having Metal lace tips made just for us and they have Rhino engraved in them. Once production is complete we will send you a pair. It looks pretty cool.

            We have had so much interest from folks that have come from your blog. Not just on Kickstarter but also on Facebook and twitter. You are a very influential dude in this realm of the web.
            Pretty cool.
            Thanks Again,
            Justin and Adam

          • Hey no worries guys, no harm done here. You NEED to protect your product and I won’t be letting out any trade secrets, not that I have them to share anyway :) It’s all good. Yeah, I’m big in the shoe laces world ;) LOL

        • pglaskowsky

          I wrote that comment here, and then realized that Brian probably wouldn’t be in a position to answer my questions, so I went to your Facebook page.

          I believe I only sent you my questions there in a private message, not on your public Facebook page, because I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I was hijacking your Facebook presence to promote a competitor. For the same reason, I refrained from asking questions or commenting about your competitors in the comments on your Kickstarter page.

          But since you ask, I will say that I have no connection with the Ironlace people or company, or with the predecessor firm Armorlace, except for being a satisfied Armorlace customer three years ago. I have never received anything free from any shoelace company, and I’m not interested in that now.

          I believe you could tamp down some of this speculation about the materials and limitations of your product by providing additional information, but of course that’s up to you.

          Please accept my thanks for your work as firefighters, and my best wishes for the success of your Kickstarter campaign.

          • RHINO LACES

            No worries it just seemed odd to us. Now that you explained everything… it is cool. Thank you for the support and please forgive us for being uber sensitive. We have already had several attempts from folks to figure out what makes these special and with only a provisional patent in place right now we don’t want to give away the farm just yet. Thanks again and if you ever want to test some Rhino Laces just ask.
            Take Care,
            Justin and Adam
            Rhino Laces

  • Steve

    Where can I get a pair? Kickstarter indicates the project closed on 2/5/14. I want a pair anyway. $20 for the last pair of shoelaces I’ll ever have to buy? Cheap at twice the price.

  • rob

    Reduce the price to $12 and you get five times the sales. I could 100 feet of paracord for $5 that will last a lifetime or some Amsteel blue kevlar whoopie cord and place the outside sheath of Paracord over it and get the same results.for cheaper.

  • Winston Davies

    Got my Scarpa Liskamms laced up with Rhino laces. These are my backcountry hunting boots. I had to crunch the metal ends to get them through the metal eyelets, otherwise they wouldn’t fit. Hopefully this didn’t compromise the integrity of the laces. Other than this they seem like a great product.


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