MANUFACTURE

Work Rubber Footwear Tigar has been manufacturing high-quality rubber footwear since 1935. We believe that our boots are an ideal blend of superb quality, tradition and top performance. To cater to every need, countless teams have been working hard for eight decades and transferring knowledge and skills from generation to generation. All Tigar boots are hand-crafted, made from natural rubber and top quality materials, and are 100% waterproof. Despite the era of industrialization and advanced technologies, our rubber footwear has retained the hand-crafted approach.
The manufacturing process begins with the blending of ingredients in a two-roll mill and mixer, in one or two stages depending on the types of ingredients used and the required grade of the rubber compound.

Natural rubber is mixed with pigments, accelerators, binders, fillers, activators, softeners, anti-ageing constituents and synthetic rubber, which improve the properties of natural rubber while retaining its core characteristics.
Intermediate products are made applying different technologies, such as molding, calendering, extruding and rubberizing.
Outsoles are either molded or calendered, while most of the other parts of the boot are made from thin rubber sheets. Footwear is assembled manually from intermediates, sub-assemblies and components using different procedures, equipment and tools, depending on the level of sophistication of the end product. Master craftsmen first place the lining on a last and then add rubber parts of the upper. If they are assembling a safety boot, at this stage they incorporate toecaps, stabilizers and insoles, and then install the outsoles and add buckles, straps, laces and labels, as needed. The assembled product is then vulcanized in an autoclave at a pre-defined temperature and pressure, over a pre-set period of time.
Following vulcanization, boots are removed from aluminium lasts and subjected to finishing operations, zero-leakage tests and visual inspection, and then marked and packaged.

Safety Rubber Footwear
Work Rubber Footwear
Work Rubber Footwear

MATERIALS

Natural rubber
Natural rubber (latex, caoutchouc) is an elastomer derived from the sap of rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis). These trees grow on the Indian Subcontinent and in Indonesia, Indochina and South America. Seventy-two percent of the global output comes from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Raw latex is elastic and ductile, and its color ranges from light yellow to dark brown and even black.

Lining
Only high quality lining is incorporated into Tigar rubber boots, to ensure superior comfort. Depending on the type and intended use of the boot, cotton, synthetic, fur, polar, felt, neoprene and Outlast® lining materials are used.

Neoprene
Neoprene-coated boot lining ensures warmth even in the harshest winter conditions. Neoprene is a type of synthetic rubber produced by polymerization of chloroprene. It features chemical stability, durability and high flexibility in different temperature conditions. For example, it is used to make diving suits because of its thermal insulation properties.

Steel shank
The steel shank is a special component incorporated into the outsole to ensure additional stability and safety, and to protect the ankle. It minimizes distortion and twisting, while providing additional support if you are standing for extended periods of time.

Microair
MICRO’AIR® is integrated into Tigar boots under the lining to provide additional protection from penetration. MICRO’AIR ® is a synthetic aramid fiber five times stronger than steel, which ensures temperature stability, high endurance and strength.

MAINTENANCE

Always clean and dry your boots after each use. We recommend Tigar’s special rubber care solution. If your boots are extremely dirty or muddy, first clean them with cold water and a mild detergent. Never use any type of solvent as this may damage your boots. Keep your boots in a cool, dry place away from direct heat and sunlight. Never store your boots wet, dirty, folded, weighed down by a heavy object, or placed upside down. In extremely warm or humid weather conditions, white marks may appear on your boots. This is not a product defect but the result of the protective wax which has been applied to the boots. The marks can be easily removed using a wet cloth.
Caution: Exposing your boots to solvents, oils or animal fats may cause swelling of the rubber, which may in turn increase the risk of slippage.

WARRANTY

Our warranty is fully consistent with the Serbian Consumer Protection Law (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 73/10) and the Customer Complaint Procedure (Tigar Trade, 2011), that is: “The consumer is entitled to submit a written complaint within 2 (two) years after the date of purchase of goods or services (or, in the case of goods for which no warranty certificate is issued, from the time of transfer to the consumer of the risk of accidental ruination or damage), if the goods or services do not comply with the contract of sale within the said period (of 2 years).” The warranty period is the same for all types of footwear
Complaints are recognized if the product was used in accordance with handling and maintenance instructions, in an environment for which it was designed, in the following cases:

- The product has hidden flaws (manufacturing errors or defects in materials);
- The product does not comply with specified requirements or reference samples;
- The defect was not caused by the customer or end user.