I am looking for the best boots possible that are waterproof and around the $200 mark. I like trying different brands and models to see what's best.
I am currently wearing 5.11 Taclite waterproof, its only been 7-8 months and they are starting to fall apart and didn't seem to be "waterproof" very long.
Before that I had the Converse (now Reebok) rapid response. They were heavy and inside came apart quick, but weren't bad.
The best pair of boots I had were Blackhawk warriors but at the time were around $300 :s
I was turned off of Magnums when I tried a steel toe boot and the first night I wore them the leather on the toe started to wear and made for an unprofessional look. But maybe that's just the steel toe ones.
So I am open to suggestions on some great duty boots (8" preferred but not a must) and feel free to list some pros and cons for your choices. I am not a fan of Original SWAT.
I'll likely keep buying them unless I find a smoking deal on some higher end ones. . . and I've seen good and bad reviews on almost all the major brands out there (except maybe danners) so who knows if higher end ones really are "better" or not. I think a lot is in your feet and the way you walk plus your clean and polish routine. Like I said, no one else I know likes the Magnums and say they wore out too fast etc .... a bunch of those people preferred the SWAT boots and I HATED them but the Magnums were always okay for me.
My 2 cents.
My only complaints are that MSRP is damn expensive, and the laces tend to get chewed up on the grommets.
5.11 Tactical XPRT Tactical
Under Armour Breech
Hanwag Alaska GTX
The Hanwags are by far the best boot I've ever worn. Fit like a glove, extremely comfortable, waterproof and warm. They are expensive, but well worth it, in my opinion. Don't spend your shift in pain. Invest in a good pair of boots.
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I've had a pair of Bates for 2 years at work that have held up great and been very comfortable.
I stay away from brands like Magnum, Viper, and Original SWAT. Those are low-end uncomfortable trash.
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I keep hearing people say Magnums are great but from the "experts" they are horrible so I stayed away from them.
The brand that I tend to hear is the best is Danner but they come with a price$$$$.
I am surprised that my taclites are coming apart also. So is the dealer I got them from. A friend of mine had the same issued but I still bought them due to the good reviews. Sad they didn't last long
Really considering buying some Haig's. Found a local dealer, gonna check them out.
I've had a pair of Original SWAT (when I brand new and didn't know any better), then went to a set of Blackhawk's - which were also crap.
I've been wearing the same pair of Hanwag Special Forces boots for the past 3 years and they are still going strong and ultra comfy.
Blundstones have been the best by far and still after 5 years in this pair, they are still comfortable but showing wear now on exterior.
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I have worn quite a few different boots from different manufacturers. My recommendation is always spend the money to buy a quality pair. If you are looking for a quality pair, look at Meindl, Han-Wag, and Lowa, and no further.
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Haix didn't serve me well at all. Although they were good at replacing them when a "popping" sound started to happen.
I've been using Bates "Men's 5" Tactical Sport Boot", they are super comfortable, require zero break in, and are nice and light weight...
The only issue I found is the sole seems to wear out rather quickly. My current pair I've had since September 2014 and the front part of the sole is pretty much worn out.
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Has anyone had any experience with the 5.11 Range Master boot waterproof? I'm digging the red and black colour scheme and wouldn't mind a pair for summer wear with shorts, and some athletic training.
My 5.11s are still holding up pretty decent after a year.
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