Tactical ATAC Hiking Boots Reviewed

Tactical ATAC Hiking Boots Reviewed
Written by Juliet Walmsley

Tactical boots are supposed to be constructed with the highest level of quality as possible. They are expected to go through just about any kind of adverse condition while keeping its wearer’s feet protected and planted on the ground. If you are interested in a pair of high-quality pair of tactical boots, you cannot go wrong with getting a pair of the 5.11 Tactical ATAC Storm Boot. Purpose built for maximum performance, it is designed to be used by professionals.

The 5.11 Tactical ATAC Storm Boot is an interesting mix of style, comfort, protection, and utility. First, let’s talk about the element of style. The overall profile of the boot is simple and clean, making it a perfect fit in a wide range of outfits. The use of high-quality materials, such as full grain leather, gives it an even more stylish look. Multiple design features ensure that your feet stays comfortable even when you are immersed in intense action. An injection-molded Phylon midsole, a cushioned insole, and a sturdy shank provides adequate shock absorption without sacrificing stability. The leather and rubber upper also provides good ventilation without compromising support or durability.

A proper tactical boot should provide ample protection for its wearer’s feet, and this boot from 5.11 does not compromise on this one bit. Its 8-inch height provides ample protection for the feet and ankles, and it is further reinforced by a semi-rigid heel and toe reinforcement system. Adding more protection to your feet are a water resistant sockliner and a bloodborne pathogen resistant finish. Providing all-around traction for this boot is a non-slip, oil-resistant rubber outsole. Completing the package are YKK zippers, sausage laces, and a tactical pocket.

The reviews for the 5.11 Tactical ATAC Storm Boot has been generally strong, with some users even proud to say that they have purchased multiple pairs of it. Its all-around performance and functional style makes it a perfect fit for just about every kind of situation and outfit. It has the protection and toughness you need from a traditional boot. However, it provides the same comfort that you will expect from a sneaker; you can literally walk and run for miles wearing it and not suffer a blister. It also gets added points for superior durability. With the exception of some wear-prone components, you get an almost bulletproof boot that lasts a long time.

The 5.11 Tactical ATAC Storm Boot is one of the best pair of tactical boots that you can buy right now. It has earned more than its fair share of fans, and there is no reason why you won’t like it as well. It is a highly recommended product that provides excellent all-around value.

Under Armour Valsetz RTS

While best known for being producers of athletic footwear and equipment, Under Armour is not going to be left behind when it comes to producing tactical boots. In fact, their offerings for this line are consistently at the top of rankings in various consumer reviews. One of the highest-rating tactical boots in their product line is the Under Armour Valsetz RTS. Its combination of great build quality, awesome looks, and superior performance has made it a favourite for people who want the best boot available, regardless of price.

The Valsetz is constructed using modern materials, giving it a new-school edge that only a few boots in the market have. The main materials used for the upper are textile and synthetic leather, giving it a lightweight yet durable construction. For added water resistance, DWR is also used for the upper. An abrasion resistant polyurethane film is added at the perimeter of the foot for added stability. The boot itself has a height of 7 inches, and the rubber features lower lugs for a low-profile ride.

The Valsetz is also loaded with a number of UA’s proprietary shoe technologies to give it uses that only a few shoes of its kind in the market can boast of. UA’s ClutchFit technology is used to provide superior ankle support, and it perfectly complements the TPU toe wrap to provide added protection for its wearer’s feet. A G midsole provides sufficient impact protection without adding excess weight to the boot. A TPU shank provides added stability. An Ortholite antimicrobial sockliner is installed.

On paper, such a combination of technologies should make the Valsetz among the best boots in the business, or at least provide a wearing experience that’s different from the usual boot. Based on the feedback of wearers, this is indeed the case. Those who have tried this boot appreciated the high-quality materials, the light weight, the incredible all-around support, and its overall versatility. Some may think that the use of synthetics cheapened this boot, but it’s probably just a matter of taste.

The Under Armour Valsetz RTS is a modern approach to how tactical boots are made. While it may be more expensive than other boots out there, this boot more than makes up for it with its performance and versatility. It’s a must-try for anyone looking for a tactical boot that can be used for just about anything.

Bates Men’s Ultra-Lites 8-inch Tactical Sport Side-Zip Boots

For people who are in the market for a quality pair of tactical boots, but at the lowest possible price, the Bates Men’s Ultra-Lites 8-inch Tactical Sport Side-Zip Boots is a pair that’s affordable without compromising on quality. Advertised to “perform under pressure”, these boots are designed to be worn just about anywhere. These boots are built to be compliant with the demands of uniform/tactical use, while being versatile and forgiving enough to be used for just about every other function.

It all starts with high-quality construction. Bates utilizes 2 time-tested materials for constructing this tactical boot: natural high-quality leather and 1680 denier ballistic nylon. This combination of materials provides a secure yet highly flexible fit. The use of mesh makes the pair as breathable as possible. A cushioned insole also provides more than enough step-in comfort, but you can remove it if you prefer to use a specific insole for your feet’s needs. There is also sufficient padding around the collar. Providing added support for your ankles is the zipper located at the side.

The grippy yet durable rubber outsole is one of the strongest points of the Bates Ultra-Lites. Both slip-resistant and oil-resistant, this boot provides great traction even on uneven surfaces. The boot is also non-metallic, making it electric-safe, a must for those in the construction business. Even if there’s no metal, a safety toe is still added into the design for extra protection. Living up to its name, the Ultra-Lites is about 30% lighter than the usual Bates boot, which can prove significant if you are intending to wear this boot for long hours.

The Bates Ultra-Lites has gained generally strong reviews from people who have tried it. The fit is very good, the materials used are of good quality, and there is good balance between comfort and support. Because of its flexibility, adequate padding, and good support, this pair is a great choice for those who do running and patrolling. On the downside, the insoles are prone to wear, meaning getting a replacement insole ready is a must. Arch support is also lacking. Lastly, the rubber outsole tends to be squeaky in some surfaces.

If you’re looking for the best value tactical boots on the market, you cannot go wrong with the Bates Ultra-Lites 8-inch Tactical Sport Side-Zip Boots. While not the best pair out there, it can give more expensive tactical boots a run for their money.

About the author

Juliet Walmsley

Juliet is a Michigan University graduate of 2003 and a former lead fashion design manager for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Between writing on her blog, Juliet and Co, she loves shopping, chocolate sprinkles and walking on sunny beaches.

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