I’m a volunteer FF/EMT and I’m on my 3rd pair of the ATAC 8 “ Sheild since 2008. My first pair lasted me unti 2012 the tread was worn down couldn’t have asked for a better boot they wore and felt like tennis shoes. So I ordered another pair they didn’t last as long about a year and a half the leather was separating from the sole of the boot at the toe on the left boot after about 8 months of use I contacted 5.11 about it and was told they don’t offer a warranty on their footware. So I ordered some Reebok safety boots they held up good but weren’t very comfortable so I limited my use of them. Now I’m on my 3rd pair of the ATAC 8” Sheild that I got in March of 2017 and by September 2017 the leather is separating from were its stitched to the zipper about 1/2” long I love how these boots feel and look but quality has gone down over the years in my opinion. I’d love to give these 5 stars as they are comfortable right out of the box that you could open the box and wear them for a 12hr shift and not feel like your feet are going to fall off but they are breaking down to quickly within a year thus why I give them 4 stars.
Only boot I will wear. I had my right foot crushed in 2002 with toe amputation the bottom of my foot is very sensitive to hard surfaces now and this is the only boot that is comfortable to wear all day (12 or more hours) with out a orthotic insert
Great boots. On my third pair and will be buying a fourth. Great traction on all surfaces, especially wet surfaces, but not great on ice and snow. Very waterproof and comfortable. Hold up really well to all environments. Great Customer service. Had a problem with one pair of boots after 1 year. The company sent me a brand new pair at no charge. This is the only pair of boots I will buy.
Absolutely love this boot. I've used this boot in multiple settings, and can't wait to get my new pair of 5.11s soon. Between working the back of the ambulance, working in a healthcare security setting, and volunteering with my local Search & Rescue, this boot has not disappointed.
Just had my second pair arrive.
First pair have been through approximately 6500 hours of duty over two years, plus off duty wear.
The sole tread is getting worn down but is still serviceable, the protective clearcoat layer has peeled off in a couple of small spots, and the leather is starting to craze and crack around the heaviest creases where the boot flexes most when walking.
Due to the safety toecap not flexing, they are still parade-inspection-ready, with a mirror shine only marred by a few minor gouges.
The only serious damage could probably have been avoided; DO NOT PARADE POLISH THE BOOTS WITH THE LACES IN THEM.
Doing so has seen the lower laces absorb melted boot polish until they are quite stiff and cable-like.
This has pulled on the eyelets and caused the eyelets to unfold like a flower on the inside, pressing jagged metal edges against the leather of the tongue.
This has cut six semicircular holes right through the leather and the waterproof membrane beneath, (which I discovered when I walked through freezing floodwater, and had my boots fill instantly, with ten hours left in my shift).
While no longer waterproof because of these hidden punctures, the boots are still neat and tidy in appearance, comfortable, and fully serviceable.
I had absolutely zero hesitation in ordering a second pair now that the tread is finally wearing below ideal parameters.
I will continue wearing the first pair as my go-to off duty footwear, and I would estimate they have at least one more year of off duty utility, perhaps two.
Five stars well earned.
I would recommend something like Leather Luster (if they still make it) to protect the shine on the toe. Other than that, I purchased these for Private Security use back in 2002-3 and used them working for the TSA in 04-05 and still wear the same boots to this day. Since I am no longer required to keep a shine on them, I use them for daily use/work. I like them because of the composite safety toe. Tread still like new, couple of the eyelets have come off, but I just keep them tied. The webbing inside the side zip have holes, but as I said the sole is like new. I want to purchase another pair, but my current part-time employment doesn't come close to buy a pair just yet. Any boot that can sustain all the work I've used them for 15 years later is a great boot in my book.
I am on my second pair of this boot. Very comfortable after a short break in time and very waterproof for at least the first 6 months or so. First pair I wore daily for 2 years at an electric utility company. However The black leather on the toe of the boot nicks easily and then the black finish starts to flake off then you start having waterproof failing "wet toes". Fixed that by frequent silicone spray and boot wax/polish but felt I had to keep doing it too often towards the end of the boots life. At 2 years the leather on the little toe side split open where it meets the sole. Most of the issues are normal wear but I wish that the toe was made with tougher leather or maybe had a toe protector. But I like them for the price so much that I bought a second pair. I have tried several brands of tactical boots and so far this is my only repeat purchase.
I first bought a pair of these boots in 2003 as a last hope of finding a good pair of boots that would last more than 6 months against the non-skid surface of the decks of Navy ships; the first pair lasted well over a year. Since then, I have bought a new pair almost every year; some pairs are better than others, but overall I have not had a bad pair of these boots. Since being in the military I have had several jobs ranging from fire / EMS to government service. I now work in a remote industrial area and spend a lot of time walking over desert terrain and these boots are still my first choice. For the price, they are the most comfortable / lightest / durable boots I have found and will continue to buy these boots as long as they remain available
I only buy 5.11 boots and this is the best pair of boots I ever owned. I do have some scuff marks but I wear them for work its to be expected. I plan to add some mink oil before winter. The fit is great I wear the same size as my under armour running shoes.
I have worn these boots every day for the past year and a half. They do everything from hourly patrols while at work, to running after a two year old, to hiking and going on adventures both urban and in the wilderness. They are more comfortable than any other pair of boots I have worn hands down. The tread and waterproofing holds up well over time. However, the sole has started separating from the rest of the boot for me, which just happens after this much use. The only other issue I have had is a blowout on the inside of my right toe area where the reinforcement cap ends along top of the sole line. I will absolutely be buying another pair to replace these but hopefully I can get a bit more life out of my next pair knowing what to take care of and what to avoid.
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