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5.11 RECON Urban Boot

Purpose Built

The next leap forward in low profile tactical boots, our 5.11 RECON™ Urban Boot is crafted from durable ripstop nylon, roughened suede, and authentic HELCOR® leather for superior control, comfort, and mobility in urban environments. A full length CMEVA midsole and nylon shank enhance torsional rigidity, and a broadened forefoot increases toe splay for traction and balance. The integrated Rope Ready™ Zone provides protection and steering during fast roping maneuvers, while the hidden knife pocket at the ankle enhances utility. The tactical outsole features integrated arch lugs for rope and ladder work and a rear heel brake for mobility. An 8mm heel-to-toe drop provides a low profile and enhances acceleration, a molded exoskeleton structure significantly enhances durability and support, and OrthoLite insoles provide cushioned all-day comfort.

 

Overview:

  • HELCOR leather overlays
  • Hidden knife pocket
  • Internal toe guard
  • Integrated Rope Ready Zone
  • Arch lugs for ladder or rope work
  • Broad forefoot for balance and engagement

 

Specifications:

  • Built from ripstop nylon and roughened suede
  • Full-length CMEVA midsole
  • OrthoLite insoles
  • Molded exoskeleton structure
  • Integrated fence climbing lugs
  • Speed lacing system with lock-out

 

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Style# 11010

5.11 RECON Urban Boot

(13 Reviews)

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$149.99
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Purpose Built

The next leap forward in low profile tactical boots, our 5.11 RECON™ Urban Boot is crafted from durable ripstop nylon, roughened suede, and authentic HELCOR® leather for superior control, comfort, and mobility in urban environments. A full length CMEVA midsole and nylon shank enhance torsional rigidity, and a broadened forefoot increases toe splay for traction and balance. The integrated Rope Ready™ Zone provides protection and steering during fast roping maneuvers, while the hidden knife pocket at the ankle enhances utility. The tactical outsole features integrated arch lugs for rope and ladder work and a rear heel brake for mobility. An 8mm heel-to-toe drop provides a low profile and enhances acceleration, a molded exoskeleton structure significantly enhances durability and support, and OrthoLite insoles provide cushioned all-day comfort.

 

Overview:

  • HELCOR leather overlays
  • Hidden knife pocket
  • Internal toe guard
  • Integrated Rope Ready Zone
  • Arch lugs for ladder or rope work
  • Broad forefoot for balance and engagement

 

Specifications:

  • Built from ripstop nylon and roughened suede
  • Full-length CMEVA midsole
  • OrthoLite insoles
  • Molded exoskeleton structure
  • Integrated fence climbing lugs
  • Speed lacing system with lock-out

 

Ratings and Reviews

 
3.3

(based on 13 reviews)

65 %

Pros

  • Comfortable (4)
  • Durable (2)
  • Lightweight (2)
  • Light (2)
  • Non Slip Sole (2)

Cons

  • Falls Apart Easily (3)
  • Not Water Resistant (2)
  • Slight Tightness In Toe (1)
  • Lack Side Zipper (1)
  • Permeable (1)

Best Uses

  • Hiking (2)
  • During Operations (2)
  • Everyday Wear (2)
  • Hot Weather (1)
  • Brush clearing (1)

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1.0

Do Not Waste Your Money

By Disappointed

from in California

Cons

  • Falls Apart Easily

My profession is

  • Law Enforcement

Sizing

  • Feels half size too small

Was this a gift?

  • No

I have used this product for

  • 6-12 months

Arch Type

  • Average Arch

Width

  • Feels true to width

I understand that the construction of this Recon (and Desert Recon) boot is designed to be a breathable, lightweight boot. What I did not expect is to pay $150 and then have it fall apart after 7 months of VERY light use. I do not wear this boot while on duty because it is not approved. So needless to say, I'm not kicking down doors or in foot pursuits with these boots. All that I am using these boots for is Range training. And I'm not even doing the crawling around. I'm a Range Master/Instructor. All I'm doing is pacing back and forth, making sure no one has a brain fart and bantering students and officers with my witty remarks. But alas, after 7 months of light walking on dirt and grass, every other weekend, this boot has split at the seams. I want my $150 back.

5.11, I am disappointed.

If you are still reading this review, I applaud your efforts and I have a tip for you if you are still planning on buying this boot. The black color boots are 1/2 size too small. The desert color boots are accurate size. I own both colors and so I basically threw away $300 dollars. Too late to return now.

 
2.0

Wouldn't buy these again

By Bram

from Belgium

Cons

  • Falls Apart Easily

My profession is

  • Law Enforcement

Describe Yourself

  • Police Officer

Sizing

  • Feels true to size

Best Uses

  • Everyday Wear

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Non Slip Sole

Was this a gift?

  • No

I have used this product for

  • 3-6 months

Arch Type

  • Low Arch

Width

  • Feels true to width

I'm in these boots 12 hours a day minimum.
After a really long break-in period of about a month they began to feel comfortable and light.
I use them mainly indoors and normal usage.
No running or heavy usage or backpacking of the kind.
Only problem I have now is that the laces are nearly done and the fabric on the side of the boot has torn on both shoes. This only after six months of normal wear.
I'm glad my work paid for them but I can only buy one pair a year so I hope they will last me till the end of the year.
After that I will not be purchasing these boots again.
Not nearly the quality I was expecting of a €160 boot unfortunately..

 
1.0

Would not recommend.

By THOR

from Kazakhstan, Karagandy

Cons

  • Not Confortable

My profession is

  • First Responder

Describe Yourself

  • Outdoor Enthusiast
  • I Wear Boots Everyday

Sizing

  • Feels half size too small

Best Uses

  • None

Pros

  • None

Was this a gift?

  • No

I have used this product for

  • Less than a month

Arch Type

  • Average Arch

Width

  • Feels true to width

Front toe, looks weird. Ankle is being bit by the boot. I love my TacLites they feel like I'm walking on air. These on the other hand I am 100% disappointing with them. 5.11 has been slacking in my opinion. I keep getting gear that keeps disappointing me. I expect more from 5.11. These boots are just not comfortable / the front loooks likeit has too much with and it pops up between the laces making a weird glare when sunlight reflects it. Trust me don't buy these, get taclites. I hate to write a negative review, but I don't want someone else stepping into my boots.

 
1.0

Worst Boot ever

By Matt S.

from Cheyenne Wy

Cons

  • Falls Apart Easily
  • Not Water Resistant

My profession is

  • Law Enforcement

Describe Yourself

  • Police Officer

Sizing

  • Feels true to size

Best Uses

  • During Operations

Pros

  • Great Traction

Was this a gift?

  • No

I have used this product for

  • 3-6 months

Arch Type

  • Average Arch

Width

  • Feels too narrow

I bought this boot for duty back when it first came out back in Oct Nov time frame. I was excited to have a boot from 511 I own alot of their gear and love the pants shirts everything from 511. I took the boots out of the box and they were rough to break in about a mounth. Then in Feb I noticed that the sides are already seperarting from the sole. Completly dissappointed by this boot and wont ever buy 511 footwear again. I was going to order the Recon shoe untill this I fear that quality has failed and that 511 standards have dropped.

 
1.0

Very Limited Support and Stability

By CT

from Columbia, SC

My profession is

  • Law Enforcement

Describe Yourself

  • Police Officer

Sizing

  • Feels true to size

Was this a gift?

  • No

I have used this product for

  • 6-12 months

Arch Type

  • Low Arch

Width

  • Feels too narrow

Pro's of this item include:
(1) Fits snuggily around ankle and lower leg
(2) Since the upper part is thin, you can easily and comfortably wear an ankle holster.
Con's of this item include:
(1) There is very little foot support and stability. This is especially noticeable to you if you have flat feet.
(2) The sole is not rugged. Walking on uneven ground you will feel every bump and rock as the bottom of the boot gives way.
(3) Narrow in the toe box and sloppy fit in the heel.

Do not buy if you are on your feet alot, walk on uneven ground, or have flat feet.
I have a pair of ATAC zipper desert boots and they are much superior. I do not recommend this product and am disappointed with it.

 
5.0

I can wear these boots everyday!

By Vic

from Menifee, CA

Cons

  • Not Water Resistant

My profession is

  • Other

Describe Yourself

  • Tactical Enthusiast

Sizing

  • Feels true to size

Best Uses

  • Hot Weather
  • During Operations
  • Everyday Wear
  • Wet Weather
  • Running
  • Long Hikes
  • Cold Weather
  • Field Training

Was this a gift?

  • No

Pros

  • Rugged
  • Stable
  • Non Slip Sole
  • Great Traction
  • Comfortable

I have used this product for

  • 1-3 months

Arch Type

  • High Arch

Width

  • Feels true to width

I wear these boots everyday! From going to the store down the street, hanging out with the family, and of course great long days at the range! They are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. They even beat some running shoes that I've had for long jogs and quick sprints! They hold up great in the rain but they're not completely waterproof... that's probably the only con. Besides that, they are amazing!

 
3.0

Good boot, could be better.

By CDrew8008

from Prince William, VA

Pros

  • Comfort
  • Support
  • Light
  • Traction

Cons

  • Not waterproof

My profession is

  • Law Enforcement

I have used this product for

  • 1-3 months

Best Uses

  • Flat Range
  • Indoor training

I bought these boots a couple of months ago to wear during work. I am an operator on a full-time SWAT Team. There was a brief break-in period for the boots as the uppers are kind of stiff around the ankles. If 5.11 could improve how the boot folds at the ankle, it may improve this initial break-in. For range, shoot house and training that doesn't involve cold or wet weather, these boots are awesome. I've been on two extensive K9 tracks (2+ hours) through wooded, muddy areas where the boots traction and stability were great; however, my feet were wet as soon as I stepped in water. These boots need to be waterproof! If 5.11 is able to do that and perhaps add a thin layer of insulation, they will have an amazing product. Until that happens, if you buy this boot, stay away from water and mud. 5 Stars when they make it waterproof and do away with the drain holes.

 
3.0

Room for Improvement

By Rocky

from Lake Tahoe, CA

Was this a gift?

  • No

Pros

  • Quality materials
  • GREAT Idea

Cons

  • FIT

My profession is

  • Law Enforcement

I have used this product for

  • Less than a month

I was happy to see 5.11 putting out a minimalist duty boot. However the minute I put them on, I knew they won't work for me. while I like the features and I think the boots could be great, the fit is uncomfortable.

The forefoot is narrow-especially for boots that claim to have been widened for toe splay. I have narrow feet and they are tight against my small toes on both feet, with thin socks. I was hoping for a boot that is shaped like a natural foot, not so pointed and narrow in the front.

The heel is loose, and the foot does not lock in like a good pair of boots. Over time the back of the heel will get rubbed raw or blistered.

Where the foot naturally flexes, the lower lace eyelets dig into the top of the foot. Running or hiking hard will make them unbearable to wear.

I give 5.11 credit for their attempt. The need for a zero drop, minimalist sole duty boot is there. I only found one other manufacturer. However this boot could use a bit more refining to work for me. I think if you have feet that work in these boots, you will probably love them.

 
5.0

More than enough bang for your buck

By Doyle

from Ocosta, Wa

Was this a gift?

  • No

Pros

  • Scratchcut Resistant
  • Easy Get Your Feet Into
  • Durable
  • Well balanced
  • Speed Lace
  • breathable
  • Anti-slip Tread

Cons

  • Slight Tightness In Toe

My profession is

  • Law Enforcement

I have used this product for

  • Less than a month

Best Uses

  • Hiking
  • Brush clearing
  • Security work
  • Climbing

I was worried to get something that had no reviews on it, was looking to get a slightly more expensive set. I was surprised by these, they are similar in feel to the military desert boots, minus the narrow tread leading to ankle sprains. I compare these to the Danner urban boots I've used for roughly five years. These are far more comfortable, I don't feel pain in the bad knee like I do with most footwear. Definitely worth the money.

 
5.0

Like walking on clouds

By Antônio Urani

from Brazil

Was this a gift?

  • No

Pros

  • Tough
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • BEAUTIFUL
  • Silent When Walking
  • Fits Your Foot Type

Cons

  • Lack Side Zipper
  • Permeable
  • Shoelaces With Characteri

My profession is

  • Other

I have used this product for

  • 1-3 months

Best Uses

  • Operational
  • daily

Great product.
innovative design, understated and beautiful.
Very good for everyday use and long working hours.
Your feet can breathe smoothly without any bother.
Should have a version waterproof zipper to reach the perfection of a boot operating.

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