Ratings and Reviews
Its been about 3 months since I started wearing these boots, and they finally had their first breakdown.
First off, the generic insoles gotta go. Tested them on grass, pavement, dirt, gravel, rocky path. The generics can not custion your feet from gravel or rocky paths. They also provide minimum cushioning. I immediately opted for a pair off athletic insoles from my neighborhood FinishLine store.
Besides the bad quality of generic insoles, I never really had any major disappointment for two (2) months. Beginning of December, the laces showed fraying and a few days later, the left side had frayed down to a few strands of lacing. The rigt side was showing signs of fraying, but not as bad. Mind you, these are generic shoe laces, not paracord. So, I'm surprised how long they've lasted. Visited my local sports shop for paracord, but they had cheap knock-offs for the same price as the real thing. Finally, opted to buy a roll of authentic MIL-C-5040h Type 4's online, and works like a charm.
The boot itself is fine. Stands up to alotta walking on many different surfaces, the outsole is still in good condition, no lacerations, divets, or major wear.
1) replace the insoles immediately, your feet will thank you.
2) replace the laces with paracord, don't settle for less. If its good enough for the military, its good enough for you.
I received my recon boots & was initially very pleased with them. The seem durable yet lightweight & I can move around in them swiftly & comfortably. However, I have only been wearing these boots for around two weeks & I already have a couple of issues with them: 1. I did not receive my blood type patch & the laces are not strong enough. I already have two areas in one bootlace which has worn through to to white inner core in two places & have had to reinforce them myself. Not what I'd expect for this price. Obviously, having only had them for a couple of weeks, I cannot attest to how they will hold up over time but I can only award 3 stars so far. I just hope that I have not been over generous but only time will tell.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.