These shoes are very light weight yet they feel supportive especially in the ankle area. They fit like a glove around the ankles. I am getting older and need support shoes but also need the light weight. That's wear these shoes shine. The seams look like they will not split or crack too.
I bought this boot the first time about three years ago. I like it because it doesn't have a zipper and doesn't have lace hooks at top. It is the only 5.11 that has those features. I bought the boot again and it is not the same quality as the last. The older model had a softer and more comfortable upper section where it meets the ankle. The older model is thicker and fells like better quality.
I had to replace my duty kicks. Found these within my budget. Not bad. However, the lack of padding at ankle and top of cuff may cause chaffing and/or blisters. I got the correct size, but when I tie em up, the tongue digs into top of foot. Sometimes it moves its way to the side and chaffed my inboard ankle. Not so comfy having to be on foot all day. I'll try thicker socks, yet don't need a sweat puddle inside. Otherwise good boot, I'm just peeved I scuffed em on day 2!!
They updated and improved something that was fine so of course that means its not as good now.
Last 2 pairs of these lasted me almost 3 years so I was very happy with the first series. On my feet all day and climbing ladders so supporting footwear is important. Wore them till the toes came apart. Most other brands last about 8 months at best.
The 2.0 series is fine on function but the padding that made them so great before is gone. Across the top of my foot and upper ankle feel like the laces are almost in direct contact with my skin. Dont get the sensation of support to my weak ankles like the older ones had. You will need to wear thicker socks to offset the improvements. I hope to get a long life from these because I now need to find a different brand upon their demise.
This footwear is perfect for the field and the office. No need to change in the middle of missions.
These boots are very lightweight and comfortable-- I wore them the first time, yesterday, hiking through airports and flying. Suspension is great--seems to add a little bounce to the step (maybe it's the Shock Mitigation System), but the sole still grips well to obstacles.
Received a pair for Christmas this year - Used for defensive/arrest tactics training - they are absolutely fantastic - Great for training, active use, field deployment. Great product.
I bought these as a nicer substitute for the slip resistant shoes I had to wear at work. I regret that decision. For everyday use they would be fine, but in an environment where there is oil and water on the floor, these boots failed to deliver.