I LIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO AND HAVE WORN THESE BOOTS FOR THREE WINTERS. AWESOME!
I WOULD BUY THEM AGAIN.
They are everything they say they are. The boots are comfortable without brake in.
The only problem I have with them is that they don't have 'oil and slip resistant' on the sole. My job is overly safety conscious and won't allow them on the job.
I have been an ATAC boot fan since they were introduced years ago. I reluctantly tried the TacLite boots for summer and found them to be a great summer boot and was thinking how could a lightweight boot work for winter. I was expecting too much insulation and sweaty feet.
Two snow storms here in the midwest and I really like these boots. Granted, it hasn't been "cold" yet, but I think these boots are the perfect balance between in and out of the squad car and office on a daily basis. My feet are not too hot or too cold. I have great traction on snow and ice. One improvement would be softening the sole for cold winter use but otherwise a good addition to the boot line-up.
These boots feels too hot at temperatures between 0 and -5 C, normal between -5 and below. At -15 and below you will need warm socks.
At -25 C Winter TacLite boots is still warm, but rubber on the sole becomes hard as a wood.
Maybe, it is close to the temperature limit of these boots, but unfortunately, it is not a limit for winter in our region.
It's only been a week and there was not any break in period. So far the boots have been dry and warm. I have a 12EEE foot and the wide width is great. Still need some snow and ice to gauge traction.
These are my day to day boots.
In our region, winter has already begun (actually, it happens not every year), so I have already tested these boots in not so cold (-5 C) but very wet weather.
Water protection is very good and it is easy to dry.
It is light and very comfortable. Actually, I have never seen such quality from boots made in Russia.
The only thing that has disappointed me is it's size.
Actually, I wear size 42 boots (8.5 or 9), but as for winter boots, I choose one size bigger to make a room for a warm sock. So I bought size 9.5 (or 43) and it fits me as if it was size 42.
If I haven't made this reserve, these boots wouldn't been fit me.
Maybe, I'll write another review after a month or two, when I test these boots in the real frost.
Thanks for attention and sorry for bad English.
I bought these boots for the coming long winter ahead and I live in a very cold area. I have worn these boots out a couple times and have no doubt they'll keep my feet warm and dry. I have a cheaper pair of boots I bought locally but feel they weren't warm enough and I've been eyeing the 5.11 Winter Taclite boots for quite awhile and finally bought them just in time. I will see how these boots hold up through cold months but so far I really like them. Thanks 5.11!
Boot itself is warm and waterproof. Quick break in and great fit. Unfortunately the soles are to hard. The boots are loud on solid surfaces and have a poor grip on icy surfaces. The lack of traction prevents this boot from being an excellent winter duty boot.
I was looking for a pair of uniform winter boots and researched several styles and manufacturers before I finally decided on the 5.11 Winter TacLite. I choose these after seeing a demo pair at a conference I attended in Anchorage, Alaska.
I live and work in Kodiak, Alaska. Winter weather here ranges from driving winds, rain, snow and ice. I needed an all around boot. So far the Winter TacLite has not disappointed. The special winter sole has done well on the ice. Other boots I've worn didn't. The boot insulation has kept my feet warm in some very bad weather.
Overall the boot looks good and is comfortable to wear. Performance has been better than I expected. The only thing I don't like about the boot is the side zipper. When I bought these I didn't realize they were a side zip. The zipper works however and I'm getting used to it. It's more a preference thing.
I recommend the Winter TacLite for those looking for a good all around winter boot.