I bought these for riding my motorcycle. I’ve only had them for about a month but I love wearing them! They are a serious boot with a lot of thought in the design and fabrication. Makes me wish the Army had issued them! I felt like a soldier again, only more comfortable and less of a noob.
They offer a solid stance with a comfortable walking taper on the sole, making them not clumsy to walk on hard surfaces. They also offer flexibility by way of the design so the leather doesn’t fold and dig into your ankle for a year before breaking in. They were comfortable straight out of the box. I only wish I had better knees so I could really put them to the test.
First: I wear ATAC/Taclite size 9US wide. These boots are 'european hiking' style so i purchased 9 1/2 wide.
Wore them for the first time today, 0500 boots on, 1600 boots off on feet all day... and my feet feel as good as being in ATAC's all day, GREAT! How well they perform over time we'll just have to see but for now I'm very pleased.
Question: Is it worth $100 more than ATAC's? Hmm... This is a solid top of the line boot. When side by side with my Taclite/Trainer 2.0/ATAC i can see and feel the quality of this boot over the others. Once it breaks in then I'll be able to answer that.