I rated this boot at 3 stars only for the fact that the inside of the boot by your heal wears out fast. I purchased my boots a little over a year ago, they wear great, the outside is tough, sizing is spot on, my feet don't hurt, even with the factory insoles. I'm career firefighter and my boots get their fair share of wear, but with some general care and maintenance they still look new on the outside. Now the inside is a different story, after 8 months a hole on the liner of the boot started to form and now it's huge, when I take the boot off the liner gets caught on my heal causing the liner to come with it. For the price of these boots I don't feel they should be degrading this fast. Others in my department have had the same issue with these boots, causing them to stray away from 5.11 footwear completely. I hope this review helps anyone in the market for a station boot, and helps 5.11 in finding a solution to this problem if they so choose to work on it.
I have purchased 5.11 boots for years. Always been happy till I bought these. When you take off the boots the whole insole tries to come out with foot. Even after I always unzip and untie to take off. Insole no longer connected to bottom of the boot. With each step both boots make a loud squeak from the heal, heard by anyone near you. Stopped wearing then in first month or two due to this. Very disapointed.
The first thing I noticed when I put them was how comfortable they were. There was no break in period, just straight comfort from the starting gate. I had my first pair for years when an accident the could have caused severe nerve damage shredded the top of one of the boots. I'm fairly certain that any other pair of boots wouldn't have protected nearly as well.
I have tried similar, cheaper, boots which weren't as comfortable and didn't hold up to normal wear and tear anywhere near as well.
I’m a volunteer FF/EMT and I’m on my 3rd pair of the ATAC 8 “ Sheild since 2008. My first pair lasted me unti 2012 the tread was worn down couldn’t have asked for a better boot they wore and felt like tennis shoes. So I ordered another pair they didn’t last as long about a year and a half the leather was separating from the sole of the boot at the toe on the left boot after about 8 months of use I contacted 5.11 about it and was told they don’t offer a warranty on their footware. So I ordered some Reebok safety boots they held up good but weren’t very comfortable so I limited my use of them. Now I’m on my 3rd pair of the ATAC 8” Sheild that I got in March of 2017 and by September 2017 the leather is separating from were its stitched to the zipper about 1/2” long I love how these boots feel and look but quality has gone down over the years in my opinion. I’d love to give these 5 stars as they are comfortable right out of the box that you could open the box and wear them for a 12hr shift and not feel like your feet are going to fall off but they are breaking down to quickly within a year thus why I give them 4 stars.
Only boot I will wear. I had my right foot crushed in 2002 with toe amputation the bottom of my foot is very sensitive to hard surfaces now and this is the only boot that is comfortable to wear all day (12 or more hours) with out a orthotic insert
Great boots. On my third pair and will be buying a fourth. Great traction on all surfaces, especially wet surfaces, but not great on ice and snow. Very waterproof and comfortable. Hold up really well to all environments. Great Customer service. Had a problem with one pair of boots after 1 year. The company sent me a brand new pair at no charge. This is the only pair of boots I will buy.
Absolutely love this boot. I've used this boot in multiple settings, and can't wait to get my new pair of 5.11s soon. Between working the back of the ambulance, working in a healthcare security setting, and volunteering with my local Search & Rescue, this boot has not disappointed.
Just had my second pair arrive.
First pair have been through approximately 6500 hours of duty over two years, plus off duty wear.
The sole tread is getting worn down but is still serviceable, the protective clearcoat layer has peeled off in a couple of small spots, and the leather is starting to craze and crack around the heaviest creases where the boot flexes most when walking.
Due to the safety toecap not flexing, they are still parade-inspection-ready, with a mirror shine only marred by a few minor gouges.
The only serious damage could probably have been avoided; DO NOT PARADE POLISH THE BOOTS WITH THE LACES IN THEM.
Doing so has seen the lower laces absorb melted boot polish until they are quite stiff and cable-like.
This has pulled on the eyelets and caused the eyelets to unfold like a flower on the inside, pressing jagged metal edges against the leather of the tongue.
This has cut six semicircular holes right through the leather and the waterproof membrane beneath, (which I discovered when I walked through freezing floodwater, and had my boots fill instantly, with ten hours left in my shift).
While no longer waterproof because of these hidden punctures, the boots are still neat and tidy in appearance, comfortable, and fully serviceable.
I had absolutely zero hesitation in ordering a second pair now that the tread is finally wearing below ideal parameters.
I will continue wearing the first pair as my go-to off duty footwear, and I would estimate they have at least one more year of off duty utility, perhaps two.
Five stars well earned.
I would recommend something like Leather Luster (if they still make it) to protect the shine on the toe. Other than that, I purchased these for Private Security use back in 2002-3 and used them working for the TSA in 04-05 and still wear the same boots to this day. Since I am no longer required to keep a shine on them, I use them for daily use/work. I like them because of the composite safety toe. Tread still like new, couple of the eyelets have come off, but I just keep them tied. The webbing inside the side zip have holes, but as I said the sole is like new. I want to purchase another pair, but my current part-time employment doesn't come close to buy a pair just yet. Any boot that can sustain all the work I've used them for 15 years later is a great boot in my book.
I am on my second pair of this boot. Very comfortable after a short break in time and very waterproof for at least the first 6 months or so. First pair I wore daily for 2 years at an electric utility company. However The black leather on the toe of the boot nicks easily and then the black finish starts to flake off then you start having waterproof failing "wet toes". Fixed that by frequent silicone spray and boot wax/polish but felt I had to keep doing it too often towards the end of the boots life. At 2 years the leather on the little toe side split open where it meets the sole. Most of the issues are normal wear but I wish that the toe was made with tougher leather or maybe had a toe protector. But I like them for the price so much that I bought a second pair. I have tried several brands of tactical boots and so far this is my only repeat purchase.
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