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Style# 12321

Skyweight Waterproof Side Zip Boot

Average rating of 77%
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Purpose Built

Tactical excellence meets lightweight utility in The Skyweight Waterproof Side-Zip Boot, featuring non-metallic construction for agility, plus a waterproof, breathable membrane for enhanced safety.

Features and Benefits

  • Lightweight, agile, responsive tactical boot
  • Waterproof
  • Non-metallic construction and support


  • 8 mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Side-zip
  • Ortholite® insole
  • Full-length CMEVA midsole
  • Nylon shank
  • eVent® waterproof, breathable membrane
  • Full-grain leather and nylon construction
  • Non-metallic construction
  • Forefoot lugs
  • Arch lugs
  • Heel brake
  • Supports 5.11® Blood Type Patch Kit
  • YKK® zippers
  • Imported
Product Reviews

Ratings and Reviews

 3.9 average rating

(based on 8 reviews)

77 %

Comfortable, Run Tight, Cheap Zipper

 Rated 4.0 stars

From Robert


This boot is extremely comfortable, however they run tight so if you purchase, purchase at least a half size larger. This was my first set of boots that were side zip. While the zipper doesn't hinder the comfort, the zipper is cheap and broke on me twice. If you use the zipper to take the boots off quickly it's fine, but if you use the zipper to put them on you'll probably break the zipper. Overall its a great serviceable boot.

Only giving it 4 stars due to price compared to quality of zipper.

Skyweight zip boots

 Rated 5.0 stars

From Mark


I owned this boots for 1.5 years, love them beautiful and after a week of constant use finally break the in. only issue is the zipper not strong enough to hold all the action that was put true in law enforcement. I try to replace the zipper but its a especial one that can't just be replace. Usually boots last me only about a year so i can't complain.

9 out of 10

 Rated 4.0 stars

From Travis


These boots have been good to me. I've got about 1.5 years out of them. Durable tough lightweight. Only thing is is both insides of the heels are completely gone and I have no support, they have sucked my heels back into the boot and my feet have been hurting for months now. Other then that I'm a C\O and I would recommend them for being on your feet.

Serious durability issue

 Rated 2.0 stars

From Youri


Unfortunately, I am not happy with theese boots because:
1) The zipper is useless for me. As soon as I tie the laces as tight as I feel cofmortable with, my foot can't fit into the boot without a lot of effort.
2) As previous reviewers metnioned, those are narrow. I add that they are also low (had to remove insole to not have exceptional pressureon big finger's base
3) While items above might to some extent be personal thing, this one is 100% the issue: the sole starts to separate right in the middle of the heel on both boots after a month of pretty causal use. And by causal I mean mostly general work commute and some weekend walks in the park, i.e. nothing compared to what those boots are advertised to survive.

It is worth to mention that here those boots are listed as
but the pair I have are
Will go to local retailer to check if the "Premium 5.11 dealer" means something.

Given that I had durability issue with 2 previous 5.11 boots (namely Recon Desert and Speed 2.0), I cannot put more than 2 stars.

5.11, you make great pants, but footwear is certanly not a strong side.

Not sure they are worth the money.

 Rated 3.0 stars

From Kmac


I work for a fire department and a ambulance service. Bought these boots for the blood borne resistance, waterproof, and side zip. Within a few weeks of owning them the side zip membrane has suffered multiple rips. And after about 7 months of use the heel has worn out to the point where it hurts my heels when I wear them if I don't pad them. For $150 I would expect better durability out of my boots. I work part time in fire and ems, so these boots do not see the abuse a full-time person would give them. I am disappointed in them. They are extremely comfortable and great boot.s just not durable


 Rated 5.0 stars

From Ray


Best boots I've ever owned. More comfortable than most sneakers I've ever worn.


 Rated 0.0 stars

From Gregg


Sending Back for bigger size otherwise seem good. I'm an 8.5 W in Army Issued HW boots.I ordered a 9W in these and that was a mistake. The toe area is so tight my toes are numb. Consider when you order may need a bigger size.

Great Boot

 Rated 4.0 stars

From garrett


I just received my boots the other day. So far I have been happy with them. The seem really tough and i already tested how waterproof they are by walking in snow and puddles. My feet never saw a drip of water. they are very light weight and the ankle has a good amount of flex so you are not limited to movement when running or walking. The only Con's are the size, I would recommend getting one size bigger they just seem a little on the tight side. The last thing is the zipper and top of the boot. It seems a little small of the size of my calf. I would consider my calf size to be about average and its just a bit tighter then i would like.
Over all i would definitely recommend this boot to my fellow LEO.

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