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Best Combat Boot? (Vanity)
self | 05/07/2005 | Neutrino

Posted on 05/07/2005 10:56:05 AM PDT by neutrino

I'm thinking of purchasing a pair of combat boots - I want something durable, comfortable, and suitable for extended walking. I'm in Texas, so heat is a greater environmental challenge than cold.

In this instance, price is not a concern. Quality, durability, and functionality are critical.

Altama seems to have some good products; Magnum has some strong advocates. Corcoran has some proponents - one model is here

Danner has an interesting model here

So, as I asked earlier...what is your favorite? Which would you never use? And why? Quite possibly I'm not aware of the best brands or models, so please don't feel constrained by any of the items I've listed.

Thank you for your thoughts.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: boots; combatboots; footwear; gear; miltech; shoes

1 posted on 05/07/2005 10:56:06 AM PDT by neutrino
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To: neutrino

The ones we just got issued with the ACU's, are the best I've had in 21 years of duty.

They're like slippers, I swear!


2 posted on 05/07/2005 10:57:43 AM PDT by Old Sarge (In for a penny, in for a pound, saddlin' up and Baghdad-bound!)
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To: neutrino

Did you look at Red Wing?


3 posted on 05/07/2005 10:58:15 AM PDT by ikka
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To: neutrino

My dad was a marine grunt and wore danners whenever he was in the field.

Ive also heard that wolverines are good for steel toe boots.


4 posted on 05/07/2005 10:59:45 AM PDT by Little_shoe ("For Sailor MEN in Battle fair since fighting days of old have earned the right.to the blue and gold)
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To: Old Sarge
The ones we just got issued with the ACU's, are the best I've had in 21 years of duty.

Please forgive my ignorance...but could you be a bit more specific about the details?

5 posted on 05/07/2005 10:59:55 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization “is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.” (173))
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To: neutrino

We've been issued the tan boots for desert duty. Incredibly cushioned, and wear great in hot climes.

Mine have "Belleville" stenciled on the suede.

They're similar to the old jungle boots, but lighter.


6 posted on 05/07/2005 11:01:26 AM PDT by Old Sarge (In for a penny, in for a pound, saddlin' up and Baghdad-bound!)
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To: neutrino

My grandmother swore by Magnum.


7 posted on 05/07/2005 11:01:31 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: neutrino
Redwing
Great boots.
8 posted on 05/07/2005 11:01:41 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: ikka
Did you look at Red Wing?

I'm a bit hesitant. I went by one of the stores to get some boot laces. On the positive side, they gave me some laces - they wouldn't even accept money for them. On the negative side, the laces seemed to be of poor quality. And, in this case, quality and durability are key issues.

9 posted on 05/07/2005 11:01:50 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization “is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.” (173))
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To: neutrino
Altama seems to have some good products; Magnum has some strong advocates. Corcoran has some proponents - one model is here

Danner has an interesting model here

And NONE of these are an issued combat boot...

10 posted on 05/07/2005 11:01:54 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: neutrino

once you get a good fit for the boot and all that, make sure you get some good socks and that you use the boots to the point that they are well broken in. After that, they will probably be the most comforable boots or shoes you have ever worn...


11 posted on 05/07/2005 11:02:22 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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To: neutrino
I like these.
12 posted on 05/07/2005 11:05:03 AM PDT by duck duck goose
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To: Old Sarge
Outstanding! I believe I found a link here

Thank you!

13 posted on 05/07/2005 11:05:22 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization “is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.” (173))
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To: duck duck goose

While I appreciate the suggestion, I can assure you that these are not a last minute mother's day present....


14 posted on 05/07/2005 11:06:19 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization “is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.” (173))
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To: neutrino

THAT'S IT! You found them - and a whole potload more!


15 posted on 05/07/2005 11:07:13 AM PDT by Old Sarge (In for a penny, in for a pound, saddlin' up and Baghdad-bound!)
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To: neutrino

Your momma wears combat boots


16 posted on 05/07/2005 11:07:30 AM PDT by sharktrager (The masses will trade liberty for a more quiet life.)
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To: neutrino

http://www.redwingshoe.com/shoe-zoom.cfm?style=8706


17 posted on 05/07/2005 11:08:17 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (If you must filibuster, let the Constitution do the talkin')
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To: sharktrager
Your momma wears combat boots

Well, of course. How else can she help with the crew served weapons?

18 posted on 05/07/2005 11:09:03 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization “is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.” (173))
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To: neutrino

Cochorans are excellently made, I would definitely swear by them. Wore their jumpboots and field boots the entire time I was in the army.


19 posted on 05/07/2005 11:09:25 AM PDT by Combat Boot (Fundamentalists are to Christianity what paint-by-numbers is to art. -Robin Tyler)
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To: sharktrager

I was waiting for that. LOL.


20 posted on 05/07/2005 11:12:30 AM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: duck duck goose
I had Timberlands just like these (sans the pink color) and they were indestructable -- I got many, many years of great use out of them in every kind of rugged clime you can imagine. Sadly, Timberland's build quality has declined over the years.

That said, these would not be acceptable as combat boots even if they were black.

21 posted on 05/07/2005 11:15:20 AM PDT by tortoise (All these moments lost in time, like tears in the rain.)
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To: tortoise

I used to work on an island, where my feet were always wet and I loved Timberlands, but you are right the quality is on the rapid decline.


22 posted on 05/07/2005 11:17:34 AM PDT by duck duck goose
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To: neutrino
These always make quite a statement out on bivouac.

Just kidding! :-)

Found that on an similar FR thread I bookmarked a while back. Consensus there seemed to lean heavily toward Danner.

23 posted on 05/07/2005 11:18:56 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Combat Boot
Cochorans are excellently made, I would definitely swear by them. Wore their jumpboots and field boots the entire time I was in the army.

So I guess you'd be looking at something like this?

Is the apparent lack of a Goretex inner boot a problem?

24 posted on 05/07/2005 11:22:43 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization “is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.” (173))
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To: neutrino
What are you looking to use the boots for? Do you want a pair of "combat boots" because they look COOL, but you also want comfort with them? Or are you looking for a pair of durable, high impact boots, good for hiking in rough terrain?

If your more interested in in a hi endurance boot for hiking, backpacking, rock scrabbling and that sort of thing, go with a mountaineering boot. They fit better, and are more supportive of your feet under heavy load, and have better grip on rocky terrain like mountains.

The only true advantages I see real combat boots having, is higher uppers to protect and support more of the ankle, especially if your jumping (from an airplane). And cost.

A good pair of mountaineering boots will cost you $200+, depending on what you want. A lot of the newer boots have full leather outers, with goretex inners. Great for insulation and moisture wicking. By the way, a light insulation system matched with moisture wicking in a hot environment like Texas would be ideal.

Also, always in any weather, wear a good pair of wool sox. I recommend SmartWool brand, expedition weight. They have plenty of cushioning between the boot and foot, can wick away the Niagra Falls, and are rock solid for holding up and staying together.

As far as boots. My favs are La Sportiva Makalus. I wear them for EVERYTHING. (Except going to weddings and funerals). I've had 2 pair, and am soon going to get a third.

If you go this route, I suggest finding a store where you can try them on, and walk around the store for 30-45 minutes. Make sure they're comfortable and well fitting. And then when you know what brand and model you want and size you need, find them online. I bought my last pair from England saved $65 by not getting them in the US, not to mention another $20 in taxes.

25 posted on 05/07/2005 11:28:29 AM PDT by mountn man
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To: neutrino; Old Sarge; ikka; Ken H; Spruce; 2banana; MikeinIraq; Liberty Valance; Travis McGee; ...
If I my expand the thread to other gear……………….

In July, we’ll be spending three weeks tromping around in the jungles of the Yucatan and near the Guatemalan border. It is a malarial and other insect-borne disease risk area. We will be taking prophylaxis but I want to try to keep the bites on my wife and teen-aged kids down to a minimum.

All our outdoor gear is designed for the cold Pacific Northwest and the mosquitoes here are not that big of a problem.

Any advice about the best “Bug Suit” to use in a hot, tropical climate? I want the best protection that won't cook my kids.

I have been considering the Shannon brand suits that have a double mesh construction that allows a space between the outer mesh and the body so that mosquitoes can’t get you at the mesh/body contact points. However, I don't know how hot this double mesh construction will be.


26 posted on 05/07/2005 11:45:43 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: mountn man
Or are you looking for a pair of durable, high impact boots, good for hiking in rough terrain?

That's more what I'm interested in. Still, good ankle support and comfort are important - even though I have no intention of jumping out of a perfectly good (or even not so good) airplane. And it isn't just rough terrain - the boot needs to have good traction in a variety of areas, including gravel, mud, and regular pavement.

I hadn't considered your solution, but I'll certainly take a close look. Thank you.

27 posted on 05/07/2005 11:51:28 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization “is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.” (173))
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To: Polybius

By all means...and thanks for pinging some great FReepers!


28 posted on 05/07/2005 11:52:28 AM PDT by neutrino (Globalization “is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.” (173))
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To: neutrino

Don't get the Corcorans. Even with extra insole cushions these soles are HARD. Tough to break in, too. Real ankle twisters in big gravel. I had to have some boots when my Wolverines gave out after 4 months and Corcorans is what the PX had, but there are better choices.

29 posted on 05/07/2005 12:14:40 PM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (Kandahar Airfield -- “We’re not on the edge of the world, but we can see it from here")
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To: neutrino

The best combat boot is the one the sargent puts up your butt. :)


30 posted on 05/07/2005 12:22:15 PM PDT by JamminJAY (This space for rent)
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To: Combat Boot

Magnum Amazon 4's beat Corcorans all to hell. Much more comfortable. Issue boots for the Brits. I have tested these and recommend them.

31 posted on 05/07/2005 12:24:44 PM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (Kandahar Airfield -- “We’re not on the edge of the world, but we can see it from here")
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To: Cannoneer No. 4

Thanks for the advice. So, what would you suggest?


32 posted on 05/07/2005 12:30:13 PM PDT by neutrino (Globalization “is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.” (173))
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To: neutrino
Find the guy who finds Bin Laden and drags his effeminate butt out of that cave. Buy those from him. They'll be the best boots ever.
33 posted on 05/07/2005 12:33:43 PM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: neutrino

My husband gets horrible blisters anytime he wears a pair of Corcorans. He prefers Belleville for desert boots. He gets his jungle boots from Altama.


34 posted on 05/07/2005 12:33:54 PM PDT by AQGeiger (Have you hugged your soldier today?)
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To: Old Sarge

Danner makes the sturdiest boots. Nothing can touch them once they're broken in.

Bates makes a decent, moderately prices Nylon/Leather Vietnam Style boot. Good soft soles. Though the sole does tend to wear quickly and is prone to splittling.

Jack.


35 posted on 05/07/2005 12:46:44 PM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Disemboweler of the WFTD Thread)
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To: neutrino

Converse Desert Boots and Magnum Amazon 4 are working for me. The Magnums required no break in.

36 posted on 05/07/2005 1:03:31 PM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (Kandahar Airfield -- “We’re not on the edge of the world, but we can see it from here")
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To: Cannoneer No. 4

Just my personal opinion. maybe Cochorans fit my feet better or something. The field boots were especially easy to put one in front of the other. btw served as #4 for a little bit, what piece are you on?


37 posted on 05/09/2005 6:11:51 AM PDT by Combat Boot (Fundamentalists are to Christianity what paint-by-numbers is to art. -Robin Tyler)
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To: Combat Boot
12-Pdr Napoleon
38 posted on 05/09/2005 11:48:07 AM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (Kandahar Airfield -- “We’re not on the edge of the world, but we can see it from here")
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To: neutrino

Bought a pair of Magnums five years ago and they still look great.


39 posted on 05/09/2005 11:48:59 AM PDT by StoneColdGOP ("The Republican Party is the France of politics" - Laz)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4

ah, very cool. I was on one of these: http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/m198.htm

Was in the only airborne 155mm batallion in the world.

sorry for the thread-jack tho, I never had a pair of cochorans fall apart, and i am brutal on footwear.


40 posted on 05/10/2005 5:41:12 AM PDT by Combat Boot (Fundamentalists are to Christianity what paint-by-numbers is to art. -Robin Tyler)
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To: neutrino
Hi All-

I'm in the market as well for a durable pair of black boots that will work suitably for tough rural work, urban use in poor weather conditions, and can be worn on my motorcycle in a pinch for short rides where I want protective footwear besides specialized motorcycle boots. With that in mind, I'm considering the White's Boots Lace-to-Toe Smokejumpers below.

They're a bit pricey at nearly $400.00, but obviously top-of-the-line and can be completely rebuilt a few years from now. Check the picture to see how the lugged sole is sewn, screwed, and glued to the upper. How much stronger can one get? They're apparently used by wildland firefighters, soldiers, hunters, and others in rough conditions.

I'm also considering some of the Danner models to get a bit of price relief...which would save me about $100.00 as compared to the awesome White's Boots model above. Danner also enjoys a great reputation among outdoor enthusiasts. Here is the double-thickness Super Rain Forest in the 10" version:

Any other suggestions would be sincerely appreciated! Let me know what choices have worked well for everyone else.

~ Blue Jays ~

41 posted on 12/07/2005 8:55:33 AM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: neutrino

I had mine handmade in Korea to fit my feet, complete with a hidden pocket inside for stuff (Razor blade, Dogtag, P-38)


42 posted on 12/07/2005 9:00:00 AM PST by usmcobra (30 years since I first celebrated The Marine Corps Birthday as a Marine)
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To: neutrino

All of Danner's boots used to be made in USA. Sadly, they've recently started importing from China. I have a seven year old pair of Danner mountaineering boots; Vibram soles, steel shank, Gore-tex and Thinsulate. They're my sole footwear when I'm in the mountains of northwest Montana. Not sure what I'll do when they wear out -- some day.


43 posted on 12/07/2005 9:03:33 AM PST by HolgerDansk ("Oh Bother", said Pooh, as he worked the bolt.)
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To: HolgerDansk
Hi HolgerDansk-

There wasn't any definitive information on the Danner website with regard to where all their boots are built. I know the headquarters is still in Portland, Oregon (also the home of Langlitz Leathers...very cool) but that doesn't speak to whether they outsource. If anything, I might guess that the lower-tier models might come from elsewhere.

At the same time, we have to be willing to pay for quality if that is what we desire. It is just taking me quite a bit of courage to pony-up the big bucks for the excellent boots I pictured above. White's Boots offers a great explanation about support, but I'm wondering if that heel just looks a bit bizarre.

~ Blue Jays ~

44 posted on 12/07/2005 9:57:55 AM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Blue Jays
Just researched the Wesco Firestormer and they look like they would similarly be a prudent choice. Same price range since they're $379.00 in stock configuration.

Wesco Firestormer

~ Blue Jays ~

45 posted on 12/07/2005 10:08:42 AM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: duck duck goose

Definitely not my color. ;>

Combat_Boots


46 posted on 05/04/2009 6:18:36 AM PDT by combat_boots (When the government controls the captial, all that is left is tyranny. Tagline by Redwarning.)
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To: Liberty Valance
Red wings aren't what they used to be.
47 posted on 05/04/2009 6:26:29 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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