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Old 01-28-2013, 15:27   #26
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You know what ive got 511's cant remember the model but I cant get them to clear the metal detector so ive not been wearing them recently they are a side zip model.
Yeah, I don't wear the 8" ATACs for that reason. The 6" "quarter boot" size does clear it, though.
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Old 01-28-2013, 21:55   #27
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any idea on how those 2 hold up/build quality?
Oakley assaults last about 2 years and run $140. They are the most comfortable boot I've ever worn, until I tried the ridge. The ridge air-tacs are like a tennis show with air/gel heel, they rock. Had them about 6 months and they've held up great so far.


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Old 01-28-2013, 21:59   #28
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I bought a pair of Breech around November of 2011. They meet two of your three criteria: they are durable and very waterproof. They are a full grain leather upper, and as such are on the heavy and stiff side. They are not light compared to anything but a Danner Acadia, but they are comfortable once broken in. They have a pretty clunky sole, but that contributes to them being comfortable. I find that they are excellent in the cold and acceptable in the heat. I only wear them about 25% of the time, though as the weight is a detracting factor for me.
Thanks for the review. I bought my last pair of Danners a couple years ago and won't buy any more.
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How much are you looking to spend?

Wesco boots are pretty expensive, but they are made in the USA and you can always get them repaired. Even though they will last longer than you will.
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We stopped allowing air-tacs because they rarely lasted past 3 months. They are comfortable, but are built along the same quality lines as pic-and-pay tennis shoes.
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Oakley assaults last about 2 years and run $140. They are the most comfortable boot I've ever worn, until I tried the ridge. The ridge air-tacs are like a tennis show with air/gel heel, they rock. Had them about 6 months and they've held up great so far.


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We stopped allowing air-tacs because they rarely lasted past 3 months. They are comfortable, but are built along the same quality lines as pic-and-pay tennis shoes.
Well that's ****ty news, like them so far. Guess ill just wait and see how far they go


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How much are you looking to spend?

Wesco boots are pretty expensive, but they are made in the USA and you can always get them repaired. Even though they will last longer than you will.
Weso makes awesome boots, but no uniform/duty boots that I'm aware of.



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How much are you looking to spend?

Wesco boots are pretty expensive, but they are made in the USA and you can always get them repaired. Even though they will last longer than you will.
Between $125-300 id prefer a "resolable/rebuildable" boot if possible as I seldom kill the leather its self but often wear out the soles and insoles...and like my Strikers....I love them they are the most comfortable boot I own..but when the soles are gone...they get trashed cause I cant resole them(even though the leather is still decent/not trashed)...id LOVE to have a nice set of broken in boots that I can just get "rebuilt".

Seems right now im running into most of the boots on the market except Danners stitchdowns are "throw aways" wear till sole is gone..spend another $200 on a pair..id love to just send them in for resoling for 1/2 that cost.
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Oh and i checked out Wesco and I kinda ran into the same thing Agent did I saw nice boots but most were regular old "work" boots or linesman boots or such I didnt see any real ones Id be able to wear for "duty boots"...give me a link if im missing something.
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I had asked you guys mostly because Ive been dismayed at so many boots I figured in the $200+ range would have been rebuildable and not just "throw aways" at least resolable..and im finding that NOT to be true..heck many of the $250 ones are still just throw away types(except danners)..and that surprised me a bit I guess. I just expected at the $200+ mark people would be expecting resolable/rebuildable types..thus there would have been more available. Normally I get the throw away types and find them to 90% be JUNK bad thin soles, zippers that rip out, stitching that comes undone, non waterproof, soles that come unglued, or just simply uncomfortable these included(Magnums,Converse,Bates,galls branded,Red Wings,) all these I had something within the first year go "wrong"(one of the faults listed) with them..I cant stand getting them anymore so I figured id just gotten a pair on works boot plan of ones I can wear in the summer(new Ballances) but i dont really have another good pair of boots...thi\us im going out and trying to get something decent on my own dime.(as they wont be safety toed and thats what they want at work)

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I had asked you guys mostly because Ive been dismayed at so many boots I figured in the $200+ range would have been rebuildable and not just "throw aways" at least resolable..and im finding that NOT to be true..heck many of the $250 ones are still just throw away types(except danners)..and that surprised me a bit I guess. I just expected at the $200+ mark people would be expecting resolable/rebuildable types..thus there would have been more available. Normally I get the throw away types and find them to 90% be JUNK bad thin soles, zippers that rip out, stitching that comes undone, non waterproof, soles that come unglued, or just simply uncomfortable these included(Magnums,Converse,Bates,galls branded,Red Wings,) all these I had something within the first year go "wrong"(one of the faults listed) with them..I cant stand getting them anymore so I figured id just gotten a pair on works boot plan of ones I can wear in the summer(new Ballances) but i dont really have another good pair of boots...thi\us im going out and trying to get something decent on my own dime.(as they wont be safety toed and thats what they want at work)
You don't work in facilities, do you? Those are the only ones they enforce that on at my joint, though I suppose technically everybody should have to because of the sliding door we all have to go through coming in.
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Oh and does anyone know if Danner still offers a LE discount I seem to see them low end at around $225 or so at places...I wanted to see if Danner had LE discount before I made my mind up though. Was thinking strongly of the Acadias but cant see paying $280+ I can see paying closer to $200 even

Right now the running seems down to:

Rocky Portlands (very Acadia like at 1/2 the price)
Danner Acadias
Meindl

But Im not sure if the Meindls can be rebuilt/resoled and thats really what im looking for in these ones
I picked up my Danner Acadias from Amazon.com for about $235 with free shipping with prime. Then promptly sent them back becuase they were poor fitting.
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I currently have three pairs of boots.

I found some Danner DFA's on their closeout website for $65, Timberland pro valor boots and Bates goretex lined side zip boots.

The only ones that I am wearing now are the Bates Goretex boots. They seem to fit ok and are not too bad on cushioning but if I walk a lot and its a long day of 12 hours or so my left leg and foot hurts but they may be another underlying problem.

On my Timberlands I had another pair for about a year and towards the end the inner side of both heels was compressed very much, more so on my left foot. I don't know if is a problem with my body (looking into it) or a bad boot. THose are the only pair of boots that have done that. So I wrote out an emali explaining it and they asked for me to send them back. A couple weeks later I got a brand new pair of boots in the mail no questions asked. I didn't have the receipt either. Very good customer service.
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On a side note I want to try out the Haix boots they look pretty sweet.
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You don't work in facilities, do you? Those are the only ones they enforce that on at my joint, though I suppose technically everybody should have to because of the sliding door we all have to go through coming in.
Nope but unfortunately they took their ability to enforce that and did just that. It Sucks.
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I currently have three pairs of boots.

I found some Danner DFA's on their closeout website for $65, Timberland pro valor boots and Bates goretex lined side zip boots.

The only ones that I am wearing now are the Bates Goretex boots. They seem to fit ok and are not too bad on cushioning but if I walk a lot and its a long day of 12 hours or so my left leg and foot hurts but they may be another underlying problem.

On my Timberlands I had another pair for about a year and towards the end the inner side of both heels was compressed very much, more so on my left foot. I don't know if is a problem with my body (looking into it) or a bad boot. THose are the only pair of boots that have done that. So I wrote out an emali explaining it and they asked for me to send them back. A couple weeks later I got a brand new pair of boots in the mail no questions asked. I didn't have the receipt either. Very good customer service.

Ive got like 4:
the Danner Strikers side zip...best boot I own waterproof, good soles, comfortable.

The Cochran(not the jump boot style but i cant remember their name) boots which are also side zip..a bit clunky but comfortable and 100% waterproof up to the tops.

511 which are the higher ones that wont clear the detector they just mostly sit but they had rather thin soles and were just Meh for comfort.

New Ballance 6" which are fine but are kinda more to me "summer/warm weather" boots not waterproof they will be my May-Sept type boots. these are comfortable and go through the detectors
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Nope but unfortunately they took their ability to enforce that and did just that. It Sucks.
I doubt they would do that here. Then all the unit team would have to wear steel toes to get to their offices, and that just wouldn't do, lol.
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I've gone through a LOT of boots. Trial and error. Maybe about 8 different pairs, not including UA tactical runners and my oxfords. I settled on two different pairs: 5.11 Taclite for summer, and Bates Durashocks Goretex for winter. Both have held up nicely, especially the Bates. I got rid of my Acadias and went with the Bates after talking with a Trooper. Good boot, 1/3 the cost. Also, it's warm, waterproof, and much lighter than the Acadia. I believe they have a fiberglass shank. Not sure. I know the 5.11s do. The Taclites are the lightest, most comfortable boots I've owned, including the UA Valtez boots. Those UA boots were way too flimsy and were awful on any kind of wet surface.
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Thanks guys im currently looking at/into a pair of Danner patrols or Acadias(not really worried about the weight) as they seem to meet all my criterias(and I dont know if any of the others I mentioned do..which are comfortable,waterproof,good quality and preferably resolable) I am just trying to figure out if I can get htem at the LE discount through work on my dime by using the LE discount(they said my agency would have to use thier "official" card to buy them for me to get the danner direct LE discount) I dont know if they will do this or not..or if im on my own(most likely) and just looking for best price online..strangely enough online i can find the acadias almost $30-45 chepaer than the Partols(which are just seemingly lower cut Acadiads) which youd think would be cheaper.
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With free shipping and free return shipping, for an exchange, it's almost worth it to me to buy direct from Danner.

I would give anything if Danner would make a 8" boot as light and comfortable as the Strikers, in Portland with stitchdown construction. Probably too much to ask.
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I've had good luck with my Rocky's. I've been wearing the same pair of Rocky Portland boots for the past 6 years. I have had them resoled though. They had a goodyear welt so you can replace the soles when they wear out. The only bad news is that Rocky is not making them in all leather anymore. Mine are all leather and they are comfortable year round. The ones they are selling now have nylon uppers. I like the Rocky Portland model because the tops are cut flat, they don't drop down in the back. We blouse our pants with our class c field uniforms to it makes it easier to keep the pant bottoms even with the top of the boots. The nylon ones may be as good as the leather...but I prefer the leather. I just have to stretch them out for another 20 months then I can retire them along with me.

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Looking at them, it doesn't appear they are US made like the Acadias are. Even the S2Vs are Berry Compliant.
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though I did find a decent deal on Lowa Super Camps for around the same price as te Danners they are also resolable.
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I have bought and tried a lot of boots over the years for Military and Law Enforcement use. My favorite boots by far are the Rocky S2V's in desert tan or black leather. They are not cold weather or water proof. They are duty boots. They hold up well, and fit my feet well, along with supporting heavy gear/being on my feet. They dry out well, fit snug (not tight, but as snug as you want to make them), and hold up well to daily use.
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They are not cold weather or water proof.
They may have to be my summer boots as that is sort of important in these parts.
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