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Best Boots

Postby Otany » Jan 4, 2019 2:52 am

Ok this isn't a new thread for specific boots but what are the best out there.

I am looking for the best boots possible that are waterproof and around the $200 mark. I like trying different brands and models to see what's best.

I am currently wearing 5.11 Taclite waterproof, its only been 7-8 months and they are starting to fall apart and didn't seem to be "waterproof" very long.
Before that I had the Converse (now Reebok) rapid response. They were heavy and inside came apart quick, but weren't bad.
The best pair of boots I had were Blackhawk warriors but at the time were around $300 :s
I was turned off of Magnums when I tried a steel toe boot and the first night I wore them the leather on the toe started to wear and made for an unprofessional look. But maybe that's just the steel toe ones.

So I am open to suggestions on some great duty boots (8" preferred but not a must) and feel free to list some pros and cons for your choices. I am not a fan of Original SWAT.
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Re: Best Boots

Postby KsCaver22 » Jan 4, 2019 6:13 pm

My opinion:

Forget waterproof. There is no such thing as waterproof cave boots. No matter what you get, they will get water in them.

I also think high-priced boots don't work all that much better than Walmart cheapos. You are not going to get five times as much use from $300 boots as from $60.

With that in mind, the boots I use are from Walmart. They are called "Big Timber II". Usually about $60 or $70 a pair. Steel toed, which is not important for a cave. They fit, they last me a year or more, and they are readily available.

The main problem I have with them is after a while - many cycles of getting soaked and then drying out - they get so stiff you have to soak them just to get them on.

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Re: Best Boots

Postby bobby49 » Jan 4, 2019 7:58 pm

"Forget waterproof. There is no such thing as waterproof cave boots. No matter what you get, they will get water in them."

When the U.S. Army was sending troops to fight in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, they equipped them with Jungle Boots which had drain holes near the bottom so that the water could drain _out_.

It depends on what kind of caves you visit. Personally, I use low-cut rigid sole boots, something a little stiffer than my summer hiking boots.
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Re: Best Boots

Postby GroundquestMSA » Jan 5, 2019 8:22 am

"Unprofessional look"??

It's a hole in the ground, not a fashion show. Grow up, get a twenty dollar pair of wellies. Carrion.
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Re: Best Boots

Postby gindling » Jan 5, 2019 9:56 pm

Now, now. No need to call him rotting meat.
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Re: Best Boots

Postby Squirrel Girl » Jan 6, 2019 3:26 pm

To keep your boot toes together better, smear some Shoe Goo on them. Some people do that right away with their new boots.

Carry on.
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