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Bates Footwear GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Reviews

28 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

78%Rated 5 stars

4%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

4%Rated 2 stars

13%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

78% "Felt true to size"

81% "Felt true to width"

61% "Excellent arch support"

24 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 1/5/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I've worn these boots about 300 days of the past year. I bought them for motorcycle boots but they are so comfortable I wear them for anything. They are very stable and prevent my foot from rolling. I wish they were a nubuck or rough side out, since I hate to shine shoes. I recommend them highly.

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4 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 11/7/08
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:4 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Hard Charging Boot Tester - I'm in the coast guard and always on the go...I've been through several pair of boots in the last few years. To save money I started buying BATES brand boots from the Base Exchange. I have to say they are comfortable with hardly any break in period, but have a notoriously short life span. I work on a flight line and pound about 3-4 miles of concrete a day...let me tell you with these pair of BATES the tread was worn "flat" within 3 months, maybe I just walk wrong, but I doubt it. I would not recommend these to anyone who cares about durability...even some of the seams are coming up.

Additional 8 GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Bates Footwear Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 5, 2011

Anonymous

from Cooperstown, NY

I'm a paramedic and these boots have been through everything with me. I will never go back to anything else. Cool enough in the summer and warm enough (with wool socks) for winter while protecting my ankles and keeping me from slipping. I'm on my third pair and they last me about two years of hard use and I'm sure when these give out I'll get another pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 1, 2011

Anonymous

 

I use them for motorcycle riding and am very happy. I've worn them all day when I rode my bike to work and didn't feel any discomfort. They are well ventilated and are pretty light. Haven't tested them in the rain yet. One thing: they seem to fit better for people who have "tall" feet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 7, 2010

Frank S

from Long Island, NY

This boot fits really well. I followed the advice from other reviews. I ordered one size smaller than what I usually wear. The lower size fit perfectly. The zipper is great and the boot feels really warm. It appears to be well made but winter has not come yet so time will tell.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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February 16, 2010

J. C

from Newark, Ohio

This is a great product at a great price at Zappos. I wear it for everyday patrol, it is great for running and has good traction on all surfaces.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 14, 2010

Don K

from Lake Tapps, WA

These boots are the greatest. Can't say anything bad about them. I should mention that I had to order a size smaller than I usually do. My true shoe size is 13-1/2, but nobody in the world makes that size, so I always order size 14 shoes, since 13s are always too small. With these boots, a 13 was perfect for me. So if you wear a half size, you might want to round it down.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 1, 2010

Anonymous

from Bellingham, WA

After a month, I'm still delighted with these boots. They're comfortable and very well-made. The fit is very precise, so be forewarned. I'm usually an 11.5; ordered the 12 to allow for boot socks. Nope, felt huge. Ordered the 11 thinking they just ran large. Nope, too short. The right size is just the right size. After too many pairs of cheap "light hikers" over the years, it's gratifying to feel like these are going to last for years. The side-zip is a terrific design; more boots should do that.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 31, 2009

Anonymous

 

I purchased these boots from Zappos to replace an identical pair that I had purchased about a year and a half before for use at work as a full-time paramedic, so I'll make some comparisons between the old and new. The old pair has a slightly different cosmetic design but overall this seems to be about the same style and fit. It is a snug fit and seems to be taking a while for the boot to break in properly, but I believe this was an issue with my old pair as well. The old gore-tex sock/boot ripped free of its attachment to the inside of the boot about a year ago (six months into its use) and may have damaged the waterproofing of the old boot. So far the gore-tex sleeve in this new boot seems to be more tightly secured. Here's to hoping. When first wearing the boots they are very tight and almost difficult to slide my foot in and out of the boot because of the gore-tex layer and sock or whatever. However, in time this breaks in a bit and I expect that this will not be a problem. The waterproofing on the boots is very good, and they are nice and warm in icy cold weather. One caveat is that like any rubber-soled boot, they have pretty good slip resistance on wet surfaces, but not ice. If you are using these in winter, buy yourself a pair of crampons or grips like Yaktrax. These boots offer great ankle support and decent arch support - I recently slipped on ice at work on a fire scene (see above) and broke my leg. Were I not wearing these boots, I am pretty sure I would have had a much worse break. Overall, I like these boots as this is the second pair that I have owned.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 7, 2008

Anonymous

from North Carolina

Hard Charging Boot Tester - I'm in the coast guard and always on the go...I've been through several pair of boots in the last few years. To save money I started buying BATES brand boots from the Base Exchange. I have to say they are comfortable with hardly any break in period, but have a notoriously short life span. I work on a flight line and pound about 3-4 miles of concrete a day...let me tell you with these pair of BATES the tread was worn "flat" within 3 months, maybe I just walk wrong, but I doubt it. I would not recommend these to anyone who cares about durability...even some of the seams are coming up.

Brands I'd also recommend: Bellville 800st

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 21, 2011

Sat k

from San Francisco, CA

For looks only! I bought these boots hoping they would be functional as well as look cool. they look good but they are flimsy. I can bend the toe of the shoe back to touch the laces with barely any pressure: they provide very little support. I emailed Bates and their response was not helpful.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 21, 2011

Sat k

from San Francisco

I bought these boots hoping they would be functional as well a look cool. they look good but they are flimsy. I can bend the toe of the shoe back to touch the laces with barely any pressure: they provide very little support. I emailed Bates and their response was not helpful.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 21, 2011

Sat k

from San Francisco

I bought these boots hoping they would be functional as well a look cool. They look good but they are flimsy. I can bend the toe of the shoe back to touch the laces with barely any pressure: they provide very little support. I emailed Bates and their response was not helpful.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

August 12, 2012

Anonymous

from Western Nebraska

The boot is excellent for motorcycling. The service you provide always amazes me. Zappos does create the WOW experience.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

July 2, 2012

Peter C

from Kerrville, TX

Bought these primarly as a replacement boot for Harley riding.First test was on a 1,320 mile dual sport motorcycle ride from Anchorage AK to Dawson City, Yukon. We rode 400 miles of gravel and through rain. My feet stayed warm and dry for the entire ride. I wore the boots several hours per day both while riding, walking and hiking. They performed better than expected and are well worth the price paid. So far, I am very happy with my purchase. I have narrow feet so added an inner sole to tighten the fit.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 21, 2014

Eric S

from Kansas City, M.O.

These have to be the best boots that I have ever worn. I am flat footed and have tried a lot of different boots and tried tons of insoles and nothing compares to these boots. They are warm, dry, light, and they are definitely the last boots that I will buy.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 5, 2014

Anonymous

from NYC

WATERPROOF...so its not breathable...will make your feet sweat but that's the point I guess... they are stiff when you get them but a week in to wearing them a few hours a day made them very comfortable...good grip on sole, deep grooves mean you bring in a a lot of snow unless you have that bristle boot cleaner by the door.

Brands I'd also recommend: redwing

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 21, 2013

Anonymous

from Philadelphia

I bought these for work when I first became an EMT. I have worn them 50 hours a week for the last 3 years and they have stood up to everything I put them through. Waterproof is right, you can stand in 8 inches of water in these and have dry feet. They have always been light and comfortable, flexible enough for maneuverability, but still tough enough to protect your ankles. After 3 years, I have worn the sole completely off so it's time for a new pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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May 21, 2013

Doug H

from Mays Landing New Jersey

These boots arrived in 24 hours. Great service. They fits well and feel great. Thanks for making these boots available.

Brands I'd also recommend: BATES lol

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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February 12, 2013

Anonymous

from CT.

Of the three pairs of Bates boots that I just ordered this is the only pair with a "gusset" under the zipper (to further waterproof the boot). This is not described on the web site. For me this was important.

Brands I'd also recommend: ?

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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January 9, 2013

Desharri

from Yellow Springs, OH

I bought these boots for month-long motorcycle trips where I also like to stop for a hike each day and can't afford the space to pack extra boots. These boots fit great. My heel is secure, my toes have plenty of room. My orthotics fit very well under the insole which tells me there's not a lot of arch support in the stock insole. The tie + side zip system makes it easy to keep the perfect fit. I haven't tested them fully yet for waterproof or hiking, but they are so comfortable I haven't taken them off for three days. the notch in the back prevents a pressure point in my achilles especially when driving. I saw the other reviewers talk about the boots being very hot. Hot feet don't bother me so it wasn't a drawback but I can see what they mean. I am female and the size chart US female to male conversion didn't make any sense based on the length of the sizes so I used EU sizes and ordered a full size bigger than the chart recommended. That worked thankfully and the boots fit great.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vasque

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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December 26, 2012

Tim

from michigan

I have owned the same pair for a year and a half I love them I tell anyone who ask where they can get them I pound gravel cement dirt, mud, sand, asphalt and some they are a great maid boot and the zipper makes it so much easier when I get home!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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December 19, 2012

Anonymous

from Arlington, VA

Purchased for flight duty (no steel toe required). I've worn Bates products previously while in the Marine Corps so I was familiar with the brand. I've had these boots for about a month and they are holding up well and are very comfortable. Temp can get a little warm, but that is to be expected of any Gore Tex boot. These do appear to run a little narrow, I normally wear an 11 regular, but based on the reviews I ordered an 11 wide and they fit perfectly. These are a great value when compared to other sites (LA Police Gear, 5.11, etc.) and combined with Zappos exchange policy makes this a no brainer.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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September 18, 2012

Anonymous

from Ogdensburg,NJ

My husband is very happy with these boots. They are very comfortable and supportive. Bates is the only brand he will wear.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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January 4, 2014

Jordan S

from The great state of Missouri

Bates makes great boots but I do have a few problems with these boots. I am a truck driver so I work outdoors around a Midwest winter. Once these boots got salt on the leather they absorbed water. If you buy these and use them on salted streets get some good boot wax for leather. Once I did this they were water resistant. I would definitely not consider these waterproof, though. Still these make great work boots.

Brands I'd also recommend: Bogs , Rockys,

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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