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GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from New York
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I bought these boots for $120 on 5/3/14. I'm sure people want to know the current condition of them after this many years of use. I used them mainly for paintball, usually going through deep mud puddles. I play about one to twice a month for about 6 to 8 hours of various forest terrain. I am constantly crouching and ducking so the boot does bend often at the ankle. Unfortunately, this is the weak spot. I have attached a picture of where the boot literally rips at the seams. For 2 years 4 months of limited usage, I am slightly disappointed at the fact that my threads and just about everything about it is still great if only they had not cheapened their craftsmanship on it. Fit and comfort otherwise is amazing. I however; usually wear my shoes until the threads are worn down and this is probably my first and only pair of Bates that I will be purchasing.

5
5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from OH
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Felt true to size, the boot is lightweight for all day wear, and construction seems to be of good quality. The sole did not offer the padding that I was hoping for so I returned them and will try the Magnum brand next.

GX-4 GORE-TEX®
GX-4 GORE-TEX® Posted:
Reviewer: from Las Vegas, nv
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I've worn Bates for years now and have always bought the same size. These particular ones are a bit tight in the width, but getting better as I break them in. I'm hoping they continue to get more comfortable. Bates have always been a durable and comfortable shoe and I expect these to be no different.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted:
Reviewer: from MN
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Super light weight. Comfortable for a 16 hour work day. The tread has held up well. Nice slip resistance in a commercial kitchen as well as on snow and ice.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from Minnesota
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I ordered these boots along with the Danner Lookout EMS boot to compare for a new pair of boots for working as an EMT. Overall, the books look good and were extremely light-weight. Did not feel like I was wearing a boot at all--more like an athletic shoe. One complaint was the cut of the boot. I have a very wide foot (8EEE), and ordering these as an 8.5EE were too narrow for me. My only other complaint was the composite toe. Didn't seem as protective as other boots I've seen. Pros: Super light-weight Professional look Looks like they will take a polish well Comfortable right out of the box Cons: Narrow sizing Small toe-box Composite toe doesn't seem that sturdy. Also just covers the toe tips, not the full toes Nylon detailing looks less professional than a full-leather boot

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from Cleveland, OH
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Love these boots. They keep my feet warm and dry, even in the nasty Cleveland weather that I work in. My last pair lasted almost 2 years. This pair I have had approximately 5 weeks and the left sole is detaching from the boot! Wth?!

Velocitor Waterproof Zip
Velocitor Waterproof Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from New Boston, Illinois
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Fits well. width is narrow.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted:
Reviewer: from New Jersey
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Quality comfortable shoe that is very light weight. I wore them all day right out of the box with no problems. When I ordered them I didn't realize that there was a similar model with a side zipper which would have made them easier to put on and take off. Great shoe!

8
8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from CA
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Not like the old Bates that I wore in the military. Bottom (shoe part) seems comfortable enough. Top ankle (boot part) is very uncomfortable, even for short periods. You feel each and every seam. I wear tall socks, but they still don't ease the discomfort. Would not recommend this particular boot, and would not buy again.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted:
Reviewer: from Knoxville, TN
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

If you hate wearing boots but have to...congratulations, you are about to be amazed. I've been wearing boots for 21 years (for work) and these are my all time favorites. They are the closest thing to a sneaker without being a sneaker. Cool in the summer, lightweight and as comfortable as it gets. I do recommend ordering a half size smaller. 21 years as a machinist, 10 hours at a time. Trust me on these boots. Only bad thing is the insole isn't up to par with the rest of the boot. I found that to be the case with all boots though. You'll love them'em!

Ultra-Lites
Ultra-Lites Posted:
Reviewer: from Midwest
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I debated on several styles of this type of tactical boot. Ordered a 9 but needed a 8.5 for a true fit. These boots are very comfortable and give me lots of ankle and arch support. Good for concrete floors and standing on a ladder and they bend fine on steps. My knees and feet felt better immediately after wearing these but I didn't write a review for a few weeks in case it was a fluke. It wasn't, these are quality boots. Love the fitted design and the style doesn't look like military with regular blue jeans. One boot rubbed my leg by the zipper so I had to wear thicker socks. It's hard to find fitted boots with my high arches but I love these and will buy them again when they wear out. Love Zappos exchange policy, it was very easy. :)

5
5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from Hillsdale, NY
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these boots. Right out of the box, they were comfortable and fit perfectly. They are surprisingly light and the zipper is a lifesaver. I recommend them without qualification.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

As far as sizing is concerned I purchased a 10. For reference I wear a anywhere from a 10-11 in sneakers. I wear a 10.5 in Nike running shoes (which i think are most relatable shoe for people to judge size on/ also i have an average foot not narrow not overly wide) so i decided to order a 10 because boots are usual gratuitous in space. These fit perfect, just enough room for thicker socks if needed but fit like a glove. Out of the box, these look and feel quite sturdy. the stock laces are sort of short, you'll notice when you need to loosen the laces to get your foot in initially, that there isn't much room unless you decided to lace them one lace hole down from the very top. The zippers feels quality but I can't really speak on it I've had them for all of one week. (I work in LE sector) GorTex is great the construction is neat and seems quality. I was hesitant because Ive heard mixed reviews on bates but I'm pleased so far. You'll also notice that the heel is very locked in it almost grips the back of your foot, very reassuring when in loose terrain. Yes you can shine these.

5
5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

More comfortable than expected for a durable work boot with protective toes. The side zipper makes it much easier to put on and take off boots. I would buy them again.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted:
Reviewer: from Detroit, Michigan
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Light boot, durable quality. Good grip on the sole.

5
5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from lewistown, pa
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Excellent Boots like the look and quality of the boots unfortunately these did not fit me.

Lites® Black High Gloss
Lites® Black High Gloss Posted:
Reviewer: from Texas
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

The description shows made in the USA. I received the shoes today and they were made in China.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted:
Reviewer: from So. Cal.
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Overall I'm satisfied with these work boots. I wish they had longer laces and extra loops but nothing major. Fit is true to form, well for me anyways.

8
8" Tactical Sport Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from Wisconsin
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Surprisingly comfortable right out of the box. I expect a pair of boots to require more break-in. I lace boots pretty tightly, which makes it a little difficult squeezing them on and off using only the zipper. I prefer this to a sloppy zipper or loose fit. Rode my motorcycle 40 miles in January in Wisconsin the first day I got them. It was cold, raining and very windy, and my feet stayed comfortable and dry. Walking in these boots, I don't feel like I'm wearing ski boots. Wore them over to my dad's house, and he liked them so well he ordered a pair.

Ultra-Lites
Ultra-Lites Posted:
Reviewer: from Maryville
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I will be returning these they are the most uncomfortable boot I have ever put on

Delta 6
Delta 6" Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from Rochester Ny
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

As soon as I put these shoes on I fell in love. The individual comfort wheel under the insole is great! Just gotta try them on a few times to see where it needs to be and trust me once you got it you'll know it! They are light and flexible. Good traction and stylish actually for work in my opinion. Definitely worth the buy.

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