My feet also tend to slip on them a bit inside the boot. Over the years, Dan has worked with the SOF community on different types of specialty footwear, and was approached by the U. Can they work without sending the boot in or without photos?
The Lowa brand is great as it has a wide selection from desert to mountains to lightweight. So for now we would go with the Lowa Zephyr boot. The Bates is an all around work horse for about any situation. SEAL Team Six guys wore gaiters very light weight over their pants leg and top to hiking boots to keep out sand and debris.
Altama lightspeed boots and jungle boots. The Altama Jungle boots boots are hard to beat them as they are good to go. I have not tried them myself but the Vasque Juxt get good reviews online. The SEALs train in the ocean, mountains, desert, jungle and swamps so they use several different boots for varied terrain. Yes; start out slow with a 10 to 20 lb ruck and hike in hills. Do team guys wear Merrell boots? Yes; check out the info from an operator in the article above.
What about nike sfb vs lowa zephyr gtx? Both are great boots and I would try a pair on and see how they fit your feet. Where can i find more info about operator and contractor tactical boots? Check out the list above. What is best boot for ruck march? What are the best hiking boots for Afghanistan? What about the salomon jungle ultra vs nike sfb? Both are good lightweight boots. I would try both on and see which one fits your feet the best and then go from there.
What about rocky s2v vs swat boots? Both are good boots so I would try both on to see how they fit first. What about salomon shoes vs merrill shoes? Both are good — find out which one fits your feet the best. What about merrell vs vasque boots? Or scarpa boots vs rocky? Both are good so you need to see which one fits best. If not, make sure to check out our review of Athletic Greens — Tim Ferris favorite supplement.
Special Forces Boot Reviews. Very sturdy with great support and solid water proofing. What are your thoughts on LALO boots? Several not all of the above options I would not consider for heavy use in constantly wet conditions. The construction would just not survive heavy loads, rugged terrain or water logged conditions. The holes in the insole board mimic the holes on the Jungle outsole and they both line up when put together. The black rubber insert sewn to the forefoot of the insole board has monofilament mesh on the bottom, as a barrier against debris and rocks entering the boot from the bottom drainage holes.
The next insert is a spacer A , which can be added or removed to accomodate bare feet, thinner or thicker socks. Above that is a removable shank B , the OD green insert, that can be slid off from the contoured footbed C. The shank can be removed, along with the spacer, if even more additional room is needed in the boot for extra thick or neoprene socks. Both the shank and contoured footbed are pretty stiff when put together, and along with the internal insole board, provide much of the boot's stiffness and support.
The contoured footbed is is firm but comfortable, and perforated with a lot of small holes. These holes match the ones on the shank. The bottom of the shank features channels connecting the holes, which encourages water between the bottom of the shank and spacer to run into those channels and out the holes in the bottom of the boot. TPU is Thermoplastic Polyurethane, which is a high-performance elastomer with excellent abrasion and chemical resistance, and high tensile strength.
Between the outer mesh and inner lining is reticulated foam padding, which also does not hold water. I found that the padding actually adds warmth to the boot, yet the boot is very breathable as it's open to the air.
Additional rubber reinforcement is found at the heel and toes which also aids in climbing maneuvers. Boot fit - All boots are fin compatible, so they can be used under the water, however they work just as well on dry land. The boots are only available in full sizes, so if you're normally a half size, which size OTB boot you get will depend on which side of the 'half size' you're on, and what you'll be using the boots with - barefoot, thin or thick socks etc.
The OTB website explains how to purchase the correct size. Luckily, the removable inserts allow quite a bit of size adjustment for different situations. I wear an 8. The size 9 OTB boots were roomy, but I think were the correct choice instead of 8s. Odhin Boot - The Odhin boot shown below is in sage green also available in black , and is a higher cut boot than the Abyss. General Impression - The Abyss boot looks like a basketball shoe at first glance, at least that's what some people thought when they saw me wearing them.
The boot upper is made of mesh, with the TPU fabric covering the toe box and strips on the sides forming the lace loops. The tongue is fully padded and has a lace loop for retention. The Odhin is not just a taller version of the Abyss, but styled differently and has less exposed mesh, and the outer mesh has a finer weave. It's more miltiary-looking than the Abyss, in my opinion.
Both look well made and the materials felt durable. The lace loop channel are quite snug on the laces, and you can't just pull the ends of the laces to tighten up the whole boot; you have to adjust them lower down, working your way up.
Both the Abyss and Odhin felt very comfortable when I first put them on and I wore them daily since I got them. More 'sneaker-like' than combat boot-like. While the heel is pretty stiff, the forefoot part of the sole is quite flexible. The contoured footbed has a relatively flat profile, without much arch support.
I really didn't find that to be a problem at all. While the Odhin has less exposed mesh than the Abyss, I didn't find that it felt any hotter than the Abyss. Actually, my feet felt a little cooler in the Odhin. The Abyss seems to have slightly thicker reticulated foam padding, which might explain it. Both are well ventilated - this was apparent when I wore them while riding my motorcycle. Air flowed freely through the boots and out the bottoms of the soles.
Both boots had excellent grip on all dry surfaces. But enough about wearing them dry; on to the wet stuff. In the wet - I tried out the Abyss and Odhin on separate occasions.
I had originally been sent them together, but I wanted green Odhins instead of black and sent them back for exchange. While waiting for the green Odhins, I tried out the Abyss first. I'm fortunate to live near the coast, so testing the boots in the ocean was quite convenient for me.
I dragged my wife down to the beach as my photographer, and proceeded to walk out into the surf up to my thighs. I was wearing a pair of Zensah synthetic socks with the Abyss, which are medium weight. I waded in and out of the surf, making sure the boots were completely soaked.
The water was filled with sand as well, entered the top of the boot. I walked up on the sand and let the boots drain a few times, then went back in the water. It was actually difficult to capture the water draining from the sole as it'd empty out before I had a chance to snap a picture. When I was done wading around in the water, I came back onto the beach and proceeded to walk around in the sand.
Sand had entered the boot from the top, but with the socks, I didn't really feel it. Very lightweight and comfortable. The majority of the water drains out within the first few steps, but there will be some water remaining in the mesh, recesses of the boot and socks. This leaves some wet footprints for a while, but you can accelerate the drying process by stamping your feet if you have the opportunity to shake it out. At no time was there sloshing or squishing whatsoever in the boot, and although my socks remained wet for a while, my feet felt comfortable.
A week later, we headed down to the ocean again, this time to try out the Odhin boots. I can't say I noticed much of a difference between the two boots - the Odhins drained super fast as well. The higher top did keep more sand out when I trudged around in the sand, kicking it around. I also think the finer mesh and less exposed mesh kept more sand from entering the inside of the boots through the boot body, but it's difficult to tell as there was sand everywhere anyways.
This time I wore thinner socks and they dried more quickly, but weren't as cushy. I did take my socks off and try the Odhins barefoot. This, I wasn't a fan of. Call me a wuss, but I just don't like wet sand in my shoes with bare feet.
I'd go with thin sock liners at the very least, but that's just me - Mr Tenderfoot. I wore the soaked Odhins until all the water had disappeared, and they were just damp.
Both the Abyss and Odhins stayed damp for a couple of hours after the initial soaking, drying as I wore them and my feet hardly noticed that they'd been wet a half hour before. More than two decades ago, when my friends and I would go hiking in the mountains, requiring multiple stream crossings, we'd all be wearing Vietnam jungle boots, because they were relatively inexpensive and were the only boots with drainage vents that we could find.
Even though they had drain holes, we'd be squishing in wet boots for quite a while. Plus, they took a long time to dry. If only I had OTB boots back then, they'd have been perfect for that particular usage. I turned on a garden hose as much as it'd go, and put it into the boot. The boot simply would not fill up with water - it drained it as fast as the water was coming in.
See the video here. Does the siping work? It's not really an apples to apples comparison as I didn't have an unsiped version of an identical OTB sole to test, but I compared it to a couple of other regular boots Danner Acadias and Merrill Sawtooths, which both have Vibram lugged soles. I poured some water on smooth tile, and wore the OTB Odhin on one foot, with the other boots on the other foot.
I tested the perceived traction by twisting and sliding my foot on the wet tile. I was skeptical, but I did notice a difference between the OTB boots and the others. The OTB sole offered more resistance to slipping and twisting, while the others while not bad , were easier to break traction. That being said, traction in the wet will almost always be worse than when dry, for most materials. I also wore the Odhin to the range, which is all fine sand and dust, to see if it'd make its way into the boot through the soles.
After a day at the range of running around, some fine dust did make it into the insole, but nothing of concern. A few shakes and it was gone. Traction was as good as or better than regular combat boots, due to the softer compound on the sole. Cleaning and Maintenance - After my dunks in the ocean, I first rinsed the boots off with a hose, then filled up a bucket with water and submerged them, shaking them in the water. Quite a lot of beach sand accumulated at the bottom of the bucket, and I repeated the process.
If you spend or have spent time around the sand and ocean, you'll know that sand is just a way of life and it gets everywhere and is pretty much impossible to get out. If you go jogging in the sand, your running shoes will have sand trapped in the mesh and fabric for the rest of eternity. The sand trapped in the mesh doesn't affect comfort, so it's no big deal to leave it in there. After the boots dried in the sun, which took a few hours, I tapped the heels together and shook out a bit more sand.
Eventually most of it comes out, until the next time you go into the ocean. Besides the military, OTB has found additonal markets in the fishing, boating and water-recreation arena. Even though they're a specialty boot, they function just fine for daily wear in a dry environment. In summer, the added breathability can be a desirable factor.
In any case, if you work in around the water and need a boot such as this, chances are OTB Boots will meet your needs. Additional User notes - I asked Dan if he had any tips or feedback from other users and this is what he had to say:. A variety of sock combinations are being used. All you have to do once out of the water is peel off the Seal Skin and continue with the mission.
Every guy is different, some guys will wear wet socks, some guys will change. All in all, these boots dry pretty fast, so I can see the guys possibly not changing out due to time constraints depending on the mission. Bragg are also using these in a hot jungle climate.
The drainage features make these great in any wet condition. The boots dry extremely fast, making for great overall foot health, especially in wet environments.
During dry use the mesh should prevent most sand from entering. Thanks to gravity and due to the drainage features, most sand finds it way to the bottom of the footbed, thus not causing any irritation. Because of the synthetic materials used in the boot, they are extremely easy to clean, a simple hose off with fresh water or dunking them in a bucket of water will clean the boots.
As for durability, much depends on the user, and this is true for any product. The boots are for special situations, and excel in any wet mucky environment. If cared for cleaned regularly they should last a long time. They are not necessarily intended to be used for 20 mile marches with a 50 lb. It is very light weight, compared to the standard issue military boot. If you will wear a 3mm neoprene sock, I would also go up a size.
A Seal Skinz sock works great if you are not getting water over the top, however many are simply using a mid to heavy weight wool sock in warm environments. There have been no issues with the siping regarding wear. You may find some small stones the size of a grain of salt lodged into some of the siping, this is normal, the next few steps you take will expell the stones.
The main goal in putting together OTB boots was to get the water OUT of the boots, this increases overall foot health if the boots are worn for an extended period of time. If your feet are happy, you have a happy sailor or soldier. Bad feet makes it tough to do your job in the military…. Apparently, quite a few people were thinking the same thing, as Dan said that a line of land boots was in the works. The Bushmaster is a mid cut 7" boot while the Ferdelance is a taller approx 9" combat boot suitable for uniform wear.
Both are available in Black and Desert Tan. The Thor TC is a mid cut boot that is patterned after a climbing boot, and designed for speed and agility. Bushmater and Ferdelance Manufacturer Specs applies to both: It is a mid cut height for those wanting a 'faster boot', and no need to blouse the bottom of the pants legs.
It is a very light weight boot and suitable for the hottest climates. Boot uppers - The black Bushmaster upper is made of a combination of mesh nylon and microfiber PU, resembling leather. The tan Bushmaster has the same mesh nylon, but uses cow suede instead of the PU for the reinforcements. The black boots are lighter than the tan ones, due to the material make up.
The heel cup and toes on both boots are covered in a layer of rubber material, which protects against scuffs and scrapes, while adding some stiffness and shape in those areas. It also provides traction when climbing. The same reticulated foam as used in the Abyss and Odhin boots is used as padding for the entire upper, and does not hold water.
The inside of the boot is lined with smooth nylon mesh fabric. The top three loops have plastic inserts which allow the laces to be pulled tight from the top, speed-lace style.
The laces are of the variable 'sausage' type, with alternating narrow and thicker portions. These help keep the laces from slipping and untying. A nylon pull tab is provided at the rear of the boot. It's made of a high quality blown PU polyurethane foam with high rebound properties and its superior compression set over time.
It does not break down and compress as quickly as EVA, which is used in most running shoes. Slightly harder pads the red areas are used in the fore foot and heel to further lengthen the life of the footbed. The Drilex top wicks moisture and is antbacterial. The completely man made materials embrace water rather than just repel it like leather.
Leather boots are fantastic, however leather tends to dry out and crack over time, and must be treated constantly. My normal water boots before the Odhins were the timeless Altima jungle boots. I still love those jungle boots, but they took almost a decade to break in and still do not feel as comfortable as the OTB Odhins do out of the box.
Every time I get home from a trip with the old jungle boots, I have to wash them out, re-treat and polish them to retain their strength. The other military boots that are now issued have a notoriously heavy outer sole, but these OTB Odhin soles are very light and pliable.
The weight factor is important in the light footwear, as the thinner sole does not wear the feet down with unnecessary tread. The single most defining characteristic of the classic jungle boot is the drain holes on the bottom instep of each boot. This feature has saved thousands of soldiers from foot rot and bad fungal outbreaks, as the water drains out with every step.
With water proof boots, any water that does manage to go over the sides will stay in and squish with every step, and cannot drain out. The bottom of the lightweight sole has holes to allow water to escape through. Many readers, upon hearing this, may wonder if dirt can penetrate the boot. The holes in the bottom of the boot are reinforced with a mesh backing keeping particles out.
The mesh is not fragile either, as I have yet to see any bad thorns or sticks penetrate through the tough mesh membrane, or the bottom of the shoe. These Odhin boots do not have the odor control treatment of a Keen Sandal, however they dry out quick enough to thwart any bad growth of odor causing bacteria. This is mostly due to the fact that air can pass out of the boots easily. The airflow through the footwear is surprising, on a cold drafty day I found myself having to block my boots from the wind when dangling them in a hammock.
Not all of the boot is made of mesh material, as there is rubber on the front and back of the shoe, near the boot tip and the heel. It is the same high impact high abrasion rubber found on climbing shoes, and functions to help protect the two most common points of impact on the footwear. Normally these are the first area to go when reviewing a boot, as most of these new fangled hiking companies just epoxy them on and call it a day.
The OTB guys were smarter than that though, taking care to use both stitching and water friendly epoxy to hold the bumpers on. The interior of the Odhin boot is lined with a quick drying material called spacer mesh, a textile commonly found on many running shoes. In between both sides of the mesh, there is reticulated foam, a type of foam that has zero water absorption.
The Odhin boot is entirely cotton free which is a welcome feature for anyone who knows the problems with cotton and water. Cotton holds water and sucks the heat right out of the user, and takes forever to dry. Inside the heel of the Odhin there is a man made imitation micro fiber suede, a water friendly material that prevents blisters in the back of the heel. Inside the foot pleasing aqua boots you will find an integral insert system comprised of three different removable shank layers.
Two of them are plastic, and connect together. Finally, at the end right before the outer sole starts, there is a final highly compressed EVA Ethylene Vinyl Acetate material.
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