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Forget the Danner's
on April 13, 2011
Simply put, these are the best boots I've ever owned. I currently own 2 pair and rotate them and will soon be buying another. Out of the box they feel more like sneakers than boots. The zipper on the side has held up on my pair for 3 years now and they are still as waterproof as the day I bought them.
I've been a State Patrolman now for 3 years and had the same pair since I went through skills and the academy. I've ran and marched for miles and somehow I never got blisters with these. I've tried bates and Danners, but I personally like these best. The waterproofing is great, you can literally just stand in water up to about 8-10 inches and be high and dry. The soles on my boots are warn, but for 3 years use, I'll call it a victory. I know alot of LE people love the Danners. They brag about how they can be resoled etc.. and it is true, you cannot resole these boots. But they will last long enough, and since no one is handing out awards for longest worn pair of boots, I'll just by another pair of these when they die.
Most importantly I should mention the leather on the toe and sides takes polish extremely well. Get a large tin of Kiwi Parade Gloss and hit it with some cotton balls for a mirror shine. I can get a inspection worth spit shine in no time at all and look better then anyone in bates or rockies. I've only seen Danner's shine as well as these. I will be retiring my oldest pair with a high polish as my dress pair.
For a negative, the pocket is useless and stupid. A handcuff key... Really? You'll also be dead long before you could get the 1 inch knife you could fit in there out. Also, there is velcro at the top to hold the zipper down that is really good at ripping out my hems. Either a snap or if they switched the hook and loop would be better, but I also had my hems rather sloppily done and after a professional redid it it hasn't been an issue.
Best boots I've ever owned.