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Belleville Tactical Research 'TR103 Minimalist Training Boot
|Price:||$129.99 - $134.99|
It's been months since buying these and I still wear them everyday.
- vibram sole
- Grain-out leather and 1000 denier Cordura nylon
- Compression molded EVA midsole, and single density molded EVA insole
- VIBRAM "Tarsus" oil and slip resistant rubber outsole
- Highly breathable unlined upper and padded Achilles support
- Weighs less than 2lbs a pair
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A true minimalist boot featuring a 5mm "drop" between the heel and forefoot, the Mini-Mil is designed specifically for the conditioned warrior athlete currently training in minimalistic athletic footwear. This quick-drying unlined boot is not only highly breathable, but lightweight too weighing less than 2lbs per pair.
The upper is made out of grain-out leather and 1000 denier Cordura nylon. The Mini-Mil features a compression molded EVA midsole and a single density molded EVA insole. The rugged, long-wearing outsole is made of VIBRAM "Tarsus" oil and slip resistant rubber.
Belleville has been making combat boots for Uncle Sam since World War I and is currently the largest boot supplier to the Department of Defense, but when they set out to design a new line of tactical combat boots (dubbed Tactical Research), they did not let tradition hold them back. They pioneered a novel approach that provides everything you need - reliability, stability, and traction - in a lightweight, comfortable boot that provides sure footing and an improved feel for the ground.
Why clunk around with an inch or two of rubber stuck to the bottom of your feet when you can glide through your area of operations?
For Women's Sizes go 2 size down from your regular Shoe size (ie. Woman's size 8, chose a size 6).
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00BPWOP8U
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 6, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
Friggin hot spots jeeeeez. Got em on both of my Achilles. I started putting duct tape on my skin to prevent the hot spots during the break in process but it would still dig in pretty good. I walked around on campus a couple days, took em on a short trail walk and used them at work for a couple days and they barely got better. I started crushing and flexing the boot around the hot spots as much as I could before I wore them again. This actually helped a little more.
I admit that the hot spot could be happening because the boot is not a proper fit for my foot but when I settle my heel into the spot where it should be it just feels like that leather in the back goes up to high past the bend in my ankle and causes the hot spot.
I might try to buy these again at a later date with a size larger because I see the potential in these boots. It just pisses me off that these run small and are so hard to break in. If i can get the hot spot out in a reasonable amount of usage I might bump this up to four stars. If not, I might come back here and knock it down a peg.Read more ›
I understand the reasoning for this feature, but unfortunately the heel cup design promotes ridiculous hot spots. The heel-cup itself is an extremely rigid material, and intersects with some very soft, pliable nylon on the back of the boot, right at the Achilles tendon area. Each step causes the soft nylon to deform and the rigid heel-cup to gouge into the Achilles tendon area.
I read in another review that you just need to give it time to break in. I made the mistake of thinking I could do this and now can't return them. I have hiked with these for many miles over several weeks, tried oiling the heel-cup, etc. It almost makes me suspicious if the heel-cup is made from a ballistic plastic, as it is just as rigid and unyielding as it was the day I took them out of the box.
Wish there were alternatives to this boot, or that Bellville would re-work the design of the heel-cup area.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was floored when I saw a company making a minimalist tactical boot. If your into minimalist foot wear these are a must have. I've had these boots for 3 days and love them. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lantrix
As of right now, I like these boots but I have concerns about the heel cup.
These boots are very light and have flexibility far better than any boots I have worn. Read more
Same problems as all the rest. These never break in....The heel cup is torture on your feet. I am an avid user of minims footwear and I though that I could get these to work for me... Read morePublished 1 month ago by iBuyTooMuch
I had done a lot of research before buying these and knew I needed at least a full size larger than what I normally wear. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex Petz
I wanted nothing more than to love this boot. However, it's like they put little pain shards inside it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought these boots at BMT and the lady told me they run a size small I'm usually a size 10 but they were way too small but the 11 fit perfect. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jarad
These boots are usually awesome, this is my third pair as I go through boots like crazy. Anyway, these are the same size and material but seem to fit a bit large. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeremy
These boots are the best option I could find for a barefoot type hiking boot. With winter coming on I felt like I needed more than my zero drop shoes and these boots were the best... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy
After dealing with foot pain for years, Podiatrist said to wear high arch insoles and don't go barefoot. Research led me the other direction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Dixon