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New Balance Men's Abyss II 8-Inch Tactical Boot

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  • Double-Coated Synthetic Urethane
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 8" from arch
  • Fits in most XL fin pockets
  • Reinforced TPU upper eyelets
  • Easy-on rear webbing loop
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New Balance Men's Abyss Tactical Boot Double-Coated Synthetic Urethane Imported Rubber Sole Shaft measures approximately 8" from arch Reinforced TPU upper eyelets

  • ASIN: B00C66CTDC
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 7 inches; 1.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: China
  • Item model number: Abyss II 8-Inch-M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,020 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    Customer Reviews

    Nice and very light boot.
    Adolfo meza
    Arches are a little weird and you can feel the drain holes on the inserts on the balls of your feet.
    Ryan Newberry
    Had reasonably good grip on slippery rocks.
    Uphill Harry

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By D. Birren on May 4, 2013
    I bought a pair of these boots for wilderness tripping (Boundary Waters) on the basis of glowing comments by several other canoe campers. I want a boot that provide some ankle support, is unaffected by repeated immersion, and fits well with heavy socks (SealSkinz). These criteria seem to be met, though the boot is too flexible to provide much ankle support without an additional brace.

    I had several problems with these boots:

    1: The lacing tabs make it extremely difficult to loosen and tighten the laces, and the laces themselves make it all but impossible. The laces are thick and thin - like a sine wave on both sides - and the thick parts can almost not be pulled through the lacing tabs. It's easier with standard boot laces, but still quite difficult. I fixed this by installing eyelets so the lacing works like a normal shoe.

    2. The thickest part of the insole is in front of the arch. This makes the boot uncomfortable to walk in over short distances, and most likely painful over longer distances or with a heavy pack. I replaced the insoles with an old pair of arched insoles and they feel fine.

    3. The soles are not razor siped as advertised. They have a series of paired lugs around the edges, and each pair is separated by a narrow groove. Of course, narrow spaces hold dirt. This isn't a serious problem - it's just one more thing to make a mess. Using a Dremel rotary sander I reshaped these grooves into a V so they shed dirt more readily.

    In sum, I'd say if you like these boots be prepared to have a very difficult time lacing them and to replace the insoles with something that fits.

    Do I recommend them? No. Would I buy them again? No. However, given the modifications I made I anticipate they'll serve their purpose over many portages.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Glock Owner on May 14, 2014
    Color Name: BlackSize Name: 9 D(M) US Verified Purchase
    I was a little sceptical about buying this pair of boots online as I like to wear my boots before buying. A few of the reviews had some interesting points; the sole was a little thin and flexible, the smaller 6" boots did not have enough ankle support and the inserts were not "comfortable". Well, I took a chance and bought the size 9 boot in black anyway, but I purchased the 8" version due to the reviews I had read. The first thing I noticed was the inserts. The review I read said to go and buy a new insert as the ones that come with the shoe are super thin and do not offer any support for the arch. The boot itself is pretty much a flat foot boot. If you have high arches, definitely get a high arch insert. I bough some at a local sports store and put them in and it made all the difference. NB include three inserts for these boots which make it a pretty customizable fit. At first I was not sure, but after trying a few combinations I found the right fit with the inserts and am pretty impressed at the fit. If I use all three inserts it is a snug fit, if I take out an insert, I can use thick socks. As for walking/ hiking; I have not yet spent a whole lot of time hiking in them, from what I have done, I think a good hiking boot would be better suited for long term hike (say anything over 3 miles) However, they are a comfortable boot after you buy a good sole insert and they are extremely light weight. The sole is flexible and might not suit some people. I now that when I use my hiking boot the are definitely a lot more stiff. If you take out the inserts, you can flex the boot to extremes. The 8" model seems to have pretty good ankle support when laced all the way up. The newer Abyss II model does not come with a "steel shank insert".Read more ›
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 28, 2014
    Color Name: BlackSize Name: 12 D(M) US Verified Purchase
    I recommend these boots with only very minor reservations after wearing them on a week-long, 70mi/113km+ canoe & portage trek in the Artery Lake region of Manitoba Canada.

    For those unfamiliar, this region is no-kidding Canadian wild only accessible by floatplane. We flew in from BSA's Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Bissett, which is the most remote of the three Northern Tier bases.

    Our crew of five Scouts and two Scouters wore a combination of Viet Nam-style jungle boots and Merrell Moab boots (both recommended by Northern Tier) with two of us (the other a Scout) wearing the NB OTB boots that are the subject of this review.

    The OTB boot performed flawlessly. Although the Moab-wearers seemed very satisfied with their boots, some wearers wished for the ankle support provided by the OTB boot. Jungle boot wearers had varied and some negative experiences, including one boot that basically fell apart on day three.

    Each day of our trek was characterized by wet-foot canoe launches as early as 0500, multiple portages over rock, through swamps with hip-deep muck, and in streams featuring leeches & all manner of other swamp critters. Unless there was a hotspot needing attention, boots didn't come off until 1700, sometimes a little earlier, frequently later. Feet were only dry from ~2100 until socks (still wet from prior day) and boots were donned again in just after wakeup.

    The OTB boots never failed to drain, even after repeated immersion in swamp muck of every viscosity. While my feet were never actually dry, they were dry enough to enable bearing unwieldy, 70lb./32kg+ loads across very uneven terrain day after day.
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