New Balance Tactical Men's Desertlite 8-Inch Boot,Sage Green,6 2E US
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- Polyurethane Coated Microfiber
- Made in the USA or Imported
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 9" from arch
- Heel measures approximately 1.5"
- Platform measures approximately 1"
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- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- ASIN: B00C6640YS
- Item model number: Desertlite 8-Inch-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: July 11, 2013
- Domestic 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
They are extremely lightweight, on par with the lightest but cheaply made Nike boots. I have run on both trails and pavement for long distances without feeling the typical heaviness and awkwardness of combat boots. The sole is not a vibram sole, but it is more flexible and just as durable (my soles show minimal wear despite 8 months of hardcore use). The soles are sown on the heel and the toe, and glued on everywhere else. Some of my buddies have had problems after a few months with the soles starting to peel off from the sides, but mine have stayed on fine. The laces are strong and well suited to the boot. You don't need to use 550 cord.
They are an excellent boot for both moderate and hot climates. They've got three drain holes and the insole is breathable and quick-drying. These are the fastest drying boots you can find. They'll dry within a few hours after complete submersion if you leave them out in the sun, and within 4-8 hours if you continue to wear them. Same with the insoles.
Despite the rather soft soles, these boots held up well rappelling, rock climbing, and mountain climbing. They gripped wet rock as well as vibram-soled boots, and they also held a solid lock when rope-climbing. They do not provide much for ankle support, so if you have chronic ankle sprains, either lace them up tight or use an ankle brace (it will fit inside the boot. I've done it).Read more ›
First off, I really do like these boots. They're the lightest I've ever seen and they're comfortable. But I have a very hard time believing that these boots were R&Ded by Special Forces Operators. There's just too many issues with them. First, the sizing on these boots is way off. I wear a size 13 in everything I put on my feet, so I ordered these boots in that size. They were at least a 1/2 size too small. I little research showed me that pretty much everyone who bought and reviewed these boots had similar issues. I sent them back and got 14's, since you can't buy them in 1/2 sizes over the size of 11 1/2. They were fine in length but feel too wide for my feet. I can live with them but they to get a little funky when climbing up a steep hill. Just too much toe room. OTB should address this issue with their manufacturter and ensure these boots are being made to the US size specifications listed on the tag.
Next, I didn't care for the sausage laces at all and replaced them with 550 paracord, which in my opinion should be standard on the JungleLites too (apparently comes standard on the DesertLite Boots). It seemed like a worthy attempt to solve an issue that some boot wearers have, but for me, they turned out to be worthless. They stay tied alright, but they have too much stretch and the boots end up loosening during wear. The 550 paracord was an improvement that also should be addressed by OTB.
Other than that, I really like them. I've worn them several times when stomping around in the jungles of Okinawa and they've performed fine. They're not as stable as some of my other boots because of the looseness due to width, but I make them work.
I have seen everyone wearing the Nike boot lately but when they see me with the NB's on, they ask why and I'll say for starters it provides both comfort and more stability, and it gives better control for both running and standing for longer periods of time.
When in formation I'll see people having problems for standing too long but with these me and a few other team-mates have no issue with our stance and these are even good when fast roping and climbing (given the better grooves in the boot compared to the Nike).
I ordered two just for the comfort and price.
I'm a staff officer, so I'm not in the field all the time. Two months after I'd bought these, they'd seen exactly one twelve mile ruck march, a couple jumps, and a whole lot of sitting around desks and office spaces. However they'd somehow still managed to come apart at the sole and create the "talking boot" flap on BOTH boots. After a few more months of light use, the flap that connects the sole to the boot started coming loose. It's adhered on there, so there are no stitches to keep it in place. Frankly I wish I could add an image of the ones I currently have, because they're a hot mess. I don't recommend these to anyone who's going to do any real work in them.
Very light weight
Very professional looking (For service members)
Great ankle support
Incredibly feeble, lacking in durability throughout
Water permeates the boots very very easily
Inner lining is prone to rubbing off all over your socks
I've also worn a big divit in the inner sole with my big toe; no durability inside either
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wanted to like these boots but after 150 miles, they still have not broken in. I have soaked them in water to break them in. I have run in them, rucked in them, to no avail. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sailorcrew
These boots work well for my limited use. They breath well. Light weight and comfortable. As far as arch support, you may want to get some quality insoles to put in them if on long... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rob
Bought these and 2 weeks later completed the Bataan Death March full marathon in New Mexico with zero blisters.Published 13 months ago by Allen
A little tight to fit on but get use to it after walking in them for a bit but nice color and bootPublished 13 months ago by Dakotah
I AM PISSED OFF! AAAAHHH!!!! I PURCHASED TWO PAIRS BEFORE DEPLOYING TO AFGHANISTAN AS AN INFANTRYMAN. I loved these boots so much that I use them for lightweight long walk hunts! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark
I purchased the New Balance Tactical Men's Desertlite 8-inch Boot, in 2012.
I bought these boots for an overseas deployment and they came as described. Read more
My husband is Active Duty Army and since finding these boots he doesn't want to wear anything else. Very comfortable super lightweight and durable.Published 21 months ago by Maral Larson