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Posted: 9/15/2018 12:30:19 PM EDT
I'm looking for a very lightweight boot that wears like a shoe, but has an boot style profile that looks good with a patrol uniform.

Is there anything that lets you run like a shoe but climb like a boot?

I like Soloman boots. The one I like that Soloman makes has grey in it and it needs to be black.

What can you guys recommend?
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 12:54:38 PM EDT
I really like my Salomon XA Forces Mid GTX boots. They're low enough and LW enough that they really feel like sneakers (I usually wear them when I run on the beach) and it appears they come in all black.

https://www.salomon.com/us/product/xa-forces-mid-gtx.html



The speed laces they come with are also pretty slick too.
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If you added some Miller strops and a couple tide pod pouches, you could make millions!
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 2:25:14 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By RJeff21:
I really like my Salomon XA Forces Mid GTX boots. They're low enough and LW enough that they really feel like sneakers (I usually wear them when I run on the beach) and it appears they come in all black.

https://www.salomon.com/us/product/xa-forces-mid-gtx.html

https://media.salomon.com/products/w680/L40138100.jpg

The speed laces they come with are also pretty slick too.
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I like those. I also found the Soloman speed assault shoe/boot. I wish there was a local place that carried them so I could see them in person. The pics make it look like it is more shoe than boot.
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 2:28:19 PM EDT
I think Palladium boots are what you seek. lightweight, rubber bottoms, several heights to choose from. they are french, so order a half size over what you usually wear. lotsa colors. get em on Amazon.
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 2:32:38 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Camaroman:
I like those. I also found the Soloman speed assault shoe/boot. I wish there was a local place that carried them so I could see them in person. The pics make it look like it is more shoe than boot.
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Originally Posted By Camaroman:
Originally Posted By RJeff21:
I really like my Salomon XA Forces Mid GTX boots. They're low enough and LW enough that they really feel like sneakers (I usually wear them when I run on the beach) and it appears they come in all black.

https://www.salomon.com/us/product/xa-forces-mid-gtx.html

https://media.salomon.com/products/w680/L40138100.jpg

The speed laces they come with are also pretty slick too.
I like those. I also found the Soloman speed assault shoe/boot. I wish there was a local place that carried them so I could see them in person. The pics make it look like it is more shoe than boot.
They're definitely very low cut. Pretty much non-existent ankle support, as your ankle is gonna be just above to outer rim of the boot. They're better than regular sneakers, but it's nothing like a traditional mid or high cut boot.

They are very comfortable, though, and if LW and "sneaker like" qualities are on the top of your priorities list, I don't think you'll go wrong with these.
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 3:49:55 PM EDT
I wear the Danner Tachyons on a daily basis and am very pleased with them. While more boot like than the Salomons mentioned above, they are very lightweight and I find them comfortable for long periods of time.
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 5:13:23 PM EDT
Under Armour Valsetz Stealth Duty Boots. They are very light weight, like a sneaker.
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 10:38:09 PM EDT
Merrill makes a black MOAB and Under Armor has a nice light one too. I have them both.
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 10:59:38 PM EDT
Altima OTB’s, just like a pair on converse but built way better. Available on Amazon in either a low or mid top. Flat, grippy sole with enough tread to climb a wall. They’re slowly taking over my department due to their comfort, style and price.
Link Posted: 9/16/2018 1:59:11 AM EDT
Danner Tachyon with Gore Tex. They are extremely light weight, feel like sneakers and have a polishable toe.
Link Posted: 9/16/2018 2:56:37 AM EDT
Timberland pro series, i wear the low cut ones for trek. Pretty much sneakers, super confy.
Link Posted: 9/16/2018 11:31:48 AM EDT
I work with a few guys who wear and swear by the addidas swat boots and being as comfortable as a running sneaker...

I wear the all black salomon boots (XA forces Mid) and no one has even noticed they aren't shined leather...
Link Posted: 9/16/2018 11:35:07 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Swatrock:
Merrill makes a black MOAB and Under Armor has a nice light one too. I have them both.
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I have had my MOAB duty boots for a month....so nice!!!
Link Posted: 9/16/2018 1:52:53 PM EDT
Solomon 4D GTX, and a coat of kiwi. Mine started to fade (they weren’t a true black when i got them). A coat of kiwi made them all black, and looks uniform.
Link Posted: 9/16/2018 4:27:41 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Bulldogs12:
I wear the Danner Tachyons on a daily basis and am very pleased with them. While more boot like than the Salomons mentioned above, they are very lightweight and I find them comfortable for long periods of time.
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Link Posted: 9/17/2018 6:26:29 PM EDT
I've gotten a solid 2 years out of my Oakley SI Light Patrol boots. They're super comfortable and lightweight. They still have some life to them, I just want to try something else.
Link Posted: 9/19/2018 12:56:48 AM EDT
Another vote for the Danner Tachyon.
Link Posted: 9/19/2018 12:57:15 PM EDT
Id buy anything Salomon and a black sharpie before I'd go back to Oakleys or whatever else Ive worn out in 6 months after wrecking my arch
Link Posted: 9/19/2018 3:12:57 PM EDT
Not a LEO but I have worn the Reebok boot for years.

https://www.amazon.com/Reebok-Work-Rapid-Response-RB8874/dp/B009L55BO0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1537384115&sr=8-7&keywords=reebok+boots

They are lightweight and tough. I do not know how the black holds up, as we wore the tan. Always get compliments on them.
Link Posted: 9/19/2018 9:46:23 PM EDT
Most comfortable boot I ever wore was my Corcoran jump boots. Breaking them in sucks, but once they were, they were more comfortable than running shoes. They also shine up very nicely with the toe cap. They do suck in snow because there’s no insulation, though.
Link Posted: 9/19/2018 9:53:19 PM EDT
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eta...nvm..these wouldn't work with a patrol uni
Link Posted: 9/19/2018 9:57:42 PM EDT
I ended up getting the Soloman Speed assault for two reasons. First, the department I just started at actually offers the Soloman 4D GTX when they have them available. So when they get some in, I'll see if I can pick a pair up.

I also wanted the Soloman speed assaults, if nothing else than for personal use.

They actually look really good with blues. They do look very much like a sneaker. However, the toe, material and the aggressive tread gives a jungle boot appearance when the upper is covered by the pants leg. They're very light and comfortable.

I would recommend them to anyone considering it.
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Came to add Danner Mountain 600 Carbon Black
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Originally Posted By Everythingisawesome:
Another vote for the Danner Tachyon.
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Another vote for these. I love them. Not too hot in the summer and super light.
Link Posted: 10/3/2018 9:23:25 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By gotuonpaper:
https://s7d3.scene7.com/is/image/LaCrosse/62248?$danner_13_pdp$

Came to add Danner Mountain 600 Carbon Black
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I've got 2 pair of these in and they are super light and comfortable
Link Posted: 10/6/2018 8:29:34 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Bulldogs12:
I wear the Danner Tachyons on a daily basis and am very pleased with them. While more boot like than the Salomons mentioned above, they are very lightweight and I find them comfortable for long periods of time.
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Yes sir, I have even worn them with a suit on a detail. Lightest boot you can get.
Link Posted: 10/6/2018 9:07:24 PM EDT
I miss the old Israeli Desert Boots-- like an Adidas sole and lower attached to a juncle boot top. I lived in them during the 1970s and 80s. Haven't seen any for years, would love to find some more--
Link Posted: 10/9/2018 8:57:33 AM EDT
I wear the reebok sublite cushion tactical boots in summer. Feel just like a running shoe, very comfortable

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Link Posted: 10/9/2018 9:58:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By RJeff21:
I really like my Salomon XA Forces Mid GTX boots. They're low enough and LW enough that they really feel 12like sneakers (I usually wear them when I run on the beach) and it appears they come in all black.

https://www.salomon.com/us/product/xa-forces-mid-gtx.html

https://media.salomon.com/products/w680/L40138100.jpg

The speed laces they come with are also pretty slick too.
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Bought these on Ebay for $125. Awesome boots.
Link Posted: 10/13/2018 6:54:18 PM EDT
These are going to be my next duty boots Irish Setter Ravine Tactical boots. I wear Irish Setter Ravine boots with the BOA lace system off duty, and absolutely love them. They wear like a sneaker, comfortable and light weight, waterproof. Their tactical duty model will be the next boots I buy for work, once my trusty Danners wear out(if they ever wear out).
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