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GX-4 GORE-TEX®
GX-4 GORE-TEX® Posted: 11/20/14
Reviewer: from Chicago
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Mine are 3 years old. Were great for cold Bears games for two years. And they handled snow and ice great! Felt confident when walking around on the street or sidewalks. Overall I'm happy with them. But this season they didn't keep my feet warm during the games even with foot warmer packs so they got to go.

Velocitor Waterproof Zip
Velocitor Waterproof Zip Posted: 11/14/14
Reviewer: Neal S. from Chicago, IL
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Beware - these boots are not marked "4E" on the boot or on the box it comes in. They are only labeled "EW," as in "extra-wide." To me, it felt like a 2E at most; I could jam my feet in with a shoehorn, but I would never wear them like that. These should not be cross-categorized as "4E," in my opinion.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot Posted: 11/8/14
Reviewer: from Denver
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great boots. I'm on my second pair. They last a long time, stay warm for the winter and cool for the summer. I am an officer in Colorado and have traded in my Danners for these boots. Easy on zipper works well and my feet are very comfortable. I can last on my feet all day on the pavement. I highly reccomend these boots.

Velocitor Waterproof Zip
Velocitor Waterproof Zip Posted: 11/3/14
Reviewer: Michael Breen from Boston
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Bought these boots for work. Usually have them on for 14 hours or more. They are the most comfortable boots I've owned in 13 years as a firefighter. Highly recommend these boots.

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8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted: 10/27/14
Reviewer: Aj from Cincinnati
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Perfect in every way. I am a landscaper and very few boots cut the mustard. These do. The tread is burly. I could walk up the side of a wall, if I wanted to. The zipper is sweet at the end of the day. Zip, zip and you're out of 'em.

Delta-8
Delta-8 Posted: 10/25/14
Reviewer: Kevin from Boston
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These boots are a tall, waterproof running shoe. A quick word on the water proofing, they have never let me down in the rain, or dunks in puddles, however if you plan to stand in water these boots did leak on me after about 3-5 minutes in about 4" of water. They have limited support, however, these boots offer the best traction out of any footwear I have ever experienced. I own many pairs of shoes, Chippewa Super Loggers, Timberland Pit Bosses, and a pair of Asolo Powermatics. I love each pair of boots for a different reason, but these truly amaze me every time I wear them. Wet surfaces are no problem. The main gripe I have with them is that for me they actually have too much cushioning, sometimes it can allow my foot to roll around on the EVA midsole with out my noticing and end up bothering my knee so I generally favor my Chippewas or my Asolos harder soles instead. I would like to try a pair of Danner combat boots to compare quality.

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5" Tactical Sport Posted: 10/24/14
Reviewer: John M. from Holly, Michigan
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are very comfortable. I am on my feet 10 hours a day and these are some of the best boots I have ever owned. This is my second pair,First pair lasted two years in a shop environment. Buy these! And buy them from Zappos, they are outstanding.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 10/19/14
Reviewer: from York, Pennsylvania
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Comfortable boot. Husband uses it for his job at a power plant. He says they keep his feet warm and dry.

Zero Mass 8
Zero Mass 8" Posted: 8/26/14
Reviewer: Robert Wical from Virginia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Some of the people reviewing these boots say they run small and narrow. I found that the boots would fit me well if I had just ordered my normal size.

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8" Tactical Sport Side Zip Posted: 7/18/14
Reviewer: Paul Georg from Pittsburgh, PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I tore my plantar fascia and was wearing a cam boot. It was too big and I kept tripping. I bought these and took out the insole and used the padding from the cam boot. WOW! I am able to wake with minimal pain. This is a VERY comfortable boot. I ordered a 2E and it is not very wide. I may but the same pair in shoe form after I am healed.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 7/17/14
Reviewer: Jeff Yonuss from All over
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am an EOD tech and always working outdoors all over the world. These are the best boots I own so far. The side zipper is a big plus when taking these off. They are holding really well. Had them for about month now. If they make it through one full year, then they are worth the price.

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8" Durashocks® Lace-To-Toe Side Zip Posted: 7/7/14
Reviewer: from Los Angeles, CA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Overall, this is a pretty good boot. The shock absorption is really good. The boots run about 1/2 size big. I probably won't buy these again mainly because they soles can't be easily(or inexpensively) replaced. The shoe repairer I use quoted me a lot to do the job. I know it doesn't help retailers out much, but I'm tired of throwing away boots with good uppers and worn soles.

Lites® Black High Gloss
Lites® Black High Gloss Posted: 7/4/14
Reviewer: from NYC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

So I got these for my husband because after 30 so years his old ones broke down. He loved these, he said:" These are same ones but improved, they are more comfortable." They are sleek, shiny and comfy. And if they are going to last another 20 years, it is a bargain purchase again. I recommend them highly.

Code 6 - 4
Code 6 - 4" Posted: 6/14/14
Reviewer: from Montana
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are my second pair of Bates. I work in a busy automotive shop, and I get about 1 year of every-day wear out of these boots. I also wear them for hiking and other outdoor activities. Good boots overall, but you will have at least a week of break-in time.

Ultra-Lites
Ultra-Lites Posted: 6/8/14
Reviewer: R from San Francisco, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Overall they are very comfortable and sturdy. The top of the boot is a bit snug but the boot fit is true to size. I wear them on my scooter and they have great traction.

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5" Tactical Sport Posted: 6/5/14
Reviewer: H west from San Jose Ca
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I'm a UPS driver and am very happy with these boots so far. Comfort is a must for me and so far so good.

Ultra-Lites
Ultra-Lites Posted: 6/4/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I bought these for riding my motorcycle. I liked them in the picture better than l did in real life. But after trying them on I loved them for their comfort! No breaking in. The top of the boot hurt my leg when I walked but loosening the laces at the top, helped. Good quality and construction.

Code 6 - 6
Code 6 - 6" Side Zip Posted: 5/27/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Ordered these boots for work as an EMT. Right out of the box it is evident that they are lightweight. Quality does not seem to have been sacrificed to produce a lightweight boot. The only thing to note is they ran a half size large.

Delta-8
Delta-8 Posted: 5/20/14
Reviewer: Philip Palmer from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Went through two pairs of these during one stint in Iraq. They are very comfortable, like trail running shoe comfortable, but they are really made for moderate terrain without wearing a heavy load. They are a little too flexible for rocky surfaces and will allow your feet to get bruised by larger rocks occasionally. For banging around the barracks and light duty stuff they are perfect.

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8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted: 5/7/14
Reviewer: W Brown from Texas
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I really like the boot except where the tongue fold is at inside of the boot. It bulged out into my ankle and was very painful after 15 minutes of wear. Tried to adjust it. No way was I going to be able break it in with that. It was the left one and I think it was perhaps just a bad boot. My other Bates boots have been great.

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5" Tactical Sport Posted: 5/6/14
Reviewer: PHIL from Florida
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I had never purchased boots like this before, so I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into with these. I went with the other reviewers and hoped for the best. That's what I got...the best. From the first time I tried them on, they were incredible. There was no break-in necessary. I did remove the insert and put in a gel insert since I will be walking and standing a lot in them. They are roomy enough in the toe box to allow for heavy socks in the winter but not overly roomy so that feet in thinner socks slide around. I haven't had them long, so I can't comment on how long the bottoms will last yet. The only critique I have is that the top lace eyelet is not a hook like the one below it. It would have been more convenient when putting them on and taking them off if both of the top two lace eyelets were hooks. Spending an extra few seconds is not a big deal though. Awesome boots...quality for the money.

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