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Discussion in 'ROTC' started by ahaase14, May 18, 2014.

  1. ahaase14

    ahaase14 Member

    Jan 7, 2014
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    I start army rotc in the fall at UW-Lacrosse. Ive been told by many to get a pair of good boots and break them in before I get there. What are the best boots to get? I was thinking oakelys (my mom gets a discount on them), but are there better ones?
  2. Strength and Honor

    Strength and Honor Member

    Jun 7, 2013
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    I'm wondering the same thing. I hear the issued boots are terrible.....
  3. Thompson

    Thompson Member

    Dec 11, 2012
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    I no expert, but from what I've read in prior posts there isn't a "golden brand." There are quite a few reputable names out there though - I don't remember what has been said about Oakleys. But from personal experience, Black Hawk Warrior Wear has worked great for me. I got them here for about $100 (MSRP: $160) BlackHawk Warrior Wear Desert Ops Boots, Desert Tan.

    Another good one out there is the one made by Nike. Great pair, but from from several of my friends, they've told me that they've had to by additional pairs because they wore out (2 notes: one, both are on the Ranger Challenge Team; two, if you think about it, it makes sense - lightweight = less material).

    Those are the only 2 that come to mind. I'm sure others will chime in.
  4. k2rider

    k2rider 5-Year Member

    Jan 31, 2010
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    Both my kids started with Danners and they are bad-*** boots but definitely on the heavy side. However, over the past 12-18 months, almost everybody is switching over to the Nike boots.
  5. armydaughter

    armydaughter 5-Year Member

    Apr 18, 2012
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    My son just finished his MS1 year and we are going boot shopping before he goes back. He used the issue boots at first but got his own insulated boots for Christmas. In Wisconsin, you will probably need both too. His winter boot purchase was the Belleville waterproof insulated boot. He said they were great right out of the box, little break in needed.

    For warm weather boots he is looking for either Oakley or Rocky boots - both were highly recommended by other cadets at his battalion. But it all comes down to what feels good on your own feet.
  6. soccmomer

    soccmomer Member

    Jan 28, 2013
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    My son has been breaking in a pair of Belleville 790. He loves them! Don't know how they will hold up. We got them on eBay...for quite the deal!!! They have the goretex.
  7. sancontoa

    sancontoa Member

    Sep 30, 2013
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    Blackhawks are amazing! I'm female and realized that the whole female with weak ankles thing applied to me after my first FTX where I almost broke my ankles a multiple times. Someone told me it helps to have better ankle support in the boots so I ditched the issued boots, got a pair of blackhawks and have never had a serious foot problem or blisters in four years. They're alao pretty much the cheapest option you'll find out there. Hpwever everyones feet are different, blackhawks are great all around boots but if you have like really soft feel daners give a lot better protection, on the flip side the nikes are pretty light so if you have hard feet and dont want something heavy they're great. My husband (armor PL) wears those and loves them but I would break my ankle without the extra ankle support. I would suggest just wearing the issued boots till christmas, its like a rite of passage anyway and you'll know by then what you need and what rules your school has about boots.
  8. sheriff3

    sheriff3 Member

    Jan 14, 2013
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    DS has used a pair of Reboks all year and loves them.

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