Question about Boots Upon I-Day + BCT?

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  1. Velocity

    Velocity New Member

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    Hello, '23er here for USAFA.

    This probably has been asked a couple of times now (I've seen this question asked a few years back), but what's the deal if the boots that we bring to I-Day happen to fall apart during BCT?

    I bought the Nike SFB Field, and apparently, they do have some issues with durability and may wear out during Jackson's Valley. I've seen some answers in the past where they say that they will be giving us issued boots for us to use (and also states that in the appointee booklet), but I've also heard from others (current cadets at USAFA) where they said that you will need to buy another pair of your own if the boots that you brought happen falls apart.

    For the most part, I'm sticking true to what I read in the appointee booklet, but if anyone has a solid answer, please let me know. Just want to make sure. Thank you!
     
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  2. FMHS-79

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    Following the recommendations in the appointee booklet is a stellar plan ;).

    USAFA will want to make sure you have two pairs of boots for BCT - if you bring a pair, a second will be issued - if you do not bring any, two pairs will be issued. I know that the cadre has made sure that other issued items have been replaced during BCT as required, so would assume that boots would be treated the same (they will want to make sure your feet are taken care of).
     
  3. Bracken

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    Don't be confused between the words "issued" and "buy." AFA will "issue" you a second pair since you'll wear your broken-in pair on I-day. But they charge you for the second pair boots through payroll deduction so some people say you're "buying" a second pair. Either way, they know what to do. Now go running!
     
  4. Jen2277

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    I current use those boots and I wouldn't recommend them for marching and outdoor activities. Also, if C/O 23 receives OCP's instead of ABU's you will need to change boots due to color.
     
  5. 4BravoX1

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    If you are looking for a boot recommendation I am a fan of the Danner Tanicus. I wear them daily and they hold up well enough that I went backpacking with them and they held up to the abuse.
     
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  6. massachusetts23

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    The Class of 2023 Appointee Booklet states that we need to bring ABU boots, not OCP ones
     
  7. BlueStar

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    :) I knew the boots thread would come! :)
     
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    Like I said above I recommend the Danner Tanicus boots they are durrable and super comfortable. I have also heard great things about rockys, lowas, and merrel MOABs. Remember that you will probably be wearing these boots most days and marching/ walking around in them so you want them to be comfortable. My boots are the only thing I wear day to day that I bought/ weren't issued to me because I wanted the extra comfort that the boots I was issued in BMT don't provide.
     
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  10. ACatSLP

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    Amazon sells the Garmont boots. They tend to have a flexible return policy.
     
  11. swps

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    Bought those for DS along with a pair of the Nikes a couple weeks ago. The Nikes are quite a bit lighter, but the Garmot's feel more sturdy and IMHO a nicer feeling boot. I'm not sure which he will be taking with him yet, but the other pair will be coming on parents weekend to give him another option.
     
  12. AzUSAFA2023

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    I went with the Belleville 690’s as recommended in the Appointee Booklet. I tried to get some at the local AFB, but they have already phased out the ABU’s. The ones I ordered were not the right size but Belleville has a great return policy and I will be getting the correct size soon. They are very sturdy boots and IMHO, I recommend them to everyone. Talking to a C3C and C4C at the academy, one loves the Nike boots and the other tried to steer me away so I guess it’s a personal opinion on the Nikes (and any boot really). Can’t go wrong with the Belleville’s though.
     
  13. mommahedg

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    We purchased a pair of Belleville 690's for DS to break in before BCT. He received an issued pair on I-Day and wore both during BCT. We then brought a pair of the Nike's to him on A-Day. He was so happy to have a lighter set of boots but was glad he had the heavier Belleville's for BCT.
     
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    Was there a reason he liked the heavier boots for basic? I would think lighter boots would be nicer for all the running and flutter kicks. But I know nothing
     
  15. mommahedg

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    They held up better, especially in Jack's Valley.
     
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  16. FMHS-79

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    My DS preferred his heavier Danner boots for BCT and other "field" training exercises as he felt the they provided better support and water protection - they are still in great shape.

    He usually wears his Nike boots for classroom days and activities on the Tzo. He wore his Nike boots during recognition and quickly replaced them as they were "trashed" during the event (I don't know if there is a story involved, but I'm not going to ask).

    As a Colorado girl, you shouldn't be fighting the same altitude challenges as those from the coasts... ;)
     
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    If you are visiting campus for the appointee tour, can you buy a pair of boots while on base? I can't find any local stores in our area and the 690's seem to be on closeout at many online stores and have limited sizes.
     
  18. peppypea

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    Thanks for your experience!
     
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    As a recommendation for everyone getting boots, I highly suggest waterproofing them even if the manufacturer says they are waterproof it is usually spotty at best.