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armygrunt82
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Join date: May 2009
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http://store.nike.com/...377/pgid-192558

I can't believe these things have been out since 2008, and I just know have heard about them. I have quite a few buddies on teams and none of them wear these boots. Anyone have any experience with them? They look super comfortable, probably would make a good MOUT boot as they are quite flexible.

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HolyMacaroni
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Join date: Sep 2008
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they are rediculously light.

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boatguy
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Join date: Jul 2004
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Heard about these while they were developing them, but this is the first I've seen them. Look interesting, maybe I'll get a pair.

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melanieamber12
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Join date: Feb 2010
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One of my coworkers has them. they pretty much look like hi top basketball sneaks. Very cool.
I'm going to order a pair. He says they're hella comfy.

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dswithers
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Join date: Jul 2006
Posts: 168

You might also want to look at the footwear marketed for police. There is a lot more selection. Swat and special forces have some of the same requirements. Check out Galls.com. They have their own brands plus they sell a bunch of other brands: Converse, Bates, 5.11, Rocky, Magnum, etc.

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Flop Hat
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Join date: Jul 2005
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They look nice, but they are expensive (for me). I would like for one of my wealthier teammates to test them out first. It will be interesting to see if the sole stands up to afghan rocks. If they do, I'm in.

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HolyMacaroni
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Join date: Sep 2008
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have a good friend of mine who just graduated ranger school and said they were fantastic for the mountain and florida phase

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Backlash79
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Join date: Feb 2006
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Comfortable boots but so far haven't tried them out in the field, only been using them for garrison since February when I got them. I'm still using my Altama Exospeeds for rucking and stuff. The Nike's seem like they wouldn't hold up too well to rugged use.

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Therizza
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Join date: May 2008
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how do they stack up compared to bates-lites?

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armygrunt82
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Join date: May 2009
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Just got back from LDAC which is essentially an assessment course for future Army officers. There were quite a few of the Prior-Service guys there wearing the Nike's and they couldn't say enough good things about them. I have yet to hear how they are holding up in Afghanistan with guys that actually go outside the wire. I'm sure the Fobbits and pog's like em, but they aint humping 100 pounds of gear up a fuckin mountain.

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xMillertimex
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Join date: Oct 2002
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The Nike's hold up better than the Oakleys, but I dont like the lack of ankle support for patrolling w/ anything above an m-4. They dry out fairly quickly and are absolutely outstanding for moving out post haste on road marches. That being said I am loyal to the Oakleys even though I go through a pair a year on average.

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almightyfod
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Join date: Dec 2009
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Good to hear they are even allowed at LDAC, cause that's where I'm headed this summer. I've had mine since September, and I can honestly say they are the best pair of boots I have ever owned, bar none. Break-in time was short, but there was one. I'd say wear thicker socks during your first week or so wearing them full time, and then switch to your normal socks. I did a 3 day FTX 1 week after I got them, which included a 5.5 mile ruck march and a 15km land nav course (three times), and I had no blisters.

Disclaimer: I've been wearing Nike Frees 4.0 for about 9 months, so my feet are used to the different movement pattern. I'd give virgin feet more time to adjust before going into the field.

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