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I must be one of just a few guys that would rather wear military style boots over a hiker anyday. I have tried a number of hiking boots. Even the high end $250 boots. But, I can never find the comfort and the feel of protection that I have with the 'modern combat style' boot.
All the guys I hit the trails with wear the average hiker. And I do get static from them about my choice in footwear. Everything from, "you gotta be hot in those"... "the things look so heavy"... to "I know they can't be comfortable".
But thats just it. I'm super comfortable, my feet never sweat or feel heavy, and they just feel right across the board. I have often wondered if it was the fact that I've always been a boot guy. Not cowboy kickers. Just high quality military boots. I've worn them in all aspects of life... The Corps, USCG, Offshore Oilfield, and driving a Flatbed Tract/Trailer.
Maybe if there was a hiker with all the qualities in my current boot, I could give it a shot. But, I have come up super short in finding one. We always hit numberous swamps in the area. And never fail to bump into trail hazards such as rattlesnakes, corals, and alligator. (The PineBelt has a high consentration of Eastern Diamonds)
I wear Original SWAT Classic 9"
Classic outsole: slip and oil resistant, non-marking rubber, exceeds the ASTM F489-96 test for slip resistance
Stitched heel and toe for durability and increased service life
Custom-molded phylon EVA midsole for lightweight comfort and cradled support
Texon stability platform for lateral support and torsional rigidity
Steel shank for superior support
Suede leather / 1000 denier nylon upper for improved durability and comfort
Scotchgard® protects suede from spills and stains
Custom-molded thermoplastic heel counter and toe box for instant comfort and lateral support
Foam padded collar and tongue for protection and increased breathability
Moisture-wicking lining with AEGIS antimicrobial protection
Durable brass alloy, rust proof hardware
Removable custom fit EVA insole
Gusseted tongue to keep dirt and debris out
I do have barefooters for creek ventures, but with out my trusted boots... I always feel naked. Any takes on this?