Check out the reviews and videos for the Bates 3400 hiker boot and you decide if it is good for your field use.
I have several pairs of boots to include Lowa, Danner and Rocky. I picked up a pair of these as they looked like a good boot especially at the price (under $125).
I picked up a pair of these boots a few months back. Lots of good things that I can say about these boots. can go on forever about these boots. Basically, they were part of the U.S. Military’s program to field a “hiker” type boot to front line units in Afghanistan. Basically the same (materials, design, last, etc.) as the pricier DANNER “Crater Rim” boot. Some thoughts on these boots:
A few things I might say about the BATES 3400-B: – D ring lacing system isn’t great, but you can use alternate lacing patterns, etc. never had a failure of a D-ring. – Not for use 75+ degrees F or warmer… it’s cold weather/temperate boot design. – heavier than a light hiker, but BOMB PROOF (almost literally). – VIBRAM BIFIDA sole is one of the best ever. very grippy, durable, AF. – this is one of the few boots I have worn out of the box and to this day with the insoles that came with the boot… more miles and terrain than can be counted.
I don’t know if it’s a miracle insole, or the boot design just allows for it (the latter more likely). – mid cut, but still great support for rucking with even 35lbs > – steel shank in sole, amazing support, particularly if you have problem feet. – they’re ALL leather, with a hard rubber rand added for xtra durability, that being the case they do not breath like some vented boots, etc. Wear a wicking sock. Great top of the line GORETEX waterproof lining.