New Balance Abyss vs Under Armour Speed Freak

Check out the reviews and comparisons for the New Balance Abyss vs the Under Armour Speed Freak and you make the best decision of which boot for your feet.

New Balance Tactical Abyss Boot Review by Blake mitchell
They ran small unlike a lot of boots that run big so I had to exchange the size but they help air out my sweaty feet which is what I was hoping for. Although the insole is so thin I had to replace it with another like others have done, or so I read. Although the little holes in the sole didn’t bother me. I’m almost thinking about putting holes in the soles I put in them to see how it goes. But they look great and feel that way too.

New Balance Tactical Abyss Boot Review
Very good boot for canoe portaging. I bought these boots for use canoeing in the BWCAW. I wet foot every portage and have used them in every kind of portage (sand, mud, muck, rocks, boulders, all bedrock, and 8 rods to 300+). I carry a 49 pound canoe with a 30 pound portage pack.

What I liked:
– Drained really well.
– Had reasonably good grip on slippery rocks.
– Fairly good ankle support.
– Reasonably light weight.
– Felt very comfortable once I got the right socks and lace tension.
– No dirt or debris got inside.
– They seemed to look brand new when I got home (muck and dirt washes right off)

What I didn’t like (all minor for me):
– The lacing is kind of unusual and takes some getting used to, but it stays in place very well.
– They didn’t dry as quickly as I had hoped, but still far quicker than my old hiking boots (and they will just get wet first thing in the morning anyway).
– I have a fairly narrow foot and found the toe box to be bigger than I prefer for the downhills. I used two pair of wool socks and that felt better.

Overall I was very happy with the boots and glad I bought them.

Under Armour Speed Freek boot Reviews
under armor speed freek boot reviewUnder Armour Speed Freek Hunting Boots
WHAT’S IT DO? Early on UA established itself as a leader in cold-weather hunting gear. Naturally, we were asked to turn our superior late season gear into a more workable weight for warmer months. Along with our early season gear, we designed a pair of early season hunting boots light enough for the trail, but with the superior protection and performance of heavier boots. When you need to stay on the move, hiking and hunting, you need an unrivaled balance of lightness and rugged construction. Mother Nature made hooves, so we made the Speed Freek.

Under Armour Speed Freek Boots review
These boots have that broken in feel right out of the box. Keep my feet cool and comfortable when roaming the hills while scouting for big game or shed hunting. The traction is very nice when walking on all types of terrain. You can buy the Under Armour Speed Freek at

Under Armour Speed Freek boot Review
These are the lightest most comfortable boots I have ever owned! Awesome and a great price at Amazon! I have told everyone I know about them. They are GREAT!!!!

Under Armour Speed Freek Hunting Boots Review – THE FUNDAMENTALS
GORE-TEX® lining is 100% waterproof but still allows sweat to escape, keeping your feet dry as the hunt heats up
Lightweight, waterproof pigskin leather overlays add protection and durability
Push-through protection outsole protects your foot from hazards in rough terrain, without sacrificing flexibility
High-abrasion TPU toe cap gives extra durability and protection to the front of the boots
Durable EVA midsole provides lightweight cushioning and shock absorption, protecting your foot in any terrain
Molded Ortholite® footbed is designed with a memory foam top and high-rebound foam bottom, for a customized, comfort fit
ETC® Anti-Friction Lining prevents rubbing on the foot, as well as wicking moisture to keep you dry and comfortable
Speed lacing shanks on the upper, for easy on/off without sacrificing a secure fit (Black colorway is designed to meet tactical/law enforcement requirements and does not feature lacing shanks)
Weight: 20 oz. Height: 7″

Question: Do any Special Forces use these boots? We know of a few contractors that use them.

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