New Balance OTB boot reviews

Check out the reviews, videos and comparisons for the New Balance Desertlite OTB boot and you be the judge what is best for your feet on your next hike.

New Balance OTB (Off the Board) boots are a line of tactical boots designed for use by military personnel, law enforcement, and other tactical professionals. These boots are designed to be rugged, durable, and comfortable, and are made to withstand the rigors of outdoor and tactical activities.

New Balance OTB boots are made with a variety of materials, including leather, nylon, and synthetic materials. They are designed to provide excellent support and stability, with features such as reinforced toe caps, padded collars and tongues, and cushioned insoles. They also offer excellent traction and grip, with specially designed outsoles that provide traction on a variety of surfaces.

One of the standout features of New Balance OTB boots is their use of advanced technologies to enhance performance and comfort. For example, some models use the brand’s proprietary Vibram outsole technology, which provides exceptional grip and durability. They also feature the brand’s REVlite foam technology, which provides lightweight cushioning and support, without sacrificing durability.

New Balance OTB Boot Review
Best military boot you can buy. The OTB Desertlites were recommended to be by a Green Beret who has fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I now own two pairs of these boots, and they have taken me through four months of infantry school, Airborne School, and through the forests, mountains, and swamps of Ranger School. And I still wear the same ones whenever I hit the field. They are the best boots you can find.

The New Balance OTB boots are extremely lightweight, on par with the lightest but cheaply made Nike boots. I have run on both trails and pavement for long distances without feeling the typical heaviness and awkwardness of combat boots. The sole is not a vibram sole, but it is more flexible and just as durable (my soles show minimal wear despite 8 months of hardcore use). The soles are sown on the heel and the toe, and glued on everywhere else. Some of my buddies have had problems after a few months with the soles starting to peel off from the sides, but mine have stayed on fine. The laces are strong and well suited to the boot. You don’t need to use 550 cord.

The OTB’s are an excellent boot for both moderate and hot climates. They’ve got three drain holes and the insole is breathable and quick-drying. These are the fastest drying boots you can find. They’ll dry within a few hours after complete submersion if you leave them out in the sun, and within 4-8 hours if you continue to wear them. Same with the insoles.

Despite the rather soft soles, these boots held up well rappelling, rock climbing, and mountain climbing. They gripped wet rock as well as vibram-soled boots, and they also held a solid lock when rope-climbing. They do not provide much for ankle support, so if you have chronic ankle sprains, either lace them up tight or use an ankle brace (it will fit inside the boot. I’ve done it).

I used them in the field for weeks when the temperature was below freezing, and, as you’d expect, my feet were numb if I was stationary. If you need an extreme cold weather (0 degrees Fahrenheit and below) boot, or you expect to endure cold AND wet weather, get an extra pair of boots for that purpose.


Overall, New Balance OTB boots are a reliable and high-quality option for anyone in need of durable and comfortable tactical footwear. Whether you’re in the military, law enforcement, or just looking for a tough and reliable pair of boots for outdoor activities, New Balance OTB boots are definitely worth considering.

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