The Bates 922 boot gets a lot of publicity as it was the go to boot for Navy SEAL training candidates at BUD/S. These boots are relatively inexpensive and break in easy – and they drain well. What is not to like about them. Check out the reviews below and you decide.
Bates Tropical 922 boot review
If you’re looking for a durable, comfortable, boot, look no further than the Bates Tropical SEALs boot. I have owned these for 5 years and worn them for work as a DOD contractor and LEO. We have the same boot in the Corps, but in a desert suede which are equally incredible. They are a great go-to boot that has a good value price
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Bates 922 boot review by Marine veteran
From foot patrols in dry rocky terrain to a beat in the city, these boots never let me down. 12-18 days on foot and anyone’s feet will hurt, but these made it better than any other boots I’ve owned. The sole is more of a urban tactical sole than a combat boot. It’s forward oriented tread makes running on hard surfaces easier than with a more traditional blocky combat sole.
These are the boots the Navy Seals are issued in training. And as I mentioned, the Marine Corps is using the same boot in a rough-out tan. They’re that good. After 5 years of hard use, my soles are just starting to show some wear.
The Bates 922 Durashock boots are issued to Navy SEAL candidates at BUDS training. I personally wore them while I was training there. I also wore jungle boots which were the earlier version of the Durashock. The boots dry quickly and provide support and cushioning. The boots drain quickly and give you a good grip on slippery surfaces. I would were them to morning PT at our main headquarters.
The Bates Boots are a great overall training boot as it protects the foot while draining easily when getting in and out of the water. The Dura-Shock sole also helps on long runs and continual pounding running to the chow hall and obstacle course.
A question that we get is “What are common Bates 922 modifications?”. We see athletes add in Superfeet premium insoles
premier insoles if your going to hike long range. We also see athletes add Rhino wire laces (uncuttable, unburnable) as these are wicked strong.
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