The Bates are the legendary boots that have been used for a decade plus at Navy SEAL BUDS training in Coronado and in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Before that they wore jungle boots.
Check out these reviews for the Top 10 Bates Tactical boots.
Bates Men’s Ultra-Lites 8 Inches Tactical Sport Side Zip Work Boot,Black,10 M US
Here are a few pro’s that I found about the boot–
1.) Look incredibly sharp and professional.
2.) Zipper has been working great so far.
3.) Incredibly comfortable and provides great support.
4.) Very durable.
5.) Very light.
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Bates Men’s Gx-8 Comp Toe Side Zip Work Boot,Sage,10.5 M US review by Turk: I work on a construction site in the middle of the Saudi desert, so they get a real tough life. So I am delighted how well they are performing. Very comfortable indeed. Let my feet breathe and are tougher than my last pair which stood up to 4 years of abuse before giving up the ghost. These will last longer at the rate they are going, which is great I might get a spare pair for back in the UK as there so good. the side zip is a great idea and works well, especially when you are tired at he end of the day and just want to get them off and relax… don’t delay get them while you can, excellent value for the work they do.
Bates Women’s Ultra-Lites 8 Inches Tactical Sport Side Zip Boot,Black,9 M US review by SZ: I have worked corrections for 7 years and these are the best boots Ive had.
No break-in period. Actually had to run and have a use of force in them the second day. Very light and easy to shine. They also clear a walk-thru metal detector.
Bates Men’s 8 Inches Tactical Sport Work Boot,Desert/Tan/Broncoeado,10 M US review by Bassman: These are spectacular boots for anyone in the law enforcement, corrections, or EMS field. I work at a detention center in Virginia and needed a sturdy pair of boots that provided a lot of ankle support since we are often running around tight corners when responding to emergency situations. That’s why I opted for the 8″ uppers.
Bates Men’s 8 Inches Tropical Seals Durashocks Work Boot,Black,10.5 M US review by AMer: Comfortable, versatile, and tough. If you’re looking for a durable, comfortable, boot, look no further than the Bates Tropical Seals.
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.
Bates Men’s Zero Mass 8 Inches Work Boot,Desert,10 M US review by JoeArmy: Started off with my standard 10.5 and eventually ended up with a 9.5. So basically a whole size smaller.
Really light weight boot great for mounted operations where a rugged all terrain boot is not needed. It is also great for just for walking in. Would recommend something more durable and substantial if you are a planning on doing lots of foot patrols and movement.
Bates Men’s Zero Mass 6 Inches Side Zip Work Boot,Black,10 M US review by Jimme: Comfortable, light weight. Runs a bit large. My favorite pair of light boots.
Good construction quality with leather and fabric uppers and a light sole with good grip. The side zipper is great. Very comfortable and virtually zero break in necessary. Has held up for a few weeks so far without problems.
Bates Men’s 8 Inches Steel Toe Side Zip Work Boot,Black,10.5 M US review by Roman: I am an Active Duty Enlisted member in the United States Navy and these are my absolute favorite boots. I used to be able to purchase them at the local Navy Exchange (NEX) but haven’t been able to find them recently.
I can not gauruntee they are 100% authorized for ship board wear, however, I am an engineer and the black leather steel toe is all that concerns me. Extrememly comfortable once broken in and the side zipper really makes all the difference in the world.
Question: Hey coach. I need help in making a decision between getting a pair of Olympic lifting shoes or the bates 922. Funds are tight so it’s one of the other. As a person training for an SO contract. What would you suggest would be the better buy? The bates I would be able to start running in. The lifting shoes will help with my Olympic lifts. Right now I’m at 28 miles a week running. And will be near 50 before I ship. At what point is it good to introduce running in boots.
Answer: Get the boots for rucking and running in sand to prepare for BUDS. You don’t need olympic weightlifting shoes.