Great low-cut boot/shoe
I work for a Lexus dealership in south Florida, the type of work I perform is inside the shop and out on the road, changing batteries and tires and other simple job related tasks. In hot sunny days and nasty rainy weather, these shoes have lasted longer than any I have ever owned. Still very comfortable and now a little beat up, I have owned this pair for two years; other shoes would have lasted a year. I am waiting for my next pair to arrive at a local Army Navy store in Boca Raton, just a few more days.... can't wait for my new ones!! :-)
By the way, I have orthopedic inserts on these shoes and they're still perfectly balanced and fit great!
Good All-Season Boot
I'm on my third pair of GX-4 boots. I have worn these in foot pursuits, climbing fences and kicking down doors. They are lightweight, comfortable and require no break-in. The GX-4 with Gore-Tex is all-season duty footwear that does everything well...not great but good. It does have to make some compromises as a quarter-boot. It repels rain reasonably well and still lets your feet breathe. In extreme temps they may not be the best performer. In very hot, humid weather your feet will get sweaty and funky and on below-zero nights your toes will get frosty. The outsole is soft and comfortable and has disc-like treads that grip surprisingly well on gravel, snow and ice. The sole does wear out more quickly than a Vibram sole however. (Expect to get about 14 months to 2 years out of these boots.) I love the durable rubberized spine and heel. It does a great job of protecting you from the filthy floor-boards of police vehicles. There is no protective toe-cap but the front bumper does a good job of protecting your toes. Overall its a good boot and I hope Bates keeps this model around awhile.
Product Size Rating: Sized as Expected
How do you most use this product?: On-duty. In uniform or plain-clothes.
I wear the gx-4 daily working on my farm in all kinds of weather. I just purchased my 3rd GX-4 pair. Initial pair lasted less than one year. Cracks developed and leaked. Second pair I treated with saddle soap every four months and they lasted almost two years. Great boot, but needs tender loving care.
Pedricktown, NJ 08067