A breakthrough in advanced comfort technology, Bates Individual Comfort System gives you the freedom to choose the setting that's right for you. The products with this technology have a midsole containing a removable disk that can be rotated among four zones to control firmness, cushion, inward and outward stability.
I received these boots and once I opened the box I was anxious to try them on, my other boots were Danner's which I found to be very heavy during training and after 8 hours I was ready to take them off. I wore the Bates for our next SWAT training and on this particular day we did alot of running and shooting on the move. The Bates performed excellent and were extremely comfortable and after the 8 hour day my feet were not aching like in the past. I also liked the fact that the soles seemed to be wider and I felt more stable while moving in a stack, it never seemed like I had to worry about ankle roll over. At one point I was covering a hallway in training and I was kneeling and another team member stepped on my ankle by accident and it never bothered me. I'm certain that if I had been wearing my Danners it would of been a different story. I have recommended the boots to the other team members and I would recommend them to any one that wants a boot that is light weight and comfortable, its almost like wearing a tennis shoe.
Deputy Russell Silver
Dissapointed. Not a great boot
I'm a member of a Tactical Police Unit and found these boots really disappointing for 3 reasons.
1) Not water proof at all. The tongue and zip have no gussets, so water streams in even with puddles or wet grass. Why even make a 8 inch boot that isn't at the very least splash proof.
2) The cosmetic design (raised stripes) along the side of the boot and the large ankle area laces eyelets, stops the boot flexing when running/walking and the boot digs into the front of the ankle joint. (Even after a concentrated 3 week breaking in period)
3)The ICS system is a gimmick and makes the boot feel high in the heel. It makes the boot feel unstable during fast changes in direction such as room clearance training etc.
I bought these concerns to BATES BOOTS attention via email and they dismissed my concerns saying, we don't advertise them as 'Waterproof' ........and that was it.
I will say, the stitching appeared strong for a made in China boot and it was great to find a wide fit boot. Over the breaking in period the sole flexed and absorbed shock well even for a non-Vibram boot. But to be frank, Bates disappointed me and I would not recommend them to anyone on teams. Spend a bit more, get a Salamon or TR boot.
Product Size Rating: Sized as Expected
How do you most use this product?: Law Enforcement
I walk 2.5 to 3.25 miles a day in a 8 hour day on conceret and up and down stairs.. I have foot problems. The boots have made me feet feel comfortable all day long. I had to put a insole in the boot for more comfort because of my feet being so sensitive. I am very happy with the boots. They are better then asic running shoes for me.