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USMC Lightweight DuraShocks® Boot

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This lightweight Berry Compliant boot is made with oil, stain and abrasion resistant Wolverine Warrior Leather®. Also featuring Bates DuraShocks® shock absorbing comfort technology, you'll be comfortable on your feet all day long.
• Oil, Stain and Abrasion-Resistant Wolverine Warrior Leather® and Nylon Upper
• Breathable Moisture Wicking Lining
• Bates DuraShocks® Shock Absorbing Comfort Technology
• Bates DuraShocks® Energy Returning Outsole
• Proudly Manufactured in the USA
Technology
SHOP BATES DURASHOCKS®

This proprietary comfort system absorbs shock and transfers energy through compression pads in the heel and forepart of the outsole. Backed by a 30-day Comfort Guarantee.


SHOP BATES DURASHOCKS®
Made in the USA

Assembled in the USA

Proudly manufactured in our U.S. facility.



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SHOP ELECTRICAL HAZARD

SLIP RESISTANT

Footwear has passed the
SATRA WTM 144 test for
slip resistance.


SHOP SLIP RESISTANT
waterproof

Breathable pig skin featuring Scotchguard™ by 3M® protector for leather. Scotchguard provides oil and stain resistant technology that protects from dirt, chemicals, oil and water based stains.


SHOP WOLVERINE WARRIOR LEATHER™
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1 5
THEY DON'T LAST I love the comfort of the lightweight durashock but the outsoles begin to break after about two years; and that's with light use as I have other pairs I use for different occasions. My boots still look new and pristine but they can't be re-soled, so that pretty much renders them useless. This is my third or fourth pair and I'm getting ready to order another (unfortunately). So you figure that's at least $600-$800 down the drain. If Bates were to take their boots a little more serious, they'd consider this review. I've complained on a new pair outsoles breaking I used while in Afghanistan (on the FOB). I sent pictures in etc, yet they still have outsoles that break/crack... That was in 2011/12. It's 2017 and the outsoles are still the same. I have 3 years to retire so I'm hoping these are the last pair I ever have to buy... One could say well there's plenty of other boots to try. Unfortunately these are the best for my feet, yet the worst outsoles available. OTB's new jungle boots "dessert lights" were by far superior to Bates and the best for combat operations. Unfortunately they went out of business. I think New Balance took the contract then got away from the desert lights. I'd buy those in a heart beat.

THEY DON'T LAST

Oct 10, 2017
I love the comfort of the lightweight durashock but the outsoles begin to break after about two years; and that's with light use as I have other pairs I use for different occasions. My boots still look new and pristine but they can't be re-soled, so that pretty much renders them useless. This is my third or fourth pair and I'm getting ready to order another (unfortunately). So you figure that's at least $600-$800 down the drain. If Bates were to take their boots a little more serious, they'd consider this review. I've complained on a new pair outsoles breaking I used while in Afghanistan (on the FOB). I sent pictures in etc, yet they still have outsoles that break/crack... That was in 2011/12. It's 2017 and the outsoles are still the same. I have 3 years to retire so I'm hoping these are the last pair I ever have to buy... One could say well there's plenty of other boots to try. Unfortunately these are the best for my feet, yet the worst outsoles available. OTB's new jungle boots "dessert lights" were by far superior to Bates and the best for combat operations. Unfortunately they went out of business. I think New Balance took the contract then got away from the desert lights. I'd buy those in a heart beat.
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5 5
a recommeded boot that every military member should buy. These are like wearing running shoes. They are the best boots I've ever spent my money on. With the old boots I used to have, my feet, back, and knees would be killing me after a long run. When I first ran with these, I thought they were going to be stiff and the first run was going to hurt. Instead, I swear from the first run till now, these Bates lights have been a breeze. I highly recommend these if you hike, run, or do any tactical training/work. You wont regret it!

a recommeded boot that every military member should buy.

Oct 01, 2017
These are like wearing running shoes. They are the best boots I've ever spent my money on. With the old boots I used to have, my feet, back, and knees would be killing me after a long run. When I first ran with these, I thought they were going to be stiff and the first run was going to hurt. Instead, I swear from the first run till now, these Bates lights have been a breeze. I highly recommend these if you hike, run, or do any tactical training/work. You wont regret it!
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4 5
a very comfortable boot Boots often have trade-offs in which robustness and comfort compete - more of one means less of the other. But these boots are an exception. They have the robustness of a good working boot, and the comfort of sneakers. Over the years, I've worn out two pairs and am now on my third. That said, there appears to be some slight modifications that I am not enthusiastic about, particularly (1.) the toe seems to be harder (I preferred the softer toe), and (2.) the throat line seam, between the upper throat and the lower tongue is less smooth. I suspect these modifications make the boot more robust, but detract a bit from the comfort. II wear these boots especially on days when I do volunteer work at the local national park (Great Falls) and am on my feet on rough terrain most of the time. There's the best I've found for this kind of work. I also like the USMC approval of these boots. My days as an active duty Marine occurred a half-century ago. But I still recall the Marine Corps cares about its people, and does its best to make its people the best - and that include their feet! Indeed, especially so!

a very comfortable boot

Jun 20, 2017
Boots often have trade-offs in which robustness and comfort compete - more of one means less of the other. But these boots are an exception. They have the robustness of a good working boot, and the comfort of sneakers. Over the years, I've worn out two pairs and am now on my third. That said, there appears to be some slight modifications that I am not enthusiastic about, particularly (1.) the toe seems to be harder (I preferred the softer toe), and (2.) the throat line seam, between the upper throat and the lower tongue is less smooth. I suspect these modifications make the boot more robust, but detract a bit from the comfort. II wear these boots especially on days when I do volunteer work at the local national park (Great Falls) and am on my feet on rough terrain most of the time. There's the best I've found for this kind of work. I also like the USMC approval of these boots. My days as an active duty Marine occurred a half-century ago. But I still recall the Marine Corps cares about its people, and does its best to make its people the best - and that include their feet! Indeed, especially so!
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5 5
Amazingly Lightweight Boot In my 12 years with the Corps I have had two pairs of the E50501 USMC Durashock boots and my current pair of E30501 USMC Hot Weather boots. Both of these boots are marketed as Bates Lites with the difference being the E50501 is lighter with a waffle type tread pattern. The E30501 is heavier, has a more aggressive tread and the soles are much harder than its brother. The E50501 is by far my favorite boot of all time. They fit well almost immediately from the box with a very short break in period and once they are broken in you would be hard pressed to find a lighter and more comfortable boot out there, at least one that is Marine Corps approved. I used the E50501 exclusively for CFT's, ruck marches and boots and utes runs. They feel like a sneaker and that is not an understatement. Due to the softer material used for the soles and the fairly shallow tread depth these boots did wear down more quickly than the E30501 and they developed a crack in the sole where the ball of the foot flexes. However I did get about 18 months out of the boot before these issues appeared. Even after the tread wore down and the crack appeared I continued to wear them just because they fit so well. With the softer sole material, even with the tread worn away the boots gripped and conformed around rocky surfaces and were still usable in certain terrain. I will be buying my third pair of E50501 Bates Lites USMC DuraShocks® Boots in the very near future. I cannot say enough good about these boots and would recommend them to anyone looking for a rugged, lightweight, all-terrain boot.

Amazingly Lightweight Boot

Mar 06, 2017
In my 12 years with the Corps I have had two pairs of the E50501 USMC Durashock boots and my current pair of E30501 USMC Hot Weather boots. Both of these boots are marketed as Bates Lites with the difference being the E50501 is lighter with a waffle type tread pattern. The E30501 is heavier, has a more aggressive tread and the soles are much harder than its brother. The E50501 is by far my favorite boot of all time. They fit well almost immediately from the box with a very short break in period and once they are broken in you would be hard pressed to find a lighter and more comfortable boot out there, at least one that is Marine Corps approved. I used the E50501 exclusively for CFT's, ruck marches and boots and utes runs. They feel like a sneaker and that is not an understatement. Due to the softer material used for the soles and the fairly shallow tread depth these boots did wear down more quickly than the E30501 and they developed a crack in the sole where the ball of the foot flexes. However I did get about 18 months out of the boot before these issues appeared. Even after the tread wore down and the crack appeared I continued to wear them just because they fit so well. With the softer sole material, even with the tread worn away the boots gripped and conformed around rocky surfaces and were still usable in certain terrain. I will be buying my third pair of E50501 Bates Lites USMC DuraShocks® Boots in the very near future. I cannot say enough good about these boots and would recommend them to anyone looking for a rugged, lightweight, all-terrain boot.
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5 5
This is a great boot Very useful for cold weather keeps feet from freezing

This is a great boot

Jan 17, 2017
Very useful for cold weather keeps feet from freezing
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