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Updated on August 19, 2014
Brands are releasing new boot styles just in time for fall. Loaded with ground-breaking technologies and lightweight innovations, these styles are ones you won’t want to miss. Four new styles immediately stand out. One of these could be your new go-to pair.
New from 5.11, the Skyweight boots were built with two goals in mind–less weight, more mobility. A durable outsole features arch lugs, self-cleaning forefront lugs and a rear heel break. The outsole, along with an integrated nylon shank, adds aggressiveness without weighing the boot down. To top it off, the 8-mm heel-to-toe drop allows maximum acceleration and responsiveness.
Equal parts combat boot and athletic shoe, the Reebok Dauntless Ultra Light can take on whatever obstacles that next mission throws your way. In addition to its aggressive all-terrain tread, the Dauntless Ultra Light features an injected EVA midsole that maximizes comfort and minimizes the overall weight of the boot. Its removable insole absorbs shock and moisture while the Aegis antimicrobial, moisture-wicking lining keeps feet dry. And with the 8-inch boot weighing only 15.9 ounces., strapping into the Dauntless Ultra Light feels like wearing nothing at all.
Hawk boots are built with the resilience you’ve come to expect from Original SWAT but are engineered with reduced weight in mind. Known for ultra-protective, aggressive styles, this is the brand’s first foray into the lightweight boot market. Hawk stands for High Agility Weight Kinetics. Like its name implies, the boot is designed to increase agility, speed and safety all while weighing in at a mere 15.5 ounces per boot.
Original SWAT gives us a breakdown of the Hawk:
The Valsetz RTS, an update to the popular Valsetz tactical boot, snags our top spot. RTS stands for “Redesigned Tactical Shoe,” and true to its name, the boot has been redesigned top to bottom. The tread is upgraded with smaller, more aggressive lugs and a new instep for fast rope and ladder operations. Under Armour replaced the upper stitching with a welded reinforcement for added durability. The top of the boot features Under Armour’s patented ClutchFit technology for optimized support and stability. These upgrades don’t weigh the boot down though. The new Valsetz RTS actually weighs 2 ounces lighter than the previous model.
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