7 Top-Performing Tactical Boots

The right footwear is a key piece of the performance puzzle on duty and at the range.

7 Top-Performing Tactical Boots

True efficiency can be obtained only when all the critical pieces are in place. For tactical shooters, duty officers, military personnel and range officers that includes purpose-built boots that keep them operating in top form when the rubber meets the road. As a shooting sports retailer, it’s up to you to do everything you can to serve these gear junkies, who are always on the hunt for special-purpose equipment that will make them more efficient on the range and in the field. 

To achieve the highest level of performance possible, range and tactical boots are custom designed with tactical shooters/duty officers in mind — tailor made for field efficiency. And having a wide assortment of this gear on hand will ensure that your patron warriors leave your store or website fully equipped. Don't disappoint when they come knocking, looking for the latest and greatest in tactical boots. Be sure to have these items on hand.

Garmont 9.81 Alert Duty Boot

Agile and lightweight, the 9.81 Alert Mid-cut Duty Boot from Garmont is a task tested and inspired design that delivers grip, stability and protection in all elements. It features a Vibram Durmast outsole with Megagrip compound that significantly improves grip while maintaining excellent resistance properties on different types of terrain. A protective anti-torsion TPU insert is integrated into the arch for added support, while the EVA midsole provides enhanced cushioning and responsiveness. The Alert’s upper is equipped with breathable anti-abrasion mesh and welded TPU reinforcements around the heel pocket for stability and structure. An asymmetrical padded collar follows the anatomic shape of the heel and ankle while Garmont’s G-Wrap technology embraces the foot, creating better stability inside the boot. 

MSRP: $170.   


Irish Setter Fifty Boot

The lightweight Fifty Boot combines Irish Setter’s iconic white wedge sole and moc toe styling with a lighter weight, comfortable and sustainable ExtraLight sole platform made from 51% recycled material, and a sustainable footbed provides support and enhanced comfort using a  recycled EVA. The Fifty’s stretch nylon collar and tongue are highly breathable and comfortable and CuShin tongue protection with four-way stretch nylon offers comfort across the shin. A mostly unlined full-grain leather upper enhances breathability and comfort and Goodyear Welt construction allows for resoling to extend the boot’s lifespan. Irish Setter Fifty Boots are made in men and women sizes. The women’s boots are built on a women-specific last for better fit and comfort. 

MSRP: $169.


Lowa Zephyr MK2 GTX Mid Boot  

Lowa has updated its global best-seller, the Zephyr GTX Mid, to make it even stronger, more technical and more durable. The result is the Zephyr MK2 GTX, with standout features such as a dual-density PU midsole that insulates against heat and cold, a tear-resistant split leather/Cordura upper, locking ankle eyelet, lace holster, instep protection against rope abrasion while fast-roping and a new slip-, heat- and fuel-oil resistant outsole. It is EU PPE certified, durably waterproof and breathable and models are available for men and women. Women styles are made on a women-specific last. Other features include Gore-Tex Professional lining, Kinetic Z insole, double injection DURAPU midsole and Lowa X-Trac Military outsole. 

MSRP: $265.


Reebok Nano X1 Adventure Tactical Boot

The Nano X1 Adventure Tactical Boot from Reebok takes users out of their training routine and elevates their days in the field. Floatride Energy Foam in the forefoot provides a lightweight feel and responsive fit and raised lugs deliver better traction on any surface. Built with a rugged sole, The Nano 1 Adventure features a stretched ripstop mesh upper for outdoor vibes and extra durability, heel stabilizer for multi-directional movement support, MemoryTech Massage 2.0 footbed that conforms to the contours of the foot and provides immediate cushioning, and a slip resistant bottom that meets or exceeds the ASTM F3445 standard with lugs for all-terrain traction. 

MSRP: $160.


Rocky Mountain Combat Boot

Tapping into its outdoor performance heritage, Rocky Boots has introduced the Mountain Combat 8-inch Boot, built for secure footing on all terrain. This mid-height lace-up boot was designed for those who need protection over a wide range of environments including Special Forces and SWAT teams, law enforcement personnel, range operators and search and rescue professionals. It includes a TPU toe guard for protection, KulKote thermal regulating lining for comfort and temperature control and an advanced wrap-around lug and an oil- and slip-resisting rubber outsole for surefootedness. It also features full-grain flesh-out leather with superfabric inserts and a breathable tongue for additional airflow and breathability. The Rocky Mountain Combat Boot is available in Coyote Brown and Black. MSRP: $175.


Under Armor Charged Loadout Freedom Boot

The Charged Loadout Freedom Boot from Under Armor weighs only 14 ounces, with deep, multi-direction lugs for traction on any terrain, combined with the durability and lightweight performance of the Vibram Litebase TC4+ rubber sole. Vibram Litebase reduces the overall sole weight through a reduction of the sole thickness by 50%, while maintaining Vibram quality in grip, traction and durability. Other features include a full-length charged cushioning midsole for the ultimate in lightweight, shock-absorbing comfort, molded Ortholite PU footbed for long lasting comfort, Nubuck leather and rugged nylon upper and speed lacing eyelets and pull loops for fast and easy on/off. The Loadout Freedom Boot meets the standards for materials, color and construction for optional Army/Air Force uniform wear. MSRP: $160.


Zamberlan 1214 Lynx Mid GTX RR Boot The Zamberlan camouflage 1214 Lynx Mid GTX RR Boot delivers astonishing comfort, fit and performance on a relatively lightweight and extremely stable platform. This boot is an excellent choice where a mid-high, protective and highly breathable boot is required. It is outfitted with a protective rubber toe rand for increased durability and is available in regular and wide lasts. Features include extremely rugged Zamberlan Vibram 3D outsoles that provide excellent grip, dual-density midsoles made of PU with TPU stabilizers and Vibram's premier backcountry rubber compound, Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membranes that provide waterproof protection and breathability and Microtex collars that wick moisture from around the collar and reduce leg abrasion for greater comfort. MSRP: $440.  



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