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17510 No. 17510 ID: 86d09e
Are 5.11 boots OK? I'd like a side zip boot with toe protection + oil&water resistance. Pref not too high, so 6" ideally.

Side zip because I need to get in & out of the boot a lot when working on board of a ship (no work shoes on the bridge!). Which doesn't happen all that often, but it's enough of a bother to keep it in mind when buying new shoes.
I currently use Caterpillar (anti-static since I work in IT), but they don't seem to come in the sidezip version. So I wanted to try something else.

I came across the 5.11 A.T.A.C. Shield Side Zip ASTM boots.
Seems to fit the bill. penis_ already endorsed them on #/k/, what do you guys think? Any other suggestions?
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>> No. 17511 ID: 98c1a2
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These aren't tactical side zipper boots, but here's a bit of a comparison with my current work boots and a set of cheap walmart boots.

Both steel toed and "oil resistant". Years ago I did have some 5.11 boots and they lasted a little longer than the walmart boots, but not by that much. Both boot pairs have had pretty much exactly the same amount of wear in the same environment, but the current pair, the Royer boot, is faring a shitton better than pretty much any other boot I've tried previously.

Do you need sidezip? I've never had sidezip, so I can't say anything about them, but IMO it seems they would only add a point of failure...
>> No. 17512 ID: 86d09e
>Do you need sidezip? I've never had sidezip, so I can't say anything about them, but IMO it seems they would only add a point of failure...

I oversee a project to overhaul our entire fleet's, offices' & workshops' datacenters.
While for most installations, I'm not even on site, it does mean that sometimes I am. Especially on our insanely large offshore vessels (undersea cable layers, windmill installers,...) I tend to drop by, as those setups can be quite complex and delays can cost hundreds of thousands of euros in lost profits and operation costs per day.

On larger vessels, the bridge is squeaky clean and work shoes cannot be worn there. Safety shoes are however required virtually everywhere else.
This means you lose quite a bit of time getting in & out of work boots. In general, you get around it by either putting stupid plastic overshoes on the boots if you only need to be on the bridge to discuss something briefly with the captain or you don't lace up the entire way to cut down on time needed to get in & out of them. Neither are optimal choices.

As such, sidezip would be handy and I don't require superheavy duty stuff. Most important is probably being comfortable since on a ship you do A LOT of stairs in a day.
Sidezip is just a "nice to have" type of thing I'd like to try out. Overall, €125 to €200 for good work boots is not a high price. They should last me long enough as I'd maybe wear them one month out of the year.
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5.11 Tactical ATAC 8" Side Zip Boots
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Anyone ever worn these side-zipper boots?
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And the people who make high-end slippers are making one.
Merrell Men's Polar Side-Zip Boot $99
You may not be climbing Mt. Everest or trekking across the Arctic, but you still want your boots to keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable when winter weather hits. Conquer cold, slick conditions in Merrell's Polar Boots with amazing ice-gripping performance! Rugged, waterproof leather upper is lined with 200 grams of heat-retaining polar fleece Thinsulate® Insulation that seals out cold and wet, yet allows moisture to escape, so feet stay dry, comfortable and odor free. Merrell Active Heat removable felted footbed features a silver film lining that reflects heat back to keep feet toasty warm, not sweaty. Shock absorbing air cushioned heel and EVA midsole adds stability for the support you need. Rubber rand buffers toes and heels for extra protection and increased durability. And ICE GRIP technology maximizes traction over snow, slush and ice with a specialized design that bites into slippery surfaces like crampons! Side-Zip Boot slips on with convenient 5" zipper — bellows opening keeps snow out. Merrell Polar Boots keep your feet toasty warm, and the elements at bay! 6mm lug depth. http://www.herringtoncatalog.com/products/merrell-mens-polar-side-zip-boot
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Swat Men's Classic 9" Tactical Police Military Boots Side Zip 1152
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Rocky Side Zipper Jump Boot https://www.rockyboots.com/rocky-mens-boots/rocky-side-zipper-jump-boot/FQ0002091.html
>> No. 17518 ID: ed76d8
I don't know if side zips have gotten any better, but last I checked (albeit 5 years ago), they're generally pretty shit.

Have you considered pull ons? Redwings makes some fantastic pull on work boots, I believe some in the 6" range.

As for 5.11, I hear great things about their boots. If side zippers have gotten any better since I was last looking for them, I'd take a gamble on them.
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I used to wear Belleville 610 STZ with the steel toes in the air force, they were quite good.

Remember that side zips are super easy to get off, but it doesn't always work the same way to get back on. I'm not sure why that is, but it always seemed like zipping them back on fit very oddly.

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