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Gearspotting: Name this USGI boot / Joe boots in general.

Hi,

I like USGI gear.

First question: I was wondering if anyone can identify these boots:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97597408@N07/9060684607/

If it's standard issue the Nato Stock Number (NSN) is nice to have since most eBay listings show this...


Also, in a similar vein with what I have been asking about USGI gear, people have pointed out that many soldiers replace what they are issued (except for weapons) based on SOP and METT-TC factors. The boots in the above photo look like they would be pretty lousy anywhere except for the most flat and dry terrain.

These are the boots I have (Danner TFX Rough Out):

http://www.danner.com/desert-tfxr-ro...ary-boots.html

They put down nice traction on any terrain, whether it's bone dry and flat or rocky and muddy, and they are surprisingly light.

So, my second question is:

I think I had heard that Danner was a US contractor, or at least commonly worn by Joes. Can anyone confirm or deny this? Any opinions on Danner products and the alternatives?
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:53 PM
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:55 PM
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I know most boots issued by the army are batesville, Bellville, and Altima. Now as for the danner boots they are awesome boots I had a pair last me about 2 1/2 years and they were worth every penny. Now since they are not standard issue you would have to check with the commander or someone in the chain of command to see if they fit into the sop.
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my dad wore danners when he was in afghanistan with the 4th ESC (2011-2012). loved em, still has them I think. I actually think they had a contract with the marines, but do not take it as gospel
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I personally use Rocky's (http://www.rockyboots.com/Product-De...Military-Boot/ to be exact) they are probably the most comfortable boot I have ever worn. I've also heard of these being used a lot by guys who work with artillery hence the steel toe. Also for the price you cannot get anything better.

I called Rocky Outdoor Gear before I bought my pair and the pricing of these boots was actually an accident, but I see that they haven't fixed it yet haha so for $70 it's a steal.
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Stick with danner's.

However, trade your hot series boots in on a full GTX boot. I've worn Danner's for the past 12+ years in every condition you can imagine.

The GTX boots that are sold to the military, started out as the pronghorn boot. Which, has been a classic hunting boot for a decade or more. Great boots, however they changed them recently - for the worse.

I personally own:
Danner Ridgemaster GTX
Danner DFA GTX Canteens
Danner TFA GTX Rough-Outs (Several pairs)
Danner Pronghorn
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Stick with danner's.

However, trade your hot series boots in on a full GTX boot. I've worn Danner's for the past 12+ years in every condition you can imagine.

The GTX boots that are sold to the military, started out as the pronghorn boot. Which, has been a classic hunting boot for a decade or more. Great boots, however they changed them recently - for the worse.

I personally own:
Danner Ridgemaster GTX
Danner DFA GTX Canteens
Danner TFA GTX Rough-Outs (Several pairs)
Danner Pronghorn
What's the difference between the GTX and the Hot series?
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What's the difference between the GTX and the Hot series?
Hot series = not full gortex = not water proof.


GTX series = Full gortex = water proof. (Also semi-insulated, due to the gortex)
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GTX or non-GTX is something to think about though if your feet sweat a lot, like mine. The GTX boots I was issued are pretty comfortable but they get bad in the summer time due to excessive sweat.
To answer your question, I don't know if they are a contractor, but yes a lot of guys wear them. That's not to say that they are the most popular boot out there, but it is widely worn by a number of people I know. I myself have never worn them, so I cannot offer an opinion on how they stack up against any other boots I have worn. I can say though that pretty much anything is better than the tie-on foot-bricks that I was issued.
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Have to say waterproof is not always the best option for everyone. Having your boot dry out after you take them off or the ability for them to properly vent will beat out waterproof in my book.

Yes you should have a good boot sock in addition to your footwear, but sweat also has to go somewhere after your socks absorb them.

Consider the environment you intend to operate before you decide the waterproof vs. quick-drying options. Having a water tight boot may not be a necessity at that point.
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Have to say waterproof is not always the best option for everyone. Having your boot dry out after you take them off or the ability for them to properly vent will beat out waterproof in my book.

Yes you should have a good boot sock in addition to your footwear, but sweat also has to go somewhere after your socks absorb them.

Consider the environment you intend to operate before you decide the waterproof vs. quick-drying options. Having a water tight boot may not be a necessity at that point.
Agreed. I don't do Gore-Tex anymore, I prefer a desert boot that breathes well and drains. In cold weather just wear some thicker wool socks. For me Gore-Tex doesn't breathe well enough. I prefer a desert boot with a nice wool sock that will dry quickly.
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