Best AR 670-1 Compliant Boot?

Hi  All, 

I'm looking for a line on the "best" AR 670-1 compliant boot.  I had been wearing Lowa Zephyr GTX boots for a couple of years when my new 1SG pointed out that the toe cap and raised heel doesn't meet with the updated 670-1.  Since then I've tried Oakleys, Rockys S2Vs,  and  Danner Tanicus.  None of them are very comfortable or supportive due to my low arches.  In fact, some knee and achilles pain would arise while wearing the Oakleys and Danners.  

Wanted to consult the brain trust and see what you all would recommend.  I purchased the Lowa Zephyr's on advice of this forum back in 2012 and never looked back (until now).  So I'm hoping for some good advice again.  

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I've been running the Garmont T-8's for a number of years.  Other than issue boots, they look the closest to the "normal" desert boots and I haven't received any flak for them.

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I'll second the Garmont T8.  I actually have a new pair arriving today and they'll be my third in 6 years. 

I'm interested in the Thorogood boot posted on Soldier Systems yesterday.  It might be worth giving them a call to discuss your feet and to see if they'd work out for you or not.

Is it those boots or the insoles? Standard insoles are designed to meet the average not people with high or low arches on the tail end of the distribution. If you have these boots “left over “ and are still serviceable, I would take a look at the right insoles to match your foot structure and your activities 

$20 to 60 vs $100-300.

 

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Garmont T8s are about all I’ll wear anymore.  I have a set of bellevilles I occasionally throw on but they dont fit my feet quite right and by the end of the day I’m done with them.

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From the perspective of getting the shit beat out of them under a ruck, the Garmont T8s are awesome. Many friends of mine do a shitload of miles under a lot of weight in them. I also love Danner Tachyon. Really, they feel like a high sneaker, but order half a size or so larger than your running shoes to accommodate having boot socks, etc. I *think* the coyote version are kosher with 670-1.

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Gents, seems like the Garmont T8s are getting a lot of votes, so I will definitely be checking them out.  Definitely appreciate the feedback.  

 
trackgrease posted:

Is it those boots or the insoles? Standard insoles are designed to meet the average not people with high or low arches on the tail end of the distribution. If you have these boots “left over “ and are still serviceable, I would take a look at the right insoles to match your foot structure and your activities 

$20 to 60 vs $100-300.

 

 In my 8 years in, I've always had New Balance and now, 10 second flat-foot insoles.  Without the insoles, I can feel my arches collapsing under load, but with these insoles I've never had a biomechanical issue.  I think the Lowa Zephyr's "wrap around" construction worked really well with those insoles, but, not so much with the 670-1's requirement that the sole does not extend over the sides of the boot.  

I just bought a pair of the Salomon AR 670-1 boots today, Initial impressions out of the box: same comfort as every pair of salomons I've owned, they do feel like they'll need to break in a little. The sole reminds me of a cross between the Quest sole and the Mid's. I'd definitely give them a look 

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HD_Cruisin posted:

Sabre 333 boots

I bought a pair of those a few weeks ago for field boots.  I hang out in the woods at the slightly warm CTC that has a bunch of dumb horses wandering around. 

The jury is still out for me.

Very supportive, not unconformable, does not feel "hot", has good traction, and does not smell like boiled over foot HIV like my old boots.   That said, I can't help but feel that they aren't broken in yet-it isn't the rainy season any more so somehow I have have missed the long walks in wet boots to break them in.

I'm a huge S2V fan, but wasn't going to buy a new set just to trash in the field.  

 

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Belleville 320's are my favorite AR670-1 boot.  I own 4 pairs of Garmont T8's and 3 pairs of 320's and I find myself never wearing the T8's.

320's are exceptionally durable, lightweight, dry quickly, have an aggressive (but hard) sole that is conducive to running.  The only real downside to the 320's is the poor ankle support.

T8's have somewhat better ankle support and have best-in-class traction in mountainous environments.   Excepting that, they aren't good to run in, they dry slowly, and the toe starts to peel off after extended use.  Of note, DO NOT purchase the Garmont NFS boots, they become unservicable quicker than any boot I've ever seen.

I tossed my two month old Belleville 333s in the trash, I like them so much.  $165 down the shitter.  I bought the Belleville 320s last month to use them in garrison and will roll with my tried and true Rocky S2Vs in the field.

 

I'm pretty damn impressed with the comfort of the 320s.   While I'm slightly concerned with longevity if I rotate them into the field, but that will be awhile as my S2Vs have another 6 months to a year of life left in them.  

 

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