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5357 desert forced entry ”deployment” boot review

5357 desert forced entry ''deployment'' boot

5357 desert forced entry ''deployment'' boot (Used)

For the last month I have been using the 5357 desert forced entry ”deployment” boot by Rothco on the weekends for Airsoft.  Trying them on for the first time was very nice, I knew right away that they would be a decent desert boot, the fit was nice and easy with the side zipper making for super fast on and off action.  Being a desert boot, it matched just right with my Multicam BDU’s.  They are a very rigid boot which I find nice when trying to traverse rocks and uneven ground since I am prone to rolling my ankles, which will definitely not be happening while wearing these I can tell.

5357 desert forced entry ''deployment'' boot

5357 desert forced entry ''deployment'' boot (Used)

The majority of the boot externally is made up of suede leather with parts of the lower, mid and upper being a breathable mesh, which makes for a comfortable boot in the heat.  I haven’t tested the boot in wet weather yet and would not think that it would be suitable for winter or severe rainy seasons seeing how the mesh goes almost all the way to the bottom of the boot, however I have noticed people walking through streams during warm seasons which may have a nice cooling effect, personally I would think that suede would start to disintegrate with moisture, but that has yet to be discovered by me, I have seen their boots afterwards and as such they have been seemingly unaffected visually.

The boots zipper is a durable plastic with a metal slider which I can tell from inspection is not a waterproof seal.  One thing that worries me about the zipper is that I may one day break it, so I have been extra careful in the way I zip it up, such as undoing the lace knot at the top and pushing the two sides of the boot inward as I zip, so far it has been very smooth and feels like a very strong zipper.  At the top of the boot where the zipper ends is a nice tab that Velcros over the slider to ensure that the zipper does not come undone which I think is a very nice feature.

5357 desert forced entry ''deployment'' boot

5357 desert forced entry ''deployment'' boot (Used)

The soles of the boots have what looks like two layers, one that absorbs shock and the bottom more rigid layer for traction.  The treads are a medium aggressive type that are evenly spaced and don’t collect rocks and mud like allot of other boots I have worn that seem impossible to clean.  One thing I have noticed about the tread however is that a small square piece has already come off from my second usage, however I was putting them through the paces of a good skirmish with lots of crouching, running, quick starts and stops, but I was still a little disappointed that is happened.  Ill keep putting them to good use and do an update if another piece falls off.

5357 desert forced entry ''deployment'' boot

5357 desert forced entry ''deployment'' boot (Torn tred)

As for the price, at around $59 dollars you can’t go wrong with such a sturdy boot, I have seen similar ones costing about 12 or 15 dollars more.

Here’s a little technical info on the 5357 desert forced entry ”deployment” boot:

– SUEDE LEATHER UPPER WITH BREATHABLE MESH
– 8″ HEIGHT
– RUNNING SHOE COMFORT IN A MILITARY BOOT
– YKK ZIPPER
– COMFORT COLLAR
– EVA MIDSOLE / RUBBER OUTSOLE
– STEEL SHANK
– RUST PROOF 8 EYELET LACE SYSTEM AVAILABLE IN SIZES 8 TO 11 REGULAR AND WIDE.

I bought mine from Weapon Blender

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