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    Hey guys,

    I'm about to go into the fire academy and I have all of my turnout gear except for bunker boots and a fire hood. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for boots. There are three I'm looking at right now:

    http://www.chiefsupply.com/Fire%2CRe...Rubber/8076003

    http://www.chiefsupply.com/Fire%2CRe.../Rubber/SR1454

    http://www.fire-end.com/boots6.html

    From what I've read the leather boots are a lot more comfortable but I'm not sure if it would be worth it to buy leather boots just for the academy. I'm also worried about making myself standout too much by having different equipment than everyone else will likely have since I don't want to draw any negative attention from the instructors.

    If anyone has recommendations or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Jon


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    Personally, for the academy I'd by the cheapest ones that will meet your needs. You'll tear them up and it's likely you'll get ones issued to you when you get hired.

    Also, do a search re: boots. You'll find plenty of threads. Lots of opinions about which boots are best.

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    Rubber boots might be best for the academy, but if you know that you will be issued rubber boots on the department, it might be best to put that $125 bucks towards leathers.

    I personally will never even look at another pair of leathers. I love mine. When I went though the academy, quite a few of us had leathers.

    Now this is just my opinion and what I have heard, but I know a few people who have had the Black Diamond boots and ended up selling them on eBay within a month of their purchase. I only tried them on once and did not like them. Their heel lock deal is a good idea but its kind of pain to get your feet outsometimes. I wear Globes and love them.
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    A pair of rubbers will suffice. Those things are going to be so beat up by the time you are done. Not worth it to put a brand new set of leathers through that. Maybe even go used.

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    have you checked with the academy to see what the will accept???????

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. I ended up going with a cheap pair of rubber boots. Hopefully I have all of the correct equipment I need now.

    Thanks again!

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    Does your departmwnt not issue you boots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stock07 View Post
    Does your departmwnt not issue you boots?
    I'm assuming he's in going to college, and it's a college run academy as part of a fire science degree. That's how it is at the tech college around me. I could be way off base, but that's my guess.

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    Yeah, it's a college academy part of a fire science program. I'm not on a department yet so I had to get my own equipment.

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