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    Well the time has come to get another set of boots for general staiton use and daily use on the ambo. I have had two pairs of Thorogood Commando Duece boots in a row, and I have enjoyed them very much. I was wondering what you guys recommend. I am looking for 6", side zip, composite toe, and bloodborne pathogen resistant. Thanks!

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    Nice thread. I was just starting to look for some as well today.

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    Don't know about the pathogen resistance of these (So I doubt they have it), but I've worn the same pair of these almost every day for 2 years. Going to purchase a new pair in the next week or so.

    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...side_zip_boot/

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    I have always liked the Redback boots.
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    Look at the Rocky FirstMed series.

    I have worn a pair of 8" w/ the lace in front zipper for over 3 years and I love them,. Starting to show some age (worn sole & worn through sections of the lining) but still going strong.

    I recently got a set of Side Zip thorogood boots from my part-time gig and didn't like them very much at first - but now they are starting to break in & I'm learning how to lace side zip boots for maximum comfort so I think they will be alright as time passes.
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    I currently wear the 511 ATAC-8" and don't realy care for them. They are water proof up to 8", but when its hot out you'll have 8" of sweat on the inside. The Ridge Air-Tac are by far the most comfortable boots I've worn and I've worn about 6 different manufactures products. The problem with boots is that if you ask eight different people, you'll get eight different answers.
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    I always wore rocky's and swore by them, but at FH Expo I got a sweet deal that I could not refuse on a pair of Haix boots.

    And let me tell ya, the Haix somehow are even better than the rocky's. I LOVE THE THINGS! Everyone I've ever talked to loves both their station boots and fire boots. There are guys on our dept who have both and love them.
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    Haix is a great boot. The best thing about them is that fact they can be resoled.

    i do not believe they have a boot with a side zipper

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    Quote Originally Posted by arff17 View Post
    Haix is a great boot. The best thing about them is that fact they can be resoled.

    i do not believe they have a boot with a side zipper
    That was a major selling point for me as well. Hell, the way I'm going they're gonna need it! I love the things.

    And I dont think that they have a side zip either. My rockys were side zip and i liked it, but overall comfort goes to the Haix
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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleWickman View Post
    I have always liked the Redback boots.
    Another vote for the Redbacks. Good boots!
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    Haix does make a boot with the side zip.
    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr..._up_lace_boot/

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    I also vote for redbacks for general station duty. comfortable, light, and I have had mine for close to 3 years now excellent boot

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    Are there any pros and cons to front-zip and side-zip boots? Either easier to wear? Or is it just personal preference? Most people that I know have side, but when I did a station visit out in LA once, I noticed that they all had front-zip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calphenix View Post
    I also vote for redbacks for general station duty. comfortable, light, and I have had mine for close to 3 years now excellent boot
    I'd 4th that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowKey View Post
    I'd 4th that!
    Make it 5. I love mine! The store I bought mine from in Akron sells A LOT of them they said. The sell all major brands of boots too (Danner, Rocky, Thoroughgood etc...) I have had mine for over a year now, and besides some occasional polish and some new insoles, they are like the new (except more comfortable as they are nice and broken in LOL) I Highly recommend them and I would say more guys at my house would be wearing them if they weren't so tight LOL.
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    Good thread! I have the 5.11 ATAC and am not that thrilled with them either. They have never seemed very comfortable. I have worn Rocky's and Bates in the past, they are comfortable at first but don't seem to hold up well. The 5.11's are a year old and need to be replaced, I think they lasted a little longer than Bates or Rocky's. Where do you guys buy the Redback's at?

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    I dont think you can get a waterproof boot with a side zip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clark918 View Post
    Are there any pros and cons to front-zip and side-zip boots? Either easier to wear? Or is it just personal preference? Most people that I know have side, but when I did a station visit out in LA once, I noticed that they all had front-zip.
    O.K. - From my Non scientific point of view. If you are comparing Non-waterproof boots - then I would say it's a matter of preference - 6 of 1 Half-dozen of the other.

    For the waterproof boots - to keep a side zip boot waterproof - the zipper only opens the outer shell of the boot - the inner liner is continuous and has a "pleated" section under the zipper that will unfold and allow the side to expand to get your foot in & out. The front zip boots have a continuous inner liner as well, however it is "pleated" behind the boot tongue and therefore less noticeable and slightly more "natural" donning & doffing.

    I now have a pair of each and currently I still prefer my front zips because (1) It's what I'm used to & (2) They are 5+ years old and broken in whereas the Side Zips are new & still stiff.

    But the more I wear the side zips - the more they grow on me.

    Bottom line - try on as many pair as you can & wear what feels good to you.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyirons2 View Post
    I dont think you can get a waterproof boot with a side zip.
    Thorogood makes Side Zips that are water proof -I'm pretty sure all the other Major players do also.

    Ref - my previous post - I think these are what my part-time gig is issuing now (Tac-Med 8" Trooper Waterproof Side Zip).

    http://www.weinbrennerusa.com/dspNav...&productid=429
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    Do you guys prefer 8" or 6" boots? 8" feel weird on me, but I figure they might be better once I get used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    Another vote for the Redbacks. Good boots!
    What model?
    I'm looking at the slip on steel toe ones.
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    I loved my rocky AlphaForce boots. Very comfortable and lasted almost 2 years at 14-18 hrs a day. Now I wear 5.11 ATAC Storms and like them also. They were both waterproof and side zip.
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    I tried on a pair of Globe boots, boy were they ever nice.... expensive triple what you can expect for a standard set of steel toed boots.

    I personally wear a set of Dakota (From Marks Work Warehouse) they are ballistic nylon, light and durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta107 View Post
    What model?
    I'm looking at the slip on steel toe ones.
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    I have the USBBK slip on.
    I don't think the toe is steel, maybe composite. Hard as fck though.
    Remember when you order to convert the size from Aussie to U.S.
    example; I wear an 11.5 U.S. so I ordered a 10.5 Fits perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    I have the USBBK slip on.
    I don't think the toe is steel, maybe composite. Hard as fck though.
    Remember when you order to convert the size from Aussie to U.S.
    example; I wear an 11.5 U.S. so I ordered a 10.5 Fits perfect.

    X2. I even have the same size. Best boot out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    I have the USBBK slip on.
    I don't think the toe is steel, maybe composite. Hard as fck though.
    Remember when you order to convert the size from Aussie to U.S.
    example; I wear an 11.5 U.S. so I ordered a 10.5 Fits perfect.
    Thank you for the information Snowball. I think the steel toe ones are a little expensive at $150. The composite toe seems a little more reasonably priced.

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