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New Balance 8 In. DesertLite Boot
Item#  34868
New Balance 8 In. DesertLite Boot

New Balance 8 In. DesertLite Boot

New Balance 8 In. DesertLite Boot

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Price: $142.99
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Desert Tan - 7.5 Wide
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The New Balance 8 In. DesertLite Boot is the lightest Desert boot on the market today. New Balance uses the lightest materials available to provide a boot that performs like no other boot on long marches as well as withstanding high desert temperatures.

  • Stain resistant microfiber Suede upper with breathable Nylon panels
  • High traction non-squeak outsole
  • Molded EVA midsole unit
  • Siping in each lug provides the best combination of traction and cushion in a boot today
  • Mesh ventilation ports throughout the boot provide breathability not found in most boots
  • Reinforced lace loops are made not to fail in the field
  • 550 paracord laces
  • Reinforced climbing rubber inside toe to help when scaling walls
  • Full length composite molded shank provides support even when carrying a heavy load
  • Dual density cushioned footbed with mesh lining for increased wicking and foot comfort
  • Footbed is perforated to allow water drainage
  • HEIGHT: 8.00"
  • Imported

SIZES: 6 - 12, 13, 14 or 15 Reg

COLOR: Desert Tan

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Weight: 2 lbs.

To the 'Stan and Back

I bought these boots before my last deployment and my feet have never been happier! After putting in my own gel inserts the level of comfort I achieved was beyond compare. My only issue with these boots is that they wore down too quickly. The mesh eyelets tore out, the toe cap separated from the front, and the laces broke (which I replaced with longer ones) as well but they didn't get any worse after that. I wore these boots through a year plus of foot patrols, convoys, and general grunt work without an issue. It was only earlier this month I finally had to retire them when I realized I had walked off all the tredding and the boot was literally falling apart on me. When I have the funds I will be buying another pair, of that I am sure!
Zachary Dylan Cronk - October 8, 2012
OK Boot

If you don't ruck or run in boots I would recommend these. However, I purchased a pair and took them to SFAS. They did great the first ruck but busted the inseam on both boots the very next day. I sent these boots back for a new pair and I've been waiting for almost 2 months and have now decided to go with a different brand due to manufacturer delays.
Chris Summers - August 28, 2012
They fall apart way too fast!

Great boot, don't get me wrong. Within a month and a half they were all torn up. The bottom started to come apart from the boot and the lining at the toe starts to come off. Great boot for garrison but not for deployments.
Jonathan Carrasco - August 17, 2012
Honest Review (CONT.)

The previous review was from me about two weeks back. Over the last two weeks, I've been training in 100+ degree weather with full battle-rattle for several hours and switching my boots out amongst a pair of Blackhawks and the OTBs. While the Blackhawks were more comfortable at first(because I've had them for nearly a year), the OTBs performed excellently and exactly as described. They weigh nearly nothing, and are very dry. Understand- I sweat ALOT, especially in HEATCAT-5. While my uniform has been consistently soaked through from top to bottom, the boots were consistently dry and rarely gave me problems. The only problem I've had thus far is the laces. I'm used to cranking down on my boots to get them tight enough for me because I don't like them to slide around my foot and cause hot spots or blisters. I don't have that problem with the OTB- I learned that if you loosen the laces to get your foot in them and tighten them just barely enough to hold, then they won't pull down on your foot and squeeze. If you crank them down, they bite into the top of the foot. Also, they were the right size but slightly too large- i had too much wiggle room if such a thing is possible. I put a PX brand foam insert under the factory footbed insert and now they fit like they were built for me. These boots will probably become my standard boot from now on.
Torrence David Yarborough - July 4, 2012
Day 1, great so far

I just got these boots in and have been wearing them for a few hours. So far I love them. They're a little tight in the ankles and around the balls of the feet, and a little bit stiff when you first put them on. They're looseneing up quickly though, and I expect they'll be outstanding boots. The only reason they're only getting 4.5 is that I haven't had them long enough to be an honest review of 5.0.
Torrence David Yarborough - June 23, 2012
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