Great equipment for a great price!
I have been frustrated with the brand of boots that I have been wearing for the last 14 years. I loved those boots, but the Army changed the uniform and the spit shine was lost. The brand continued to be made with the new material. I started looking for a new boot that I could fall in love with again when the cost of my old brand began to sky rocket. I have a hard time justifying $175 for a pair of boots. I like the taller boots because they look considerably neater. Shorter boots lead to sloppy looking blouses. Bates Delta-9 boots have given me new hope for boots I can fall in love with. Solidly built, Bates Delta-9 are slightly taller than other 9 inch boots. The Delta 9 offers a smooth and sleek look by minimizing the use of nylon vs leather. They are quicker lacing than typical speed laced boots by using an open style hook rather than loops. They offer great lateral support with thick cushioned sidewalls. The heal has an adjustible comfort device that I found no reason to adjust since I could not imagine anything more comfortable. The tread of the Bates Delta-9 have a great agressive and functioning grip. So far the tread seems to be solidly attached to the lower. Bottom line is the Bates Delta 9 are a great looking, fully functioning, durable, extreamly comfortable and decently priced combat boot.
Mark - August 14, 2013