Tactical boots are designed for superior performance under tough conditions, offering protection from water, mud, sand, tricky terrain and more. A good pair of tactical boots will have sturdy uppers that are breathable and flexible-yet-firm soles. This heavy-duty style is also designed with slip-resistant bottoms that help keep you on your feet on slick surfaces that may be icy or greasy. Here, we rounded up some of the best insulated men’s options for when temperatures are low and extra warmth is required to keep you comfortable. Each of our picks has reliable construction with rugged laces, grippy soles and support where it counts. They also all come in wide width sizes options.
1. Carhartt Rugged Flex Boot
This style has a genuine leather upper, a Storm Defender waterproof membrane that keeps feet dry while letting them breathe and 400 grams of 3M Thinsulate insulation.
Pros: A composite toe protects against impact and compression hazards and meets ASTM 2413-18 standards. Meanwhile, rubber toe and heel bumpers offer stability and protection. EVA midsoles with polyurethane cushioned insoles give support and absorb shock for all-day comfort. The construction supplies secondary protection against incidental contact with electrical circuits of 18,000 volts or less under dry conditions, meeting ASTM 2413-18 EH standards. They come in two colorways: wheat and dark brown.
Cons: Some may find the toebox a bit narrow.
2. Bates Gx-8 Gore-Tex Boot
These boots have a waterproof full grain leather and performance nylon upper with protective panels and contain 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation.
Pros: A breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex membrane with a moisture-wicking lining keep your feet cool and dry. Removable cushioned insoles provide added underfoot comfort. Durable YKK side zippers allow for easy on/off. Lightweight cushioned EVA midsoles deliver flexibility. These come in extra-wide width options.
Cons: They don’t have a pull tab.
3. Danner Lookout Boot
This boot features a waterproof, polishable full-grain leather and ripstop ballistic nylon upper, 800 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation and a waterproof Danner Dry liner that pulls moisture away from the foot.
Pros: A plush dual-density footbed provides optimal cushioning and ventilation while an Airthotic heel clip offers support. These have an anatomical design and broader toebox for a more responsive fit.
Cons: Some may find they run large.
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