What Are the Best Side Zip Tactical Boots?

tactical boots with side zip

Winning slowly their audience, the side zip tactical boots sure look a lot like the regular boots, but it’s the zipper on the side and the flap on the inner side which makes them extra special.

They also come with standard shoelace holes or rings and come in quite an impressive variety of colors, sizes and style.

Created as an emergency way for your foot, the side zip tactical boots give the same comfort as regular boots, but their looks come with a twist.

What are the main advantages of side zip tactical boots?

Getting why this type of boots is getting more and more popular is pretty intuitive, but here’s a better explanation:

  • Time

The side zip tactical boots do buy you time when on the move. You may need at least of couple of minute to lace up each foot. The longer the boots, the more time you’re going to need to finishing lacing them. When you’re using side zip tactical boots, you’re only going to need a couple of seconds to pull up and secure them.

The fast speed that zipper give you over the traditional lacing and tightening process is fundamental when you’re on the run.

  • Variety

Side zip boots come in a great diversity of models, and size or style aren’t the only thing to consider. The variety of materials and colors add up to the features and there are many types of side zip boots out there: tactical, military, combat, police, SWAT and water safety.

  • Water safety

This is one of the main advantages that the side zip tactical boots have as, in case of an emergency, they’re easy to be removed. Should you ever find in the situation of having to abandon ship, while wearing some heavy fireproof boots, you may drown from the weight of the boots. Being able to release them fast and easy helps you to get rid of the heavy boots.

What makes the side zip tactical boots a good choice?

Even though this type of boots come in a great diversity of styles, there are some things to double check when going shopping. You’re going to spend many hours in them so last thing to worry about should be the discomfort from your tactical boots

  1. Comfort

They have to be strong enough to take the rugged conditions, but you don’t want to compromise on comfort either.

Here what helps with the comfort:

  • They have to be made with water resistant materials
  • They have to be waterproof
  • The materials used should be also fire-retardant or fireproof
  • The breathability of the boots is also important
  1. Hand dexterity

The side zip tactical boots are ideal especially if you’re struggling with some hand or finger dexterity. If you’re dealing with some muscle aches, it’s going to be a lot easier to use the zippers. As long as the regulations allow you, you can also add a small tie with a knot to the end of the zipper pulls for easing the zipping.

  1. Convenience

When you’re using side zip tactical boots, you’re not going to handle the shoelaces for quite some time. If you already know the best spot of tension and comfort from ankle to toe, you’re not going to untie any time soon. You’re going to be able to take your boots out of your feet thanks to the zipper. No more losing time until finding the perfect balance between support and flexibility when using side zip tactical boots.

  1. Position

The zipper is supposed to be hidden and nobody is supposed to know it’s there. It may be placed between panels of rough materials, but it’s not going to ruin the style of the tactical boot (even though that should be the last thing to worry about on a tactical boot).

Here are some of the best options for placement of the zipper:

  • They may run from just above the sole to below the boot neck
  • They’re placed right above the instep, on the inner side of the boot
  • Zipper can be curved for better matching the contour of your boot or simply straight.

Are shoelaces still necessary?

One could ask himself/herself what’s the point of shoelaces in the side zip tactical boots. Keep in mind that zippers are only a shoelace system supplement and not a replacement. Shoelaces do stand as the main boot closure. You want the feeding laces through eyelets and D-rings as they’re essential for controlling the tension for the best and comfortable fit.

 

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Keep Your Feet Warm When Hunting

Keep Your Feet Warm When Hunting

Hunting in a cold weather is no picnic and the best way to avoid it is to wear multiple thin layers, use some hand warmers and wear some wool socks.

But it’s not enough at all and when you go shopping you know by now, unless you’re an entry level hunter, that a good pair of hunting boots may be the key for a successful hunting in the late season, but it can also ruin everything.

Seeing this, let’s take a closer look on how and you need to choose right your hunting boots for the winter.

Keep your feet warm

For many of us, feet are quite often the first body part that gets cold. This happens a lot more when you’re tree standing hunting as a metal platform amplifies cold in your feet, just as a much as a bow would do for your hands.

As you’re going to move a lot when hunting, it’s fundamental for the winter boots to fit you right. Once you sit down, you may want to lose them a bit so that you improve your blood flow and, therefore, to feel more comfortable. When you’re hunting in a pop-up box blind, chances are you’re even going to feel warmer if you’re taking off your boots altogether. If you’re feeling a lot better every time you’re taking off your boots, there’s also the chance for your boots to be too small or that your socks are too thick for the boots too.

What about socks?

If you’re not used to hunting in the cold weather, you may be tempted to put on the thickest socks that you can find out there. Some unexperienced hunters may even put on a second pair of socks for keeping cold at distance. Apart from the circulation getting slower, the lack of moisture wicking is brutal and your feet get damp within minutes. And it’s only a matter of time until they turn to ice while sitting in your tree stand.

It’s important for your socks to keep you warm, but it’s far more important to wick moisture away from your skin. Some fibers are more efficient when it comes to keeping the skin dry and insulated than others. You may have heard by now about how wool is great on that, but you may have other options too.

Choose wisely your boots

The boots are the most important barrier between the elements and your most cold-sensitive part of your body so choosing them right is essential for a good hunting in the late season.

Give it a thought when choosing your hunting boots and keep in mind that not all high-end boots are especially designed for the cold weather. You want your boots to be waterproof and well insulated, instead. Don’t forget about the plug-in boot dryer that may help you keep your boots nice and dry, not to mention scent-free.

Try not to fall for the “thermal rating” of the boots either as there are many things involved when it comes to cold and not all depend on the quality of your boots.

Your boots have to fit well and to remain dry, no matter how the weather gets. “Freezing out” takes many forms and it’s you to decide what works the best for you.