5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear
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5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear
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From 5.11 . . .

5.11, the global innovator of technical, purpose-built gear, debuted its biggest product launch of 2020, the all new 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear collection last month during the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Tactical Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the name implies, the All Terrain Load Assistance System footwear series features three styles: an eight-inch Boot, Mid Hiker and Trainer.

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Several years in the making, the 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear series was designed with professional end users who carry considerable loads while on duty in mind. 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear enhances agility and stability while at the same time adding cushion support, which is increasingly important when adding considerable weight to a user’s frame.

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“Listening to our end users and solving problems to allow them to perform better is at the heart of why we design our products,” said Brendan Rynne, Footwear Category Manager for 5.11. “We heard our guys complain about ‘work weight’ over and over again, and after several years, we are really excited to be giving them the answer to their footwear support and stability problems in the new 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. series.”


5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear
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The 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Boots—available in 8-inch and mid heights—featuring 5.11’s new Echo (high rebound) and Force (high impact) foam midsole with the 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. plate for turning and stability control, while carrying additional weight. 5.11 utilized a key engineering partner to help create these new foam formulas. In addition, the 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Boots and A.T.L.A.S Mids also feature a new Ortholite® foot bed, slip and oil resistant outsoles, and highly breathable uppers for maximum comfort. MSRP for the 8-inch Boot is $149.99 and MSRP for the Mid is $139.99.

5.11 A.T.L.A.S. footwear
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The 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Trainer takes its functionality cues from the All Terrain Load Assistance System Boots and Mid and is designed to withstand the toughest training sessions – from hitting the gym, to hitting the pavement, hiking through the backcountry, or hauling around your property. The 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Echo Lite (high rebound) foam midsole enhances agility and can be paired with an optional A.T.L.A.S. plate for better stability. MSRP for the 5.11 A.T.L.A.S. Trainer is $119.99.

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    • I just bought my first pair of Danners after 25 years of working in Timberland or RedWings.

      I finally found the right boots in Danner. Worth every penny.

      On topic, I might give these 5.11 a try for hiking. They don’t look too wannabe Operator like much of their stuff.

  1. I’ve found that the wal-mart special from China last just as long as super tacticool boots and only cost around $20. Bates lights are a little more comfortable than Chinese work boots but I can’t justify 4X the cost for a little bit more comfort and style.

    I’m sure they are great kicks, 5.11 makes good stuff, but the economies just aren’t there. Not to mention I don’t need anyone knowing I’m that tacticool guy with all kinds of goodies to steal. For the price of these shoes, I can have 4-5 pairs of work boots and be set for 1-2 years. Yeah, I put plenty of miles on my shoes every day and usually wear them until the soles are worn through or the leather detaches from the sole, simply too poor to replace them any sooner.

    • Never shortchange your feet. I wear my footwear until my feet and knees hurt which is long before the shoes are technically done. I wear Merrill Moabs and am now walking 6-8 miles a day since I have acquired Ranger Moe the Walker Coonhound. He has only two states — ramming speed and sleep.

      I could see wearing all but the high tacticool boots.

      • Or someone who knows better than to waste money on vanity / lavish items when there are more pressing expenses. Tell me Waylon, is your purse a Gucci or a Ganni?

        $100+ boots do not last any longer than $20 boots, I go through several pair a year and learned the expensive way. The only boots that seem to last are Danners “rat boots” but they also cost in the area of $200+. Great when they are issued to you, not great when you have to buy them.

        The most expensive shirt I own is $40 and I primarily bought it just to know what it feels like to walk around in a $40 shirt. It stays packed up in my nice drawer and I continue to use my faded, hole riddled, green skivvie shirts from 4-6+ years ago, some of which were claimed from an abandoned laundry pile and were saved from going to the dumpster.

        There are some things you get at walmart and there are some things you get at super, fancy, expensive & CO. Work boots are one of the cheap ticket items. If you need $100+ boots to go about your day in, go for it! A fool and his money are soon parted.

        • I have a pair of $400 Whites boots that have worn through multiple seasons on a hotshot firefighting crew, logging, hunting, hiking, and general every day use. They are over 20 years old and have been rebuilt at least twice that I can remember. They are made in the United States. A good investment.

        • You could also consider that you are sending your money straight to the tyrannical Chinese government. Is not saying you have to buy a $300 24k gold boot; but buying a moderately more expensive boy to support your countrymen and the US economy is never a bad thing.

        • You could also consider that you are sending your money straight to the tyrannical Chinese government. I’m not saying you have to buy a $300 24k gold boot; but buying a moderately more expensive boot to support your countrymen and the US economy is never a bad thing.

      • Even if I were made of money, there is no way I’m spending $400 on a pair of boots. Waylon, in case you have been living under a rock, paid shilling without full disclosure is illegal and I doubt the biggest retailer in the USA would open its doors to legal trouble over something as petty as shilling on a gun blog, products by which it long ditched from its shelves. I suspect you have buyers remorse or are just trolling and looking for a rise out of someone.

        You still haven’t answered my question, is your purse a Gucci or a Ganni?

        The thing about “buy American” is that most of the American companies are riding out peoples patriotic high and the markup on products far exceeds the material and labor costs because people are dumb enough to pay for it. Red, white, and blue is more advertising psychology just like split second porn scenes in shampoo commercials. Psychological conditioning to get people to buy over priced stuff they can’t afford, and don’t need. If went by any standard, it would be Underwriter Laboratories. If they have tested and certified the product, then it is likely to be worth the money and will both live up to the claims on the box and will last.

        • Buy whatever makes you happy, they’re your feet. I spend most of the day on my feet, and cheap shoes and boots kill my feet, knees, hips and back. I don’t trust cheap boots on a hunt either. 12,000 feet up, 6 miles from camp, is not a good place to have a failure, slip on a scree slope, or sprain an ankle due to cheap boots. The military and Boy Scouts taught me to take care of my feet first, and that’s been sound advice.

        • I buy a lot of crap at Walmart but not their boots. They suck. Depending on what I’m doing Kenetrek, Danner, LaCrosse, Mucks, and I have a pair of Rocky boots that are warm as hell with killer traction for late season hunts. I don’t cheat my feet, too many miles on ‘em. Some people are cheap or poor, no sin on either but don’t knock the people who get what THEY really want. Dude.

  2. I liked my 5.11 shirts and slacks. They gave good service. I hope this footwear does better than the 5.11 boots I bought. The soles separated from the boot in short order. 25 years later the Danner’s are still going strong. Soles are slick as snot on an oyster, but…

    • Bought some 5.11 boots right before thanksgiving 2018 still just fine. They are light and comfy, not insulated for Ohio winters. They were about 130.00 on a pre-black Friday sale. So far am happy. I had some Bates, but wore them out in 2 years. Got the 5.11 to stop wearing my Cocoran Army tanker boots. Those I bought before I got out of the Army in 1988, to replace the ones I wore out in 8 years. They still look new, and spit shine.

      If you have a 5.11 store near you stop in and try some on. I probably would not have bought them online. I still like to be hands on before I spend money. But would order them now.

  3. Hey, look, they people who like to call other people “Fudds” have some new shoes to choose from! Make sure it compliments your beard!

  4. I have 3 pairs of boots I use for outdoor activities and hunting. Depends on the weather and the terrain. One pair of insulated muck boots and 2 pair of lace ups with thinsulate, whatever the hell that is. Probably causes foot cancer.

    I wear my wool socks when I go to buy boots and make sure of the proper fit. All 3 pair cost about 70 bucks each. Or I could buy 1 pair of 200 buck boots and not have the versatility.

    I like to be able to rotate my foot wear and not have to wear the same pair every day.

  5. I wear Taclites every day at work. Good ventilation, no odor, the uppers are very well built. The soles, on the other hand, wear very quickly. I have a pile in my closet with worn out soles while the uppers are basically as good as new. No biggie, I get 18 months out of a pair for $120ish on sale. I like them for what they are, essentially very sturdy sneakers. I also have a pair of the Norris “sneakers” which actually feel more like a boot than the Taclites do. I’d like to see the Taclites upper paired with the puncture resistant vibram sole the Norris uses, just with maybe a tad more aggressive tread.

  6. I can’t speak about the spiffy new models because I haven’t tried them. The ones I can vouch for:



    These are great EDC boots or day hikers for warmer dry weather. No break in period, great ventilation, super light, feels like a comfy high top sneaker, but with good tread for offroad. The sausage link laces are the ideal and help keep the laces from untying themselves. Well worth the 99.99 sale price.

    Also been very happy with these also:


    Only drawback with the tall boot is putting them on takes time due to no zipper and I have to loosen the laces all the way down to get them on. They have a more aggressive tread than the shorter Coyote boot and are great in muddy conditions. Not waterproof but they dry quick. Short break in period and very comfy.

    • The TacLite 6″ is a great Florida boot. Not too hot in the summer and warm enough for our winters (Most of the time).

  7. I’ve worn Merrell, 5.11, and Salomon in various conditions and they have lasted far longer than I could have expected. There are always good sales so just be patient. As far as Bates go, their high end stuff came apart at the achilles and left some very nasty blisters. I would take Wolverines over Bates in a second. Timberland work boots are good, but found them to be slippery compared to others in cold and wet areas. My favorites are my 5.11 ATAC side zips. Oldest pair has at least 6 years of moderate use and I have a darker pair with lots of hard use in wet conditions and they are still excellent, just not as pretty.

    • My oldest are a toss up between My Army Jump boots and tanker boots. Both Cocoran. I have a pair of wolverines that are pushing 10 years they are kind of like a like a real tough mesh, insulated and steel toed. Got a pair of Justins they don’t make anymore they have a black kevlar layer over the leather.

      Too many companies make them with glue. At least with the ones I named above they are sewn together. 5.11 soles are glued and sewn, into the second year on them and no problems so far.

  8. I wonder how long till they see a shortage in their supply of boots/shoes from China.
    Could be anyone/company that has their production in China.

    Might see a boost in Belleville sales.

  9. I’m sure, like ALL their overpriced “tactical” poser fashion wacker wear these things are from chicomland. So there will no more for months due to the chicom flu. GOOD


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