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After vagabonding 7,857,943 footsteps across 38 countries in 1,014 days, I’ve finally replaced my boots – with the same brand.

511 Tactical Boots /// Vinjabond

* TACLITE   AND   ATAC   BOOTS
511   TACTICAL

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Built on a foundation of durability, quality and value, 5.11 Tactical leads the industry, that it created, in delivering functionally innovative gear, head to toe.

Innovators who make purpose-built gear for the most demanding missions.

511 Tactical
Mission Capable Gear
- TACLITE (Left) and ATAC (Right) Boots by 511 Tactical -

– TACLITE (left) and ATAC (right) Boots by 511 Tactical –

In August of 2012, I put on a pair of ATAC Side Zip Boots and set off to Thailand to begin a life of travel.

It has been the most reliable and resilient footwear I have ever worn. It had to be as the only other footwear that was a part of my packing list was flip-flops, reserved only for beach and island days.

So through just about every type of terrain on Earth, I confidently and comfortably traversed. In fact, I put these through hell with abuse and carelessness.


Let me explain. These 511 Tactical Boots became so usable and carefree that I didn’t have to worry about maintaining or damaging them, no matter what.

That’s one less concern and one more convenience I got out of in my nomadic life. As it should be with boots.

511 Tactical ATAC Side Zip Boots /// Vinjabond

511 Tactical ATAC Side Zip Boots /// Vinjabond

As you can see from the couple of 511 Tactical ATAC Side Zip Boot photos above, they’re in decent shape even after nearly 8,000,000 steps of hard use.

These are rugged tactical boots of which they performed as expected. But after the short breaking in period, they felt more like basketball sneakers and far from combat boots, that’s a very good thing.


Because of the demanding nature of tactical footwear plus 511’s attention to quality and design, these boots were like lightweight armored feet mobility devices.

The perfect travel / adventure / lifestyle shoes.

While on a rare CONUS status, I re-uped some gear and EDC, including a new pair of 511 Tactical Boots…

Shots of my new Taclite Side Zip Boot ///

- 511 Tactical Taclite Side Zip Boots Outer View -

– 511 Tactical Taclite Side Zip Boots Outer View –

- 511 Tactical Taclite Side Zip Boots Inner View -

– 511 Tactical Taclite Side Zip Boots Inner View –

- 511 Tactical Boots Outsoles: ATAC (top) and TACLITE (bottom) -

– 511 Tactical Boot Outsoles: ATAC (top) / TACLITE (bottom) –

- Taclite Side Zip Boot Tongue as a Knife Holster -

– Taclite Side Zip Boot Tongue as a Knife Holster –

The fit and finish is nearly identical to the ATAC Boots, retaining the sneaker-like comfort and tactical durability with enhancements all around:

Significant ventilation system that doesn’t sacrifice structural integrity, a multi-functional tongue, an advanced lacing system, grippier traction on the outsoles, stiffer ankle support and a few others.

    – Premium Full Grain Leather

    – Perforated EVA Ankle Pads

    – TPU Ankle Stabilizers

    – 1200D Cordura Brand Nylon

    – Ventilation Air Mesh Panels

    – Silent/Rope Tread Outsole




– Buy the 511 Tactical Boots $125+

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8 COMMENTS ///

  1. Specialist Zero

    Nice review, I got the 511 XPRT Tactical Urban boots myself.. Love them but don’t have nearly a million steps yet.

    • JOHN V CAIN //

      The leather and seams are waterproof but these specific boots are for warm weather. So the mesh vents on the sides are probably not waterproof. But to answer your question it handles well.


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