4/09/2014 12:02am, #1
Salt water resistant combat boots
I'm looking for a pair of combat boots where I could jump off of a boat into the surf and run onto the beach. These boots should be salt water resistant where they aren't going to be excessively degraded by immersion. Also it would be nice if they had drainage, like in a pair of jungle boots.
Any thoughts, recommendations, or experiences?
Thanks so much!!!!!
4/09/2014 8:14am, #2
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Curious - why the concern? I've had regular old leather combat boots in salt water a ton of times and wore them for years without ever giving it a second thought. Just let them dry, slap some polish on them and keep rolling. ****, I still wear a pair of leather combat boots I had when I was in the military years ago.
They'll get stiff if you let them sit forever. But as soon as you polish them and wear them for a couple days they'll be just like an old pair of jeans.
And if you want drainage, I'd go with jungle boots like you said. I don't like jungle boots though. I've had a lot of uncomfortable rubbing where the leather meets the upper.
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4/09/2014 9:33am, #3
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- Mar 2010
If you are doing maintenance on your boots, salt water shouldn't be a huge issue, at least not much outside their regular lifespan.
My favorite boots for extreme use situations has been:
Very light, super comfy, stay right to the foot when trudging through thick mud or canals, and great vibram soles.
When they get soaked and are constantly exposed to the sun, they will shrink up and be a bitch to get back on, but they will stretch back out.
In the same environment, boot strings will get brittle and scan snap. I'd say if you will be in constant wet-dry environment with exposure to the sun for 2+ months, I'd bring extra laces.
4/09/2014 4:25pm, #4
4/09/2014 4:31pm, #5
Well I ask because I'm currently living on an island environment. I like to wear jungle boots for jungle and mud and streamwalking; they're just great. However, there is a lot of boat travel out here, and there isn't always a dock, so you have to jump off the boat and into the sea to get ashore.
Basically I wasn't sure if my boots would get damaged by exposure to sea water or not and thought that maybe someone had designed a boot for maritime units or something where you could basically run around in sea water and not maintain them without having problems or issues.
But I take it from the responses in this thread that basically, no, people just use normal combat boots when they need to run around in sea water.
Thanks to everyone for the info!
4/10/2014 9:08am, #6
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- Mar 2010
It would dry out material more than reg water, but I'm sure you can take steps to prevent...especially since OP seems to be living there and not on a deployment with limited resources and time.
4/10/2014 1:21pm, #7
I live next to the ocean and it eats everything.
Here in the tropics the sun helps out too.
Heck, stainless steel rusts pretty rapidly on/near the ocean.
Nylon turns to dust.
The polishing etc will keep them usable for a long time, but a good fresh water rinse after any salt-water immersion wouldn't hurt.
4/10/2014 3:50pm, #8
Savvy local, oceangoing, lava jumping fishermen use tabis here.
Not sure if those work for the OP but they do great in places like this:
While not nearly as durable as combat boots they work really well on deck, in the sand, and on craggy or slippery, wet rocks.
They are usually pretty cheap as well.
Best of all, you also get the "Look like a Ninja" bonus!
4/11/2014 11:17am, #9
all that being said, i wouldn't use a pair of leather boots for your purpose when much better solutions exist (like the above) as sometimes modern fabrics/rubber can do a great job and won't need nearly as much care to stay functional. yes you will need to replace them every couple of years, but they are simply a better tool for the job."Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
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4/11/2014 1:18pm, #10
Tabis also fold up pretty flat and are very light.
3-4 pairs won't take up much space at all.
You can also wear swim fins over them, provided you sized accordingly.
On that note, these are light, float and you can run in them (ok, well kinda).
They are standard equipment for Hawai'i lifeguards as well as several other lifesaving orgs.
They are the lightest fins of this type and are really powerful.
They also lie pretty flat when packing.