Great boots. Excellent ankle support. Lightweight. Well padded around the ankles and calves. Both comfortable and supportive. You really can't beat these original Exospeed boots. Thats why they've made 2 more generations of these. I'll buy another when these wear out.
I picked up a pair of these for a deployment to the desert. Overall I'm pretty satisfied with them as they did serve me well. They lasted 9 months before the soles started coming apart. I wore these pretty much 7 days a week for 10-14 hours a day so I really can't ask for anything more than these. Rucking in 120 degree weather for any length of time would punish any pair of boots.
I bought the Altama 3558s on the advice of a buddy. I've always worn Bates which were issued to me in the Air Force so I didn't know any different. I figured if the Air Force issues it, it must be good enough. Boy was I wrong. Compared to my Bates, these Altamas are amazing!. Excellent support in the ankle areas and cushion in the heel area where I need it. These altamas are by far more comfortable and durable than the Bates in my book. Recommend you pick up a pair!
I decided to try these after owning a pair of Altama jungle boots. Man, this is a very comfortable boot. Compared to the jungle boot which I do understand was designed in the 1960s and hasn't changed much, the Exospeeds offer much more padding underneath your foot and on the side of your ankles, It's a pretty protective boot without goingto a steel toe. I love my jungle boots but these are definitely more comfortabe. I highly recommend these boots! They're also priced right as well.
I love these boots. Ankle and foot support is great which helps running up inclines or declines. I used these for patrol duty in the Afghan mountains. These were my primary boots that I lived in for over 6 months with no problems at all. Overall a great boot and I will definitely buy again.
I've been in the military for 8 years, and have gone through probably a dozen different types of boots. These are the best combination of price, comfort, and durability. The pair I'm about to retire have been going strong for almost 4 years, and in those 4 years the only issue is one of the boot laces frayed. I wouldn't recommend these as extreme cold weather boots because they lack the insulation to keep your feet warm in a Korean/Alaskan/Upstate NY winter. But for weather that's warmer then freezing, these are extremely durable. They've done dozens of 3-6 mile ruck marches, and a couple of 12 milers without any issues with my feet. They've also held up well through two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, so if you require a durable boot that breathes well, and is comfortable to move in all day, this is a great boot.
i have had this boot for about 2 weeks, w/ absolutely no complaints at all... been in the service for 4 yrs and this is the most comfortable boot i have ever worn. there not meant for a lot of abuse up and down mts, but can hold there own for a lil bit. i would say these boots are meant mainly for fob and garrison life, but i will buy these boots again without a doubt, and would also recommend to all my troops. lil extra info... "went on 6 mile ruck and just wore some thicker socks and didnt have a single hot spot on my feet."