View Full Version : Are Altama boots good?
08-27-2003, 05:29 AM
i´m searching some good boots for airsoft (i know... airsoft), and my question is if Altama boots has a good quality and are they comfortable if you wear the for a longer time?
And is the "ripple" sole better than the"panama" sole?
08-27-2003, 07:09 AM
I've never owned a pair of the jungle boots, but bought a pair of the ALTAMA 6"postal certified boot and they lasted a little over a year. As far as the ripple sole... no experience, but was told they just get packed with more mud than the regular sole. Last year I bought a pair of Danner Recon boots and have nothing but good stuff to say... sure they are expensive but can be resoled when that day comes. Do you wear boots alot? Will you wear them for activities other than airsoft? If you want a jungle boot many will say for the price(around $75) a Wellco Tuffcushion boot is hard to beat. I'm fortunate enough to have a local Army/Navy store that carries lots of brands so I can try on things first...buying boots over the internet is not a good idea IMHO. -kyote
08-27-2003, 07:39 AM
Hi Ryan, (i'm Ryan too)
I've blown through 5 pairs of boots in the past 4 years, and I rarely used them for anything more than hiking and wargames, such as airsoft. I've gotten pretty good with boots, though.
Altamas are of EXCELLENT quality, and I do suggest you pick up a pair.
Now, I've never owned a pair of ripple-sole boots, but I've got army friends who say they are as comfortable to walk in as tennis shoes, that the ripples really absorb any shock. :bash:
I may get some of my old Altama's resoled with the ripple soles, but I don't have the time yet.
So as far as I know, ripple soles are more comfortable, but I've never had problems with my normal ones. I always say "just get used to it", as no boots are comfortable right away, at least not for anyone I know. You will still have blisters, and calluses up the ying-tang, but it's worth not breaking your ankle in half over an airsoft game! :o
Have fun with whichever boot you buy!
08-27-2003, 09:31 AM
Ok, thanks for you awnsers first...
But I saw that Altama produces to kinds of boots,
one boot with a padding and one kind without.
Do you know if the paded boots are to "hot" in the summer?
Here a picture of the padded boots I mean: Black Jungle boots (build after military specifications) (http://www.altama.com/detail/4155.jpg)
Thanks and regards
ripple soles are great for road marches, spending time in garrison, etc. but i still prefer the good ol' panama treads for when im out in the field. so i plan on having on pair of the ripple soled boots for use around the motor pool, mout training(the soles are great on broken glass, a common problem in urban areas), etc
08-27-2003, 11:24 AM
If you are planning on doing anything in a wet weather inviroment, I wouldn't go with the ripple sole. They pick up alot of mud which ends up doing two things. First, it makes your feet heavier. Which might not be an issue in your suburban air soft game, but if you're ruckin, it just sucks more. Second, the mud packs in and fills the gaps between ripples. That means you don't have any traction. I have a pair of US SOG jungles but I wore the sole out after a summer at Buckner (I can explain later if ya want to know). But I had them re-soled by a place in Maryland with a Vibram hiking book sole and they've been great ever since.
08-27-2003, 11:28 AM
Ok, i think in next days I´ll go to the next army surplus store,
and buy me a pair of good old "olive drab" jungle boots,
with a panama sole...
Thanks alot for the awnsers... Bye
08-27-2003, 11:32 AM
The Israelis have some exellent desert boots with a sole grip that makes you able to walk up walls almost. You'll find them at www.uscavalry.com.
Best "walk-in-terrain-filled-with-slippery-wet-rocks" boots I ever used.
08-27-2003, 01:55 PM
Ichhabe, could you check your PM's please? Thanks.
08-27-2003, 02:24 PM
Green jungles..rock !! Used them extensively in the Army until they said we could only wear the black ones. Also I had a pair of leg boots and had them re-soled with saw tooth bottoms, for road marching, they were great as well.
08-29-2003, 09:03 PM
I've got a pair of Altama Tactical 3650's, and I love 'em. They survived nine days of hell on a mountain during the summer, and still going strong. They have Gore-Tex lining, they breathe well, and feel like a pair of tennis shoes. I had (still have, should say) a pair of Super Magnum Tacticals (which I also highly recommend), but I found my Altamas and haven't worn 'em since. For CQB purposes, I'd get the 3600's, since they have the extra "cruiser sole", which is an extra pad of flat rubber on the bottom. The 3650's have the "aggressor sole", which is harder, with more tread.
Enough Armchair Warrior for me for awhile...
06-06-2004, 01:43 AM
try bates they make the new USMC boots which are quality and suprisingly Oakley they make the new SI Special forces Assult boot it is by far the most compturable boots i have ever worn i where em with civies on there that great
06-06-2004, 04:55 AM
IMHO best boot maker in the world.
06-06-2004, 09:18 AM
Lowa and Meindl are my favourites
06-06-2004, 02:13 PM
Altama desert boots are the best!
06-06-2004, 04:11 PM
Ive had some, hated em, if you can afford it go with Danner.
06-06-2004, 06:24 PM
Going on many FTX's with my ROTC det. & Nat'l. Guard unit, I have always used Altama's jungle boots, and I've always loved them. I just got a pair of their ripple sole jungle boots, and I have to say, that these are the way to go. I have never had any complaints with my altamas at all. Seems like I'm always agreeing with Bishop, but my father uses Danners for police work everyday, and he swears by them, and I've seen Danners used in their military role, and they seem to be incredibly comfortable and durable, however...they're a pretty penny. If its just for recreation like airsoft, I'd go with Altamas. They're damn fine boots, but not the MOST expensive out there.
06-06-2004, 10:33 PM
if youre just playing airsoft...dont waste yer money. go buy a pair of cheap ass boots from somewhere. as for ripple soles? those are only usefull if youre goign to be walking long distances on roads and such, marches. out in the field the best soles out there are still the old panama ones
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