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Bates 8" Tactical Sport SZ

Item Number: 2261

  • MSRP: $119.95 Save 8% ($10.00)
  • Our Price: $109.95
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  • The 8-inch Tactical Sport Side-zip is Bates’ No. 1 selling boot. Why? Lightweight and aggressive, these boots are perfect for law enforcement and tactical operations. Made from only the highest quality materials, the upper is built from full-grain leather and tightly woven nylon while the outsole is made from rugged slip-resistant rubber. Ultra-comfortable features like a removable cushioned insert, athletic cement construction and a breathable mesh lining make this style a go-to choice for the field.

    • Height: 8"
    • Soft toe
    • Side zip
    • Upper made from full-grain leather and durable 1680 denier nylon
    • Highly breathable mesh lining
    • High-quality YKK zipper
    • Removable insert for optional cushioned comfort
    • Aggressive slip-resistant rubber outsole
    • Lightweight and flexible athletic cement construction

Reviews: Bates 8" Tactical Sport SZ

4 out of 5

Reviewed by 40 customers

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    Customer Rating
  • Date: 8/21/2015
    Reviewer: | Tampa Bay
  • 5 out of 5 Durable, Light weight & Comfortable. I'm on my third pair. December will be two years on this pair. Very light & comfortable from day one.

  • Outstanding

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 6/7/2015
    Reviewer: | Nazareth, Pennsylvania
  • 5 out of 5 I purchased the boots for my nephew who was starting a new job and needed them rather quickly. Online purchase was quick and easy and the boots showed up in a matter of a couple days. Outstanding experience all around.

  • Good comfy boots

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 4/30/2015
    Reviewer: | rio vista
  • 5 out of 5 I like the boots. I just wish the zipper handle was a bit larger.

  • Tactical Sport SZ

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 4/30/2015
    Reviewer: | Paris, TN
  • 5 out of 5 Boot is light-weight, easy to wear and extremely comfortable. Usually stay away from boots with side zippers, but these -at least for now- seem to hold up well and allow the boots to be easily slipped on.

  • Bates

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 4/27/2015
    Reviewer: | Archbold
  • 5 out of 5 Best boot I ever bought

  • Work boots

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 4/15/2015
    Reviewer: | Schertz
  • 5 out of 5 Great job second time around

  • Great boots

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 3/5/2015
    Reviewer: | Centerville
  • 5 out of 5 Only had these for 3 weeks and I walk and stand lituarly all day. Very comfortable. I got these because Converse quit making the boot I used to wear and Reebok took over.They ruined it so I had to find something better and this boot is phenomenal. I'm 58yrs old and these are without s doubt the most comfortable I've ever had. Look forward to how they hold up when I break the Harley out. I will rerate them at the end of summer.

  • Love them

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 2/9/2015
    Reviewer: | Hamilton
  • 5 out of 5 Purchased the boots for my son He loves them and he use them for a police program I will purchase a new pair and will recommend them to others

  • Great

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 2/9/2015
    Reviewer: | Lancaster
  • 5 out of 5 Great product, great service.

  • Bates 8" Tactical Sport SZ

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 1/27/2015
    Reviewer: | Riverside
  • 5 out of 5 Easy process and easy to work with. Ordered the wrong pair of boots. Tactical Gear provided an RMA and credited my account quickly. Husband loves his new

  • My 2nd pair

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 1/16/2015
    Reviewer: | Forked River nj
  • 5 out of 5 Wouldn't where aney orther

  • Not as good as they use to be

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 1/11/2015
    Reviewer: | Antigo
  • 1 out of 5 My first pair wore like iron for 3 years. When they wore out I bought another,in 4 months they were shot, sole seperated and stitching on heel support came apart. I'll stick with Rocky's. I'm in the woods all day and need something that will hold up.
    We apologize the boots aren't holding up for you. We do cover all of our items under the manufacturer's original warranty. Please contact our customer relations team if you would like to return the product to us. We'd be happy to help! - TacticalGear.com

  • Ccomfortable and durable

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 1/5/2015
    Reviewer: | Wildwood
  • 5 out of 5 I've worn Bates and Danners for years as a Law Enforcement Officer and I have to say that dollar for dollar Bates wins hands down. I generally buy them wide and find that there is no break in period and that right out of the box they are very comfortable and when they get too worn for duty use, they work great as boots, they're the only boots I'll buy

  • great dal

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 12/27/2014
    Reviewer: | hamburg, ny
  • 5 out of 5 great price, great quality, fast shipping

  • Great Boots!

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 12/20/2014
    Reviewer: | Charleson
  • 5 out of 5 Purchased these boots for my son for Christmas. Bought him a pair of these boots a few year ago. He wears them to work every day. I have a pair of these boots that I have had several years. Lightweight and are evidently durable. Will purchase another pair of these boots If and when I wear these out.


    Customer Rating
  • Date: 12/9/2014
    Reviewer: | Merced
  • 5 out of 5 Tactical Gear provided not only an excellent product but the best service possible under such short notice. I will continue to make my Tactical purchases here and recommend this site to all my friends and family ! Good Job !

  • great boot

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 12/9/2014
    Reviewer: | Clarksville
  • 5 out of 5 Have had these boots for 2 weeks. So far they are amazing. Very comfortable and didnt take but a few days to break in. Even breaking them in they didnt bother me. Feet dont hurt as bad any more.

  • Great Boot

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 11/30/2014
    Reviewer: | Gunnison
  • 5 out of 5 This is my third pair. I wear them everyday. Plenty warm in the Colorado winters and very comfortable in the summer. Tactical gear had the best price and them here in less than a week.


    Customer Rating
  • Date: 11/28/2014
    Reviewer: | DULLES VA.

  • Tactical water proof boots

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 11/24/2014
    Reviewer: | Orange Grove
  • 5 out of 5 Great product and well made

  • Disappointed!!!!!

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 10/26/2014
    Reviewer: | Egg Harbor
  • 1 out of 5 My last 4 pair ( I buy 4 at a time) had the sole separate from the upper within the first 2 weeks on all 4!!! After being loyal to this brand for over a decade, I'm saying GOOD BYE!!!!!
    Danny, we are sorry to hear that your soles were separating from the upper—that is definitely not what we like to hear! If you would like to contact our Customer Relations team, we can see if you might be eligible for a manufacturer's warranty on those boots. - TacticalGear.com

  • great investment

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 9/26/2014
    Reviewer: | jonesborough,tn
  • 5 out of 5 I love these boots ,very light weight and comfortable right out the box.

  • So far, so good...

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 9/22/2014
    Reviewer: | Parsippany
  • 5 out of 5 So far these boots have been everything that the reviews say they are. Light weight and seemingly durable. The only thing that I wish Bates did was offer these with built-in water proofing/insulation. I had to decide between the side zipper or water proof, but I can always water proof these, can't add a side zipper to the other ones...

  • 8th pair

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 7/20/2014
    Reviewer: | Brooksville, FL
  • 4 out of 5 I'm a long haul truck driver but have also worked as a mechanic and equipment operator on a large cattle ranch, I have been wearing this boot for over ten years and I am about to purchase my 9th pair. Yes, they can have issues like the sole having a short life span and on two pair the sole began to separate from the upper, but I am very hard on my boots. I will wear them as long as they make them as they are very comfortable, light weight, easy to get in and out of and for the money they hold up as well as less comfortable boots.

  • liked the boot but!!!!

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 7/2/2014
    Reviewer: | Pahrump NV.
  • 1 out of 5 wore them six times about 4 hours each time the last time sole fell completely off one and coming off the other!!! Glued on soles came on glued!!!
    Paul, we're really sorry to hear that you had to deal with that! The good news is that Bates offers a manufacturer's warranty that you may be eligible for. If you want to contact our Customer Relations team, we can help assist you with this. - TacticalGear.com

  • Good Boot

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 5/8/2014
    Reviewer: | Fayetteville, AR
  • 5 out of 5 I liked it all the way around.

  • Very good set of boots

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 11/8/2012
    Reviewer: | USA
  • 5 out of 5 I purchased a set of these boots about a year ago and have been using them everyday since. Very comfortable, lightweight, good ankle support. Bought them for my water delivery driver position and worked excellent. Now use them in construction and they take a pounding. The ball of the sole wore out pretty quickly but other than that they have saved me from getting a nail in my foot a couple times. Excellent boot for the money.

  • I'm impressed...

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 7/26/2012
    Reviewer: | Corpus Christi, Tx.
  • 5 out of 5 These boots, I got for Christmas in 2010 and they are still going. I don't wear them anymore, only because I've another pair of boots, now. However, they still are comfortable and trustworthy, despite the fact of my mishandling and therefore busting one zipper. In this case, the boot now has a belt to wrap around it. They've gone through over a year of daily walking/running in fun environments (also urban, but that's no fun daily-wise). I'd recommend these boots to anybody in search of lasting comfort and durability - but if the zipper breaks, use a good belt in a creative fashion.

  • Light weight, not long lasting

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 5/24/2012
    Reviewer: | USCGC Alex Haley
  • 2 out of 5 I got these right out of Coast Guard basic training. Compared to the super boots we got issued, these bad boys are light as a feather. Great for running around the boat. Only a few problems though, the soles are cheap and quickly worn out. They are not at all water proof. And it is impossible to shine them, something about the leather... I don't know. I have not experienced this problem personally but I got a lot of shipmates on board that have had the zippers fail on them too. Good for a few months, not a long lasting thing though, I guess that is ok because they are cheap.

  • Best all around boots I've had

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 5/1/2012
    Reviewer: | Los Angeles, California
  • 5 out of 5 I use these boots for literally everything. I work on movie sets here in LA, loading trucks, hauling lights and cables. I use them for landscaping, I use them for hiking. I keep two pairs around, at least, shine up one pair and use for daily shoes. I constantly wear these, and I love them. No steel toe, not waterproof, so heavy rain will kill the shoes. But If you live in a good climate like me, these are the perfect boot.

Bates 8" Tactical Sport SZ Black

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About Bates 8" Tactical Sport SZ

  • Bates Footwear created its Tactical Sport line so that you can find a comfortable boot with the special features you need. Available in black or desert tan with a steel, composite or soft toe, these boots are lightweight and flexible because of their athletic build. The Wolverine Warrior leather and denier nylon makes them oil-, water- and dirt-resistent. For a one-of-a-kind work experience, slip on your own pair of Bates Tactical Sport boots.

About Bates

Bates collage It all started with men's dress shoes. In 1885 Bates Shoe Company was just a tiny dress footwear manufacturer. More than seven decades later, the company narrowed its focus to create a uniform dress shoe specifically for the U.S. Navy. From there, its uniform footwear line exploded onto the market. With 1.5 million pairs of military boots sold each year in 60 countries, it's no surprise that Bates remains a major player in the world of military footwear. With a reputation like Bates', it's easy to see why so many uniformed men and women wear these military boots with pride.
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Bates 8" Tactical Sport SZ Black Black, Medium, 7
SKU: 2261-7M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 7.5
SKU: 2261-75M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 8
SKU: 2261-8M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 8.5
SKU: 2261-85M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 9
SKU: 2261-9M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 9.5
SKU: 2261-95M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 10
SKU: 2261-10M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 10.5
SKU: 2261-105M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 11
SKU: 2261-11M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 11.5
SKU: 2261-115M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 12
SKU: 2261-12M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 13
SKU: 2261-13M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 14
SKU: 2261-14M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Medium, 15
SKU: 2261-15M
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 7
SKU: 2261-7XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 7.5
SKU: 2261-75XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 8
SKU: 2261-8XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 8.5
SKU: 2261-85XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 9
SKU: 2261-9XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 9.5
SKU: 2261-95XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 10
SKU: 2261-10XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 10.5
SKU: 2261-105XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 11
SKU: 2261-11XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 11.5
SKU: 2261-115XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 12
SKU: 2261-12XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 13
SKU: 2261-13XW
In Stock $109.95
Black, Extra Wide, 14
SKU: 2261-14XW
In Stock $109.95