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New Balance 8" JungleLite
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Reviews: New Balance 8" JungleLite
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Reviewer: john | austin
Coming from side zip Bates, these are about a half size small, possibly even a full size. If the selection had been better i would have gotten a half size bigger and then I'd have a perfect fit. Build quality seems great, no issues there. Shipping was fast.
Decent, but needs work
Reviewer: Spencer | Deployed
First off, I really do like these boots. They're the lightest I've ever seen and they're comfortable. But I have a very hard time believing that these boots were R&Ded by Special Forces Operators. There's just too many issues with them. First, the sizing on these boots is way off. I wear a size 13 in everything I put on my feet, so I ordered these boots in that size. They were at least a 1/2 size too small. I little research showed me that pretty much everyone who bought and reviewed these boots had similar issues. I sent them back and got 14's, since you can't buy them in 1/2 sizes over the size of 11 1/2. They were fine in length but feel too wide for my feet. I can live with them but they to get a little funky when climbing up a steep hill. Just too much toe room. OTB should address this issue with their manufacturter and ensure these boots are being made to the US size specifications listed on the tag.
Next, I didn't care for the sausage laces at all and replaced them with 550 paracord, which in my opinion should be standard on the JungleLites too (apparently comes standard on the DesertLite Boots). It seemed like a worthy attempt to solve an issue that some boot wearers have, but for me, they turned out to be worthless. They stay tied alright, but they have too much stretch and the boots end up loosening during wear. The 550 paracord was an improvement that also should be addressed by OTB.
Other than that, I really like them. I've worn them several times when stomping around in the jungles of Okinawa and they've performed fine. They're not as stable as some of my other boots because of the looseness due to width, but I make them work.
About New Balance 8" JungleLite
A fresh take on an old design, the JungleLite features the latest technologies and lightweight materials. Originally known as OTB, New Balance Tactical has increased the functionality and performance of the old-fashioned style. Tailored to keep feet dry, it includes mesh ports throughout the boot that ensure breathability and ventilation. Perforated footbeds help drain water out of the boot with each step. Tested by the 75th Ranger Regiment, the boot definitely meets the needs of elite soldiers and operators with its full length insole board that offers stability when carrying heavy loads. Today's military demands the comfort, durability and quality—and that is exactly what the JungleLite delivers.
About New Balance Tactical
For over 100 years, New Balance has been creating innovative footwear and clothing for athletes. It was only a matter of time before it went even further and released high quality options for servicemen, public safety employees and elite operators. Previously branded as OTB, its New Balance Tactical products perform in adverse elements, while incorporating important features such as a non-restrictive fit and lightweight comfort. In addition to utilizing superior materials, each piece is designed to withstand prolonged exposure to various environmental factors. Committed to providing the edge in survivability, New Balance Tactical strives to produce performance shoes, boots and clothing for those who need to be mission-ready.