These black Velocitor patrol boots from the American company BATES Footwear are ultra-lightweight and aimed primarily at First Responders and Security Industry personnel who spend much of their working day on their feet.
Manufactured in China, these boots use a combination of fabric and leather uppers married to a quite minimalist non-slip rubber outsole to bring weight for a UK Size 11 boot down to just under 540 grammes. As BATES do not make half sizes our test samples this month are UK Size 11 Medium (US 12 or EU 45) which is slightly larger than we would normally test – my feet are UK 10 Wide or 10.5 Medium.
The first thing which strikes one when taking these boots, supplied to us by Crawley-based NITON Equipment Ltd., out of the box is the unusual outsole design which has cut-outs in the instep / heel area and has a ‘layered’ appearance. The tread pattern is also quite unusual as round stud-like shapes predominate with angular blocks mostly only being used around the perimeter. This is not the first time we have encountered this type of sole design, which we understand is intended to provide better grip on flat urban surfaces in the wet, but it still takes a bit of mentally getting used to until you have tried it on damp granolithic floors and pavements and realise the benefits.
In addition to that slip-resistant rubber outsole, which has enhanced arch support for added stability, the VELOCITOR has a cushioned EVA midsole and contoured cushioned AureRight breathable polyurethane insole for added comfort; the latter also being anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. The uppers are a combination of durable mesh fabric, bonded rubber lower foot strengtheners, leather heel cup and leather lacing attachment strips, with ankle protecting padded bars each side. There is substantial rubber strike protection around and over the ends of the toes. The mesh lining is padded throughout, thicker on the collar and tongue, and soft leather is used for the outer collar.
Lacing is a combination of four lower eyelets and three upper tunnels each side, with leather loops at the bottom and halfway up the tongue. All furniture is non-metallic meaning the boots won’t trip security detectors each time you walk through.
Although the construction of the VELOCITOR will provide a good degree of rain protection, it is probably worth noting that it does not have a breathable waterproof membrane so prolonged immersion in deep water is not a good idea. It is also worth a mention that although this is a 7-inch mid-height boot, the tongue fillets only go up to the 5-inch level meaning occasional water immersion protection is really only shoe height; if a police officer, do not presume you can go wading through streams and ornamental ponds with these boots while chasing scrotes and still keep your dry feet as they are not designed for water sport.
My overall impression on these boots, after wearing them for a couple of weeks in an urban environment, is surprisingly favourable. To buy online go to NITON999.co.uk
This article with detail images of the boots was first published in the
August 2017 issue of COMBAT & SURVIVAL Magazine.
Images © Bob Morrison