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Old 06-01-2018, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightweight running boots for paintball?

I'm trying to transition to a lighter setup, and the piece of kit I've always had a lot of problems with is footwear. I've always worn either some kind of combat boot or a hiking shoe/boot. The problem is that the combat boots are a little heavy for how I've started playing (IE, running around a lot more), and because I have kinda odd feet and where I rest my weight on them, I DESTROY off-the-shelf shoes and boots (My last pair of Keens lasted me less than a year, and I know people who are getting 5+ years out of them)

Anyone have a recommendation for a good, lightweight ankle boot for paintball? I don't mind having to pay a bunch, as long as it's comparable in weight to a hiking boot and reasonably rugged.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I run magnum 8.0s. mostly nylon, very light. You can get them in side zip and composite toe models. The soles are very nice, equal to a good running shoe. If you want something for your feet in particular, it might be worth investing in a pair of custom insoles, that you can swap between shoes.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I run thick running shoes with an extra sole. Super light and comfy. Plus a stock class micro phantom..i'm usually the quickest around
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I avoid boots no matter what condition because anything wrapped around my ankles inhibits mobility. I resorted to a rather spendy but very well worth it option and invested in Vivobarefoot Trail Freak II shoes. Super light, amazing rubber tread, and allows for toe spread and natural foot movement. Work perfect in the woods, all terrains, use them for hiking as well. Never been so comfortable on the field! They make other great outdoor shoes, as well as for every day use.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a pair of North face hiking boots that I found in my closet after a move. Honestly have no idea where they came from but they fit, are comfortable, lighter than my combat boots and much easier to run in.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I avoid boots no matter what condition because anything wrapped around my ankles inhibits mobility. I resorted to a rather spendy but very well worth it option and invested in Vivobarefoot Trail Freak II shoes. Super light, amazing rubber tread, and allows for toe spread and natural foot movement. Never been so comfortable on the field! They make other great outdoor shoes, as well as for every day use.
This. Stick with trail runners.

Salomans, Vibrams, Merrell, even New Balance. Plenty of choices for lightweight (even waterproof) shoes with aggressive tread.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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with my ankles i have to wear boots. i use Bates lightweight first responder boots, they weigh less than 2 pounds total.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Merrell makes a great hiking boot that's a cross with running shoe.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I moved away from boots a couple of years ago to lighten up my feet, using train runners instead. Recently, due to the roughness of some of the environments I play in, I decided to shift back into boots, but try to find something lightweight. I hit the jackpot with Cabela's Tactical Trainer boots. Super comfortable, and amazingly light.

Bonus for you, they're currently on sale for $50 off.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/foot...5.uts?slotId=4
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