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12 Days of Tactical Christmas – Day #3

Today three lucky readers will each walk away with a pair of Tactical Research’s brand new Flyweights; their Ultra Lightweight Hot Weather Garrison Boot.

MIDSOLE: Compression molded EVA
OUTSOLE: Oil and Slip Resistant Rubber
INSOLE: Single Density, molded EVA

Don’t forget, today’s winners as well as every other winner, will receive a 2012 Tac Girls Calendar. (Just the calendar, not any of the girls)

To Enter
In the comment section of THIS post, here on Tacticalfanboy.com tell us how many pairs of boots you own. In a few hours we’ll close the comments section and randomly select a winner. Don’t dilly dally. We could close comments at any time. And, remember to use a valid email address so we can inform you in case you win. One entry per email address.

Details at soldiersystems.net/the-12-days-of-tactical-christmas.

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121 Responses to “12 Days of Tactical Christmas – Day #3”

  1. tommy eversole says:

    3 pairs of boots, 1 pair are steel toe work boots,1 pair of army issue leather boots the other pair are cowboy boots.

  2. Clark says:

    9. 6 army 3 civilian

  3. Ryan says:

    I have five or six pairs of boots. I have a couple old boots that I keep around for dirty work around the house/yard. I have one pair of lightweight hikers. I have one pair of heavy duty hikers. I have a pair of dress boots. I probably have another pair I’m not remembering.

  4. Nick says:

    4 Pairs of boots 2 pair
    OTB (great boots)
    Solomon Quest GTX

  5. Aries_Ranger says:

    Easy Bakers Dozen, Accumulated over 21 Years.

  6. abbyjoy says:

    My husband’s boot collection rivals my own shoe collection. The entryway closet attempts to hold them all, but can’t quite do it.

  7. Tom Greco says:

    I think three.

  8. Tim says:

    Danners, Bates, Wolverines – several of each. Some have been issued by the Corps and some I’ve bought, but I’m still on the hunt for the perfect boot.

  9. Trevor says:

    I own 6 pairs of boots and counting and am currently looking for a new pair. Thanks for the contest.

  10. James says:

    I have 2 pair of shit-stompers. I think they came from Academy.

  11. Greg Latosynski says:

    I have about 6 pair of boots.
    2 danners
    2 Converse
    Merrill Hikers

    All of them have seen better days. Happy New Year!

  12. AE says:

    4 pairs.

  13. devin says:

    9. 8 for work and 2 for fun.

  14. Dirtdartwife says:

    3 civilian, 7 Army. Thanks for the opportunity to try a new pair!

  15. Nate says:

    I have 4 pairs, but only wear 2.

  16. Matt says:

    8 pairs. Miss my green jungles though.

  17. Mumf says:

    5 Pairs:
    1 pair of Lowa Patrols
    1 pair of Han Wag Special Forces
    2 pairs of Combat Highs
    1 pair of Soloman Quest CTX

  18. Richard says:

    4 military
    3 civvie

    want more.

  19. Ben says:

    5. One summer, One fall, 2 winter, 1 general use

  20. Brian says:

    1 pair danners
    2 pair bates
    1 modified altama’s (SFAS special)
    1 civilian pair
    countless other old pairs sitting in tough boxes

  21. Myer says:

    20…30…lost count a long time ago.

  22. ross says:

    ive two pair black patrol boots for work that i rotate cos of the smell ! lol

    one pair of m1944 roughout boots and one pair of coracorn jump boots {the most comftable set ive ever owned even tho the design is over 60 years old }

    one pair of lowa desert boots that are falling apart that i use for shooting and stuff. and some thigh high pvc ones for the weekend ;] lol

  23. Matt S says:

    3 pair, plus 2 or 3 wrecked ones that are no longer fit for duty.

  24. steve says:

    1 pair of garmont T8 jungle boots. all my others I walked straight out of or they were covered in blood and were thrown a way during last deployment

  25. Adam says:

    I own 2 pair. 1 for my job, 1 for outdoor work.

  26. Ekku says:

    Two pairs. Old pair of Haglöfs for hiking/outdoors and repro WWII style US service shoes for more stylish everyday use out in town.

  27. Kevin says:

    I’ve got one pair of GTX short hikers from Merrel and a pair of cowboy boots I’ve had for 18 years.

  28. Ed G says:

    4 pairs. Danner, Bates, oakley, Keen

  29. Frank the Tank says:

    5, if you count my moon boots.

  30. Ned says:

    too many?
    2 Belleville 690
    1 Rocky S2V
    1 Rocky Lightweight Trainer
    1 Danner TFX
    1 Lowa desert zephyr low
    1 Bates 790
    1 OG Leather combat boots
    1 Oakley Assault boots

    1 Asolo FSN 95
    1 Timberland Earthkeeper
    1 Scarpa Phantom Guide
    1 END light hiker
    1 Scarpa T3
    1 Doctor Martens 8 eyelet 🙂

  31. Giovani says:

    I’ve got 3 pairs. Danners and Bates.

  32. matt bell says:

    4 pairs 2 work 2 play

  33. Clayton says:

    8 pairs of military issue boots. Nuff said.

  34. Darin says:

    I have 5 sets as of now, counting the cold weather boots.

  35. jennifer says:

    At least 5 pair of military boots and 2 pair of civilian work boots.

  36. scott s says:

    2 pairs I have my work boots and my vietnam style jump boots that I wear on a almost daily basis.

  37. Mark Graves says:

    total of 6 pair

  38. Max says:

    5.11 ATACs for work, some old ragged out bates for play

  39. Josh@Survivalcache says:

    4 pairs total.
    2 pairs of Propper Tactical boots,
    1 pair of Brahma steel toes,
    1 pair of old ORs.

  40. Andy T says:

    One pair of Garmont T8 and one pair of Danner Acadia for duty footwear.

  41. Nick The Brit says:

    Last count was 28 – I just can’t make myself throw any out! That includes black boots, e pairs winter, and about a half dozen desert boots.

  42. Josh Archer says:

    8 total, 7 issued by the airforce, 1 pair that I bought.

  43. Chrs Stover says:

    USMC issued full leather boots (original pair from boot camp ’97)
    USMC issued steel toe boots
    USMC issued Belleville’s
    Pair of Danner’s I bought before being issued the Bellevilles
    No name pair of work boots that I wore out right away

  44. Jake says:

    6 pair
    1pr – Danner
    2pr – desert
    1pr – from VMI (30 years old & not much tread left, but hanging in there)
    1pr – Brahmas (or something like that; std. 6″ Wal-Mart boot)
    1 pr – LL Bean (10″)

  45. Steve says:

    If I did my math right – 14 pairs of boots varying in age from a few months old to about 18 years old:

    1 pair Army issued – cold weather (lowest bidder POS)
    2 pair Army issued – warm weather (lowest bidder POS)
    1 pair Nike SFB – for running & rucking (would love to see if the Ultra Lightweight Hot Weather Garrison Boot is comparable)
    1 pair Tactical Research Khyber Boots (my Favorite and most comfortable)

    1 pair Montrail hiking boots
    1 pair deer skin cowboy boots
    1 pair ski boots
    1 pair inline roller skate boots
    1 pair UUG classic short boots
    2 pair neoprene scuba diving boots
    1 pair rubber scuba diving boots (on my dry suit)
    1 pair baseball cleated boots

  46. Robby Henrichs says:

    Is there another kind of Footwear? Six
    Bates USMC Lites
    Old School Jump Boots
    Justin Chuckas
    Merrell Sawtooth
    a few pairs of Timberlands

  47. Jason Welin says:

    – Original pair of Magnum Elites, repaired many times, now used at firehall.
    – 2 Pairs Danner Acadia (one retired and waiting for rebuild)
    – 5.11 Station boots (off duty/station wear)
    – Original Swat low tops
    – Columbia winter boots for off duty/extreme cold duty
    – Kodiac steel toed work boots (for part time job as a tech)
    – 2 pairs cheap Sorel knockoff winter boots
    – Canadian Forces combat boots
    – old pair Magnum lightweight boots
    – Haix leather lace up structural firefighting boots
    – crappy steel toe rubber pull on structural boots
    – dress boots for LEO dress uniform

    So I’ll say 14-18, not counting ones I’ve forgotten.

  48. Corey says:

    4 pair military, 3 pairs duty LE

  49. George says:

    Boots, I’ve got 6 pairs of issue boots: 2 pair of desert lightweights, 2 pair of desert cold weather, 1 pair of black jungle boots and a pair of black cold weather boots. They are a mix of Wellco, Altama and Belleville. A couple of pairs of cowboy boots, Justin and Tony Lamas. Rounding it out are a pair of hiking boots, one by Ariat and the other New Balance.

  50. Jonathan says:

    I’ve only got one pair of Danners. They are lonely and need some friends to keep them company.

  51. Joshua says:

    At least seventeen. But there’s always room for one more!

  52. Swiat34 says:

    5. 1 USMC Bates hot weather brown boots, 1 pair USMC Bates black ICBs, 1 pair tan Timberlands, 1 pair brown steel toe Timbs, 1 pair black cheapos I can’t wear! Haha

  53. Doc Todd says:

    I own only one pair of boots and could desperately use a new/second pair.

  54. Colby99 says:

    I own 3 pairs. 2 are cold weather boots since I live in Alberta where the weather can ranger between -58F and over 100F of the course of the year! Some hot weather boots would be nice!

  55. John M. Denny says:

    I’ve got three, but I could really use a nice pair like that!

  56. ben lewis says:

    7 pairs of boots, most have ben beaten to hell. I think I only wear 2 pairs of them still but I can’t bring myself to get rid of the ones I don’t wear.

  57. Trango says:

    Nice! Where do I sign up?! ….wait…I just did??? Nice!

  58. Ralph Hilbert says:

    I own 3 pairs of boots.

  59. Mike Hull says:

    Ten pairs of boots, Danners, Rockies, Garmont & Bates. Still looking for the right light weight boot.

  60. Jason Lee says:

    I’ve got 6 pairs of boots… that would be 3 pair of Altama combat boots (the old school all black leather kind, ranging from yard-work-nasties to every-day to keep-’em-shiney), 1 pair of Corcoran Jump Boots (in the even more old school WWII style oxblood leather, kept at a mirror shine), 1 pair of Gripfast knee-high steel toe boots (gotta look good at the club), and 1 pair of worn-out old Magnums. But I don’t have any modern style tactical boots, and I’ve been curious to check some out… And hot-weather boots would get serious usage down here in Alabama!

  61. Jim says:

    Four but could always use more.

  62. William says:

    I own 5 currently I have started throwing away as i get new

  63. Jeremiah says:

    A pair of beat up Merrell waterproof hiking boots, a pair of Lowa Zephyr desert hiking boots that get the most use for me here in Arizona, a pair of 5.11 black mid boots that I got cheap, and good thing because I’m not a fan of how they feel, and a pair of harness boots.

  64. Austin says:

    I own 2 pairs of altamas, a pair of Lowa Zephyr Desert Boots, and 2 pairs of ski mountaineering boots.

  65. Ryan says:

    I own five pair of boots (Merrell, 5.11, Danner, and two pairs of Warrington Pro).

  66. Adam says:

    1 pair Bates USMC ICBs, 1 pair Belleville USMC jungles, 1 pair Redwing work boots.

  67. Nick says:

    6 in various stages of boot life cycle…

  68. Ty says:

    I own 4

  69. Joseph says:


    I own one pair of Danners. They hold up really well it seems, so I will likely ware them into nothingness before I part with them. Other than that, I’ve worn through lots of twenty dollar pairs which I don’t plant to go back to. Haha!

  70. Shane Phillips says:

    I have a pair of Merrell Hiking Boots, Rocky Boots and a pair of turnout boots .

  71. Tyler says:

    I own 4 decent pairs, I think. 2 pairs OTB, 1 pair of 5.11, and 1 pair of Scarpas.

  72. BurtSaun1049 says:

    Only 1! 🙁

  73. Holger says:

    Two pairs: one pair of light hiking boots (TNF) and a pair of steel-toe working boots…

  74. Justin says:

    At least 7, but if you count work boots it’s probably more like 11.

  75. John says:

    Two pairs; one pair steel toe, and one pair for hiking.

  76. Brick931 says:

    I own 4 pairs of boots, 1 pair of cheap steel toes for yard work, a pair of Thurgood steel toe tacs for work, a pair of timberland emt boots for patrol and everyday wear, and a pair of class A’s for funeral duty.

  77. Kenny C says:

    i own two functioning pairs of boots and a closet full of boots that leak and have holes. my working pairs are both about ready to be added to my collection of useless boots. i would sure love these.

  78. DeltaNate says:

    I have 4the right now. Oakley combat, Altima, OTB Odins, and 5.11. Household 6 made me get rid of all my other ones. Ten years of service you can have a good stock pile.

  79. Brent says:

    I have 6 pair mostly issued over the years. A couple Bellville, some Danners, Bates but my favorite are my OTB 8″. Wore the OTB most of the last deployment and they have shown very little signs of wear still.

  80. Jerret P says:

    I own 2 pairs of Oakley Assault boots (1 blk 8″ and 1 pair tan 6″). And
    I have a very old pair of Danner Acadia’s.

  81. Jerry W says:

    I have four pair of boots. One Vasque hiking, Two Danner work boots hot/cold. And one pair of Tony Lama.

  82. I own 4 pair of boots, but need a new pair.

  83. red2alpha73 says:

    Five but four of them are ‘field boots’ at this point. Number Five only gets broken out for special days and events.

  84. Ben P. says:

    I own 5 pairs: 2 pairs of Corcoran jump boots, 1 Bates Ultra-lites, 1 Rocky Alpha, and 1 pair of Magnum quarter-boots.

  85. Chris W says:

    I own 5 pairs of boots, but the Lowa’s get worn everyday.

  86. Brian W says:

    3 sets of boots.

  87. William R2 says:

    2 Pair of US mil issued Altama (1 warm, 1 cold) 1 pair of issues but non returnable clunky cold weather boots. And my current pair of Tactical Research boots!

  88. Jamie B says:

    Six pairs of boots not counting old work boots and cowboy boots.

  89. Rick A. says:

    I have 7 pair of boots, 3 for work, 3 for Military and one pair Asolo’s for every day.

  90. Alex says:

    3. Old school Altamas in Jungle Green, they were still cool before the ACUs were introduced. Two pair of Bates. Tore up but still holing up.

  91. Will says:

    6 Total Pairs… 2 Pairs Rubber Boots, 1 Pair Danner Chainsaw Boots, 1 Pair Cowboy Boots, 1 Pair Leather Wolverine…

  92. Sean says:

    I own 7: 1 pair of corcoran jump boots, 1 pair of danner combat boots, 1 pair of danner cold weather boots, 3 pairs of bates jungle boots, and 1 pair of black cold weather boots.

  93. Daniel Grossman says:

    I have 1 pair of boots that i currently own but i have had 3 different sets of boots a set of Doc Martins, Magnum Stealth and now a set of Bates 6 inch boots.

  94. Lew says:

    One pair Army issue summer, one pair army issue winter, one pair Lunghags Pro High, one pair german noname boots with speedlace and a pair of docs from when I was young and cool. More cross-country skiing and lake-skating boots than I care to admit.

  95. I am down too only 2 pair,Rocky sv2 and a pair of cold weather boots I was issued.

  96. Brian says:

    Boots, and the collection thereof, is the only apparel foible I share with my wife. She collects shoes like it’s her job. I collect boots because it *is* my job. I refuse to let go of my black Danner Matterhorns, because I know they’ll come back one day. Same for my black canvas jungle boots. Black leather steel-toe tanker boots from the heavy equipment days? Yes please. Three pairs of Oakleys, a set of NB OTBs, a couple sets of issued boots, some old Bellevilles, Cabelas, Oxtar matrix motorcycle boots, and let us not forget the crown jewel, my Corcoran Jump Boots, still polished to a mirror shine and waiting for payday activities…when I get back to the One True Division.

    I don’t have a problem, I just need the right tool for the right job. That’s what I tell myself.

  97. Sam Gilmer says:

    I own 3. One pair of bates side zip hot weather boots that I completely destroyed, zippers don’t work and a lot of seams are starting to tear, but I love them to death and wear them as everyday shoes. Second pair is a pair of waterproof Bates side zip boots, zippers got gummed up and after a 100+mile hike after a year of ownership the soles started to separate. They are now retired. My current boots are Belleville 310’s, amazing boots and I love them to death.

  98. Shane says:

    I have a few pair of lace ups for work and hiking. It’s hot here in Texas and I have crappy ankles, so having a hot weather boot that is also 8″ would be sweet.

  99. steve says:

    Own 5 but also still looking for the perfect pair of lightweight boots Thanks

  100. Arthur says:

    I’ve got nine sets of boots. Two basic issue black leather boots. One set of black altama jungle boots. Two sets of icw boots from Ft. Wainwright. Two sets of desert boots one Belleville one altama. One set of insulated insulated desert bootsand I almost forgot odd set of steel toed black leather Belleville’s for my current job. I never thought it was allot but the wife always complains I have more boots than she has shoes…

  101. Jeremy Stevens says:

    I own 2 pairs of Bates boots, and a pair of Rocky’s all of which were issued to me from work, I also own 511’s and Adidas GSG9 boots.

  102. Alex says:

    I’ve got two pairs of British Issue GP Boots, two pairs of classic magnums, an old pair of Meindls goretex boots and some jungle boots. Currently looking to replace my issued boots with a decent pair of Lowas or Altbergs.

  103. Steven W says:

    I own 4 pairs of boots, 2 Irish Setter, A Pair of Rockys and a pair of steel toed for work.

  104. Bill H says:

    I own 4 pair, all but one are cowboy boots. Will increasing to 5 after I receive my OTB after Christmas.

  105. Freeman says:

    I have two pairs of Lowa GTX’s, three pairs of Blackhawk Light Assault Boots and a pair of 5.11 HRT.

  106. awset7 says:

    I own about 12-14 pairs of boots, but I only use about 5 different pair on a weekly basis. Oakley boots are pretty solid for what i do, they break in easy and are real comfy.

  107. Saul says:

    I own a pair of Lowa Zephyr GTXs and some crummy black magnum patrol boots. Took the Lowas out backpacking and stepped into the river several times… No water inside whatsoever.

  108. Charles Taylor says:

    Two pairs of Magnums, one of which has a broken zipper. The other older pair is now 10 years old, I wore them while hiking at Philmont. Oddly the older pair was always more comfortable than the zippered ones.

  109. Tina Brooke says:

    I have a couple pairs of Bates, a pair of Wolverines, and a pair of 5.11’s. I also still have an older pair of Rockys that is pretty worn out.

  110. Robert L says:

    I have one pair of Bates which I got on my own as well as 3 pairs of Danners issue boots, two jungle and one steel nose

  111. kevin rojas says:

    I have a pair of altima hoplite, A pair of THOSE SHITTY ISSUED BOOTS! and a pair OF TIMBERLANDS!….AND MY BARE FEET

  112. kyle says:

    I own three pairs of hot weather combat boots, a pair of hot weather steel toe combat boots, one pair of thinsulate gore-tex combat boots, two sets gore-tex combat boots, two sets of cowboy boots, one pair of hiking boots, and trail shoes. In all i own 12 pairs of boots.

  113. Dalton says:

    I have 2 pairs. A pair of GBX buckle up boots, and a pair of bellville 795’s. One pair for riding and one pair for stomping.

  114. CJ says:

    Own probably 5 pairs of combat boots. My Rockies are my favorite. Also have a pair of Vasques for hiking/backpacking.

  115. Josh says:

    Four total
    5.11 HRT Desert x 2
    Danner ?? x1
    ?? Jungle boot x 1

  116. Valen says:

    Bates (hot weather)
    and Haix (cold weather)

  117. Dana says:

    I have 3 pair of boots… Nothing as awesome as the Flyweights!

  118. David Hinson says:

    11 pair in all. 2 pair old combat boots, 1 pair of materhorns, 2 pair of issue all leather boots, 1 pair Cochran 2s, 1 pair of bates tactical boots, 1 pair of converse sage green boots, and 3 pair of cowboy boots. What can I say, I like boots!

  119. Craig says:

    I have 5 or six pairs of boots, one pair of black Harley Davidson waterproof, one pair of issued intermediate weather boots, one or two pair of issued hot weather boots, a pair of black side zipper Bates and a pair of tan Oakleys.

    I may have more back in my parent’s basement from the days of black boots that were issued to me.

  120. Bert says:

    Two – a really old pair of boots I found in my basement (a very stiff sole, but durable and comfortable), and a pair of Atltamas I was issued.

  121. Tactical Fanboy says:

    Thank you all for your entries!