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Police Product Test: Under Armour Valsetz and Speed Freak Boots

Combining athletic shoe features and rugged construction, Under Armour’s new duty boots are comfortable and durable.

October 24, 2011  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

With the Valsetz and Speed Freak lightweight boots Under Armour has successfully transferred its training and running shoe designs into duty boots. If these boots hold up as well as Under Armour running shoes you will more than get your money's worth out of them.

One way Under Armour reduces the weight in its duty boots is by using EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) for the midsole. The other great property of EVA is that it absorbs shocks, reducing wear and tear to the body.

Another thing I noticed about these boots is their aggressive outsoles. The soles give good traction on a wide variety of surfaces from mud to wet, oily paint on concrete. At the same time the sole is quiet on hardwood and concrete floors, a real plus in a police boot.

Under Armour's Valsetz and Speed Freak model boots look very similar. They both have a protective toe cap, both are eight-inch boots, both weigh approximately one pound, both have reinforced heel areas for support, both have padded collars for comfort, and both are available in black or tan for duty.

But there are some substantial differences between the two models. The Speed Freak is Gore-Tex-lined to keep your feet dry in the snow and rain, while the Valsetz offers a water-resistant mesh to keep your feet cool in hot conditions. You can have the Speed Freak in various camouflage patterns to match your duty gear, while the Valsetz is available in tactical black and desert sand, plus some other color schemes not suitable for duty wear.

I have worn the Valsetz on hot summer days and my feet have not been soaked from sweat, and here in the northeast we had some steamy days this summer. The Speed Freak boots were tested in near monsoon-like rains and my feet stayed dry. Both boot models are comfortable on the range, on hard surfaces, and when driving.

Under Armour did an excellent job designing its duty boot line. The boots are comfortable, priced to not break the bank, and exhibit the lineage of Under Armour running shoes in the best possible ways. With all that going for them, these boots should quickly develop a following for duty and off-duty wear.

Vortex Optics: Viper PST 2.5-10X44

Law enforcement operators need versatile rifle optics that can be used for close-quarter combat and precision shots. A tactical team's precision shooter may be required to operate as part of the entry team and then later execute a precision shot without having the time to change optics. So these operators need scopes that can help them fulfill both of these missions.

Vortex's Viper PST 2.5-10X44 scope is a very versatile scope. It's offered with MilDot or radian ranging marks to suit your preference. I chose a MilDot because I have more experience with this style of scope.

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