The new 5.11® A/T Ranger 2.0 is a retro style cross-training shoe that merges classic old school cool with modern technology. Available in two stylish colorways, Dark Coyote/Khaki and all Black, it not only looks great but it also features 5.11’s outstanding proprietary built-in All Terrain Load Assistance System (A.T.L.A.S.) for full support and stability. 5.11® provided me with the Ranger 2.0 in Dark Coyote/Khaki for evaluation.
The hallmark of a cross-training shoe such as the Ranger 2.0 is its versatility. By combining various shoe features into one, it allows a broader range of motion and transition between different sports activities. Cross-training shoes are not a replacement for sport specific shoes, although they can be temporarily substituted for such. Not all cross-training shoes are the same. There are considerable differences.
5.11 A/T Ranger 2.0
The Ranger 2.0 features a suede leather upper with breathable mesh construction, providing durability and breathabiliy. It has a Scratch Rubber toe cap for added durability. Other features include an OrthoLite® open-cell memory foam insole combined with a 5.11 Echo Lite shock-dampening high-rebound EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) closed-cell foam midsole for maximum support and comfort, along with a removable dual–density polypropylene 5.11 Support Plate for turning and stability control while carrying heavier loads. It has a multi-lug rubber outsole.
The outsole is patterned with a multi-directional lug design for maximum grip and traction on all types of terrain. The outsole has a mix of lug designs for increased traction uneven terrain. The lugs are spaced to reduce the amount of mud and debris that will be picked up and cause them to lose their effectiveness. The outsole also has sipes (channels) molded into it which help channel mud and water away from the center of the sole to the edge to be shed and provide added grip. The outsole has an instep pocket for a rope to flow through for a rope climb workout or o-course. There are small pyramid shaped lugs in the pocket to provide traction.
5.11 opted for a slip resistant rubber compound for outsole, which is typical of the better cross-training shoes. The rubber is softer for more slip resistance when exposed to wet, slick surfaces than harder rubber outsole compounds. It can grab hold in situations where a harder rubber outsole may not. The trade-off is that it will wear down quicker than a harder rubber. I think the benefit outweighs any loss of longevity of the outsole in a shoe of this type.
The Ranger 2.0 has ample internal tongue and ankle padding, which is essential for comfort and to prevent chafing. The tongue padding is relatively stiff to prevent discomfort from tight laces.
Heel support is one of the defining features on cross-trainers that distinguish them from standard sneakers and running shoes. Standard sneakers and running shoes cannot deal with multi-directional movements, whereas cross training shoes can. The heel cups on the Ranger 2.0 are well-molded to provide extra support for compound movements. These features combine for a secure fit around the heel and ankle to minimize movement and provide stability.
The Ranger 2.0 is of lace-up design. The shoe has five webbing eyelets three on each lace stay side and two on the front (base and upper) of the tongue. Webbing eyelets are lighter and put less pressure on the foot. This makes them ideal for many types of athletic shoes, although they are more prone to tearing. The top row of eyelets consists of a punched eyelet on each lace stay. The punched eyelets are reinforced with plastic grommets. The top row is where most of the stress from lacing occur. The shoes came laced up, a welcome touch.
The Ranger 2.0 is equipped with a large webbing loop bootstrap/pull tab on the back near the heel to help you slip your foot into the shoe more easily. It can also be used to hang the shoe to dry without deforming it. An easy way to hang the shoe is to insert a carabiner through the loop.
The Ranger 2.0 runs true to size. It fits my feet well and is very comfortable to wear. The A.T.L.A.S. technology does an outstanding job. It needs to be recognized that since the exact shape of a last differs from brand to brand and shoe to shoe, sizes and fit will inevitably vary a bit also. Also, of course, everyone’s feet are different. What works for me may not work the same for you. That goes for all footwear. Go with whatever works best for you. If possible, try before you buy. Also, all footwear requires a break-in period to fully adjust to the contours of your feet.
To Sum Up
The Ranger 2.0 checks all the boxes for an excellent cross-training shoe. It delivers outstanding comfort and all-around performance. It is exceptionally well made and durably constructed. It is available in both Regular-D and Wide-E widths. MSRP is $110.00 USD. The A/T Ranger 2.0 is imported
The Ranger 2.0 and all 5.11 products are available directly from 5.11 and at authorized 5.11 dealers. 5.11 offers free shipping on orders over $35.00 and free returns.
I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.
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