5.11 A/T Mid Waterproof Boot

Several years ago I had a pair of 5.11’s ATLAS Mid boots. They were lightweight and super comfortable. Fast forward to 2022 and 5.11 has produced an update, the A/T Mid Boot in both a waterproof and non-waterproof version. Knowing how comfortable the original ATLAS boots were, I ordered a pair of A/T Mid Waterproof boots for use this winter/spring. At work, we spend our time both indoors and outdoors on various terrain and the weather in the mid-Atlantic is always unpredictable during this time of year. This makes a boot that is both comfortable and waterproof very appealing. 

Top boot is the original ATLAS Mid Boot and bottom boot is the A/T Mid Waterproof Boot

The A/T Mid boots have the same All Terrain Load Assistance System that the original boots were named for to provide complete support and stability in a softer mid height boot. The boots use 5.11’s TacDry waterproof and bloodborne pathogen resistant membrane and a rubber outsole with ASTM slip and oil resistance shaped with a multi-directional lug pattern for traction. The uppers are made with a breathable waterproof membrane constructed with TPU welded panels and a 3D rubber molded toe cap for durability and protection. Inside the boots there is 5.11 Force shock absorbing foam heel, dual density midsole with 5.11 Echo high rebound foam in the forefoot, Ortholite insole and a removable 5.11 support plate to support carrying heavier loads. All of these features combined make for a lightweight, durable and highly capable boot. 

Fat and soft laces, prevent the need for double knots
The slip and oil resistant soles of the A/T Mid Waterproof Boot

One of my favorite features from the A/T series are the shoelaces, they are soft, fat laces. They stay tied without having to double knot them. The padding of the interior of the boot upper is soft and prevents any pinch points. The shoe laces are retained by nylon loops and secured with a loop at the bottom and top of the tongue that prevent the tongue from slipping sideways. The slip resistant soles are a softer rubber but not so soft that they are prone to wearing out quickly. They have a midsole with little spikes that wrap from outsole to outsole through the arch, adding to the traction The sizing for these boots has been standard with the rest of my 5.11 shoe collection and fit comfortably. I wear a 10.5D in most shoes, unless they run narrow. I have slightly wide feet but usually not enough to order EEs. There is plenty of room in the toe box to be both comfortable and fit thicker socks.

top photos are the insides of the ATLAS Mid Boot and bottom photos are the A/ T Mid Waterproof Boot with waterproof and bloodborne pathogen resistant membrane

I have been wearing these boots for the last several months in varying weather and have had warm and dry feet, still being comfortable while remaining on my feet all day. As with any waterproof boot, they are slightly heavier (by mere ounces) than their non-waterproof versions and my feet have been a bit toasty (but not sweaty) on the warmer days this spring. They have been a good choice while the spring weather has been unpredictable and still provide the support of carrying heavy loads or hiking. They still look as good as the day I received them. These boots come in both regular and wide widths, from size 5 to 14. Color options are black, dark coyote and umber brown. There are additional colors for the non-waterproof boots. Retail cost is $165, making them slightly less expensive than other boots made of the same or similar features and materials.

Let’s Go!

Final Thoughts: These are some comfortable and durable waterproof boots for multi-activity days at work or play. It is nearly impossible to distinguish the weight difference with the non-waterproof boots, making these some of the lightest waterproof boots I own. Here is a review for the non-waterproof A/T Mid Boots, if your adventures don’t require the extra protection. 


By the numbers:

Comfort – 4.5/5 These boots are lighter than most waterproof boots and have several features to create a comfortable feel, utilizing several of 5.11’s proprietary foam components. Plenty of toe room. I took a ½ a point for being a little warm in the hotter temps, but this is also normal for waterproof boots. 

Durability – 5/5 Rubber slip and oil resistant outsole with waterproof/bloodborne pathogen membrane and TPU welded waterproof upper panels all create a lasting boot.

Functionality – 5/5 The boots are waterproof as advertised all the way up to the top of the uppers, with non-slip and oil resistant soles that provide traction in all terrain and surfaces.

Weight – 5/5 As stated earlier, it is almost indistinguishable from the non-waterproof version, these are some light boots.

Value – 5/5 These boots come in on the low end for cost for waterproof boots when considering all the comfort and durability features built in.

Overall rating – 4.9/5 For the money and the features these are some solid waterproof boots with comfort and durability in mind. 

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up 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 on my personal experience with the product.

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By Brook Bowen

Brook Bowen has more than 21 years as a federal law enforcement officer and has been instructing for the last 18 years. He has developed and delivered firearms and tactical courses to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, foreign law enforcement and military units. He has 13 years of combined operational experience serving in special operations units in both the military and federal law enforcement. Brook currently instructs federal law enforcement officers at a national training center in multiple disciplines. In addition, Brook owns Two Bravo Training Solutions, a firearms and tactics training and consulting company.

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