The Coyote Brown Nike SFB Field Boots Are A Total Waste Of $150.00

The intention of the Nike SFB Field Boot was to unite the company’s athletic footwear history with the needs of today’s Military. This project, theoretically, should have been a huge success as Nike has military roots.

Co-Founder Bill Bowerman served in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during WWII. His footwear career began after returning from the war and becoming head track and field coach at the University of Oregon. It was at the university that he began creating sports footwear and Nike was born.

The expectation of the SFB Field Boot is that it would reach back to Bowerman’s Military roots, utilize the advanced technology Nike has created in their footwear over the years and create a tactical boot that was head and shoulders above the rest.

The result…

A fantastic flop!

Apparently, no one over at Nike has deployed in quite some time.

Instead of an elite boot improving the performance of our country’s elite warriors, the Nike SFB Coyote boot might as well be shipped to junior high basketball teams across the country. That’s about the level of quality in the Coyote Brown SFB’s.

The most valuable thing about these boots is the name. If you’re buying them for performance, durability or comfort, run for the hills. You will get none of those. What you will get is frustration and the need for new boots.

So why do the Nike SFB Coyote Field Boots suck? Let’s count the ways…

Nike SFB Field - Coyote Brown

Nike SFB Field coyote boots are made from durable canvas that allows your feet to breathe. The outside us all rubber for maximum durability and the traction is impeccable. The boots come equipped with an internal rock to protect your feet from punctures and relieves pressure from your soles. The dynamic lacing system gives you the best fit.

$150.00 $165.00

The Coyote Brown Nike SFB Field Boots Are A Total Waste Of $150.00

The Slightly Aggressive Thread

Nike SFC Coyote Brown SolesThe aggressive tread design is a great marketing tool for Nike. They clamor on about how it enhances performances when really these soles are a magnet for debris. They don’t enhance performance, they do the exact opposite.

If you are wearing them in muddy conditions, be prepared to be slowed down. The tread is terrible at expelling mud and build-up from the outsole.

Hopefully, you like ice skating because that’s how you’re going to look; like you’re skating.

Unfortunately, the bad news continues. The soles have no business on wet surfaces. Whether it’s pavement or linoleum (it might as well be banana peel), the soles are terrible at gaining traction on anything wet.

They are poorly designed and the result is poor performance and likely separation of the sole from the upper.

Built Not To Last

Nike SFB Coyote ReviewLike a pair of tennis shoes, the Nike SFB is built NOT to last.

Nike is happy to sit back and push volume. They clearly didn’t incur much cost so they drive profit. I took a pair with me on my second deployment to Afghanistan, and within the first month, I was on my knees in front of the supply sergeant demanding an issue pair of boots.

If you’re lucky, expect to get about 6 months out the SFB field boots in garrison environments.

If you’re hitting hostile environments, simply don’t take them. They won’t hold up. You’re better off going barefoot.

The Price Has Been Inflated

Now if the lack of quality isn’t enough, you do get to pay an inflated price for the boot. After all, it is ‘Nike’, right? The only thing you are paying for is the name and the ‘swoosh’.Your boots may be falling apart in the Afghan mountains, but at least you have the ‘swoosh’.

The reality is that the Nike SFB field boots cost $160 and that’s nearly half of my annual clothing allowance.

So basically that’s $160 to watch a pair of boots quickly fall apart while I walk from the barracksĀ to the motor pool and standing in formation.

The bottom line is that the cost should equal the value delivered. The reality is that it’s not even close. You’d be better off spending it on a pair of AR 670-1 compliant boots.

Nike SFB Field Boots Are Perfect For

Yes, the Nike SFB field boot is terrible, but through my experience, I have come to learn that it’s a great boot for a select few.

The boot is perfect for you if:

You think you’re Tom Cruise in Top Gun. You strut when you walk; you wear your shades and keep your chin tilted up. You’re young and cool and for you, the brand name is what you need. Forget about a boot that supports and protects your lower leg, you need one that massages your ego. You’ll look great donning the ‘swoosh’ while your boots unravel and fall apart.

The second soldier that the SFB field boots suit is the button pusher. In this case, the only action that the Nike SFB field boots get will be some slight flexion as you shift around in your office chair. The boot is much more suited to the rigors of cubicle life and a few trips back and forth to the bathroom. This way, you may get 8 to 10 months out of them.

So in conclusion…

Do I really need to go there? I don’t think so. Nike is one of the most elite footwear companies in the entire world and they should be making a boot far superior to the one they’ve got. As soldiers, we deal with difficult terrain and can’t have something as important as our boots slowing us done.

Nike really needs to step up and invest some serious time and energy into the design of their combat boots. Or, they can simply leave the military market and stick to sports footwear. If they are going to make tactical boots, they better improve!

Nike SFB Field - Coyote Brown

Nike SFB Field coyote boots are made from durable canvas that allows your feet to breathe. The outside us all rubber for maximum durability and the traction is impeccable. The boots come equipped with an internal rock to protect your feet from punctures and relieves pressure from your soles. The dynamic lacing system gives you the best fit.

$150.00 $165.00

The Coyote Brown Nike SFB Field Boots Are A Total Waste Of $150.00
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