I'm currently trying to decide between buying a pair of Salomon Quest or Belleville 693 Assault Flight boots for general outdoor use and I was curious as to if anyone had any experience with the Belleville boots.
I have worn at least 10 different brands of boots (Hiking, Military, or work) and hands down Salomon wins.
I'll take your word on it. I've heard good things about both boots but I'm more inclined to take the testimony of somebody from MiA than another site. My only issue with this is that I wanted something higher but I can probably get over that.
Do you know anywhere that they would sell their brown variant, or at least have it in stock? Their website only puts out their green and grey-ish color variants, and most websites that I find that have the brown variant don't seem to be too reputable.
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2014 12:32:40 GMT -5 by Zaraska
I've got a pair of Belleville boots. I forget the model number, but they're the brown, desert model.
They fit fine and are fairly comfortable. I normally only wear them for skirmishes and for hiking around and they've held up fine. They are super warm though. Like uncomfortably warm. YMMV.
My hardcore, do it all boots are Asolo TPS 520s. My original pair lasted 15 years and untold abuse.
That said, I think hiking boots are a bit overkill for most people. Salomon, Merrell and Keen make comfortable outdoors shoes. They won't last as long as a traditional boot, but they're also more versatile and cheaper.
Ive worn Belleville hot weather 8" everyday for 6 months or so. They were a pain during break in period(took about 50hrs standing at work. Maybe less), but god they are the most comfortable boots ive ever worn in my life. I like the 8" because of ankle support and load bearing. A solid sole can be annoying at first, but is a lot better when carrying a pack.