Reebok Sublite Tactical vs. Under Armour Valsetz RTS

October 06, 2017

When it comes to choosing a good pair of duty boots, the choices can be overwhelming. So many brands and fancy language to describe them, when what you really want to know is what’s the best option for you and your work duties.

So, let’s take a look at two duty boot options – the Reebok Sublite Tactical and the Under Armour Valsetz RTS. We’ll tell you about the highlights of each and who stands to benefit the most, thus helping you decide which choice suits you best.

Reebok Cushion Sublite Tactical

Characteristics include:

  • Full-foot flex grooves
  • MemoryTech massage footbed
  • Sublite cushion midsole
  • Electrical hazard protection
  • Airport friendly
  • Waterproof

Under Armour Valsetz RTS

Characteristics include:

  • Under Armour ClutchFit ankle support system
  • Welded PU film for abrasion resistance
  • Orothlite molded anti-microbial sockliner
  • TPU shank for torsional rigidity

Both of these duty boots are great and offer much in the way of comfort and support. They’re lightweight – the Reebok boot even incorporates that in the name, Sublite – making them perfect if you’re on your feet all day, or especially if you’re in situations where you need to run like foot pursuits, including chasing suspects, jumping fences, and climbing walls.

These boots are similar in many aspects, so then what sets each one apart and who does that benefit?

The Under Armour Valsetz RTS offers superior comfort and support by way of its patented UA ClutchFit ankle support system which contours to your foot and ankle, as well as an Ultralight Micro G EVA midsole for maximum comfort. You get the stability and quality of a great duty boot, but with a sneaker feel.

The Valsetz RTS is beneficial if you tend to work in hot weather environments, such as places out west like Arizona, New Mexico, and California, or if you’re overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Under Armour’s design and mesh panels breathe better than its Reebok counterpart does, and users say you can even feel the wind on your feet, providing a cooling effect.

The Under Armour’s synthetic leather and Orothlite molded anti-microbial sockliner do a phenomenal job of not retaining moisture, therefore the boot doesn’t accumulate nasty odors, and you can wear them all week long and they won’t stink.

Despite its lightweight and overall comfort, the Reebok Sublite Tactical tends to have a stiff and rigid sole, which can be uncomfortable when first wearing the boot. They take longer to break in than the UA Valsetz RTS.

However, when it comes to durability, the Reebok outshines the Under Armour. Users praise the Reebok’s durability and toughness, and you’re likely to get a couple of years out of them if properly taken care of. Conversely, users say the Under Armour boots tend to come apart quicker, and you may only get three to eight good months out of them.

With both in the $110 – $130 price range, they each have their uses and positive attributes, and your decision will come down to their features and the attributes that fit your daily situation. The price of the Under Armour Valsetz RTS is fair and in line with other similar boots, including the Reebok Sublite Tactical, however the quality isn’t quite on par with the Reebok, so the price you pay for the quality you get should certainly be taken into account.

Recommendation

You can’t go wrong with either pair. Both duty boots offer comfort, support, traction, and a professional look. When comparing two great options, the differences are subtle and the choice is personal, primarily based on your occupation and daily activities.

Firefighters

Because your job requires you to act in hot temperatures, the Under Armour Valsetz RTS is your go-to boot. It provides the most breathability which is important to keep you and your feet cool when the heat is on.

Police Officers

As the first line of law enforcement, chances are you spend a majority of your day on your feet, so you need a boot that provides maximum comfort. If your daily activities include chasing down bad guys and apprehending suspects, then you also need a boot that’s lightweight and allows you to be as quick as you can. The Reebok Sublite Tactical fits the bill and is the way to go to keep you up and running at a moment’s notice.

Military

If you’re one of our brave men or women being deployed to hot, desert regions like Iraq or Afghanistan, you want a tactical boot that keeps your feet cool. With its breathable mesh panels, the Under Armour Valsetz RTS offers maximum coolness and comfort so you can stay cool under pressure.

Whichever boot you pick, remember to take good care of it and it will take good care of you.


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