5.11 Tactical Evo 8″ Waterproof EMT EMS Boot with Sidezip

5.11 Evo Waterproof 8-inch emt boot
My every other day EMT boot. I like the side zip. Quality is OK.

Video Review

The 5.11 Tactical Evo 8″ Waterproof Boot with Sidezip is in my daily rotation for my day shifts as an EMT. It’s a solid feeling boot, that is comfortable, and makes you feel confident during your shift without thinking at all about your feet. I found myself not overheating in it during 95-degree days, which is a great plus for a “waterproof” boot like this.

Using these boots as an EMT

For an everyday boot, this is a solid pick. It’s lighter then some of it’s sibling 5.11 Boots. I tried on the 5.11 Shield A.T.A.C and it just felt too heavy. The Evo is a nice lightweight pick that still makes me feel comfortable on any type of call, out on the highway at an accident scene or running around the ER.


  • Side zip makes getting in and out of the boot quicker
  • Not heavy
  • Comfortable yet you feel protected in this boot


  • Made in Bangledesh
  • Material in boot upper fraying after 6 months of light use
  • Doesn’t feel like a high end boot

Materials in the boot

  • Leather and Textile
  • Imported, not made in the USA. Made in Bangledesh.
  • Synthetic sole
  • Polishable full grain leather and 1200D nylon is waterproof and bloodborne pathogen resistant

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