Under Armour Valsetz RTS Tactical Boot Review


Under Armour Valsetz RTS Tactical Boot

I worked on the review of these Under Armour Valsetz RTS Tactical Boots with James Menta of SoleLabz.com, where his team tests and reviews hiking and tactical footwear. James offers the following thoughts on Under Armour and the Valsetz RTS Tactical Boots.

A word about Under Armour (UA).  What we now know as an established brand of footwear (from running to combat and tactical) started with a simple thought of one Kevin Plank, who is the founder of UA. In 1995, he was a football player and just wanted a more comfortable T-shirt, so he started his own company to make one.  It was only uphill from there. In 2006, UA officialy started making footwear and today, they are manufacturing some of the best hiking and tactical boots in the world.  The Valsetz RTS boots we are reviewing today are one of those models.

What is under Under Armour saying about the Valsetz RTS?

Under Armour is listing quite a few strong sides of the boots as advantages over the competition, with its main forte being the upper of the boot that’s designed to be resistant to water, very light and yet durable.  The perimeter of the foot is made to be resistant to abrasions by using a mixture of textile and leather. They list a few patented technologies and materials that are supposed to make the Valsetz unparalleled in absorbing shocks, comfy landings and “locked foot” experience.  In the specs below, they talk about, TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) shank, Molded Ortholite used in the sockliner, special anti-odor materials, the midsole made of compressed EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate)…
All these terms don’t say much to the average user until you slip them on and they touch the ground.
That’s where the real scrutiny starts. So, let’s do it.

Valsets Sole

Under Armour Valsetz RTS Specifications:

The Under Armour website provides the following info about these boots:
  • UA ClutchFit™ technology wraps your ankle with a lightweight “second skin” for powerful support & incredible feel
  • Synthetic leather & textile upper with welded, abrasion-resistant film around the perimeter of the foot
  • Full-length Micro G® foam turns cushioned landings into explosive takeoffs
  • Lightweight TPU shank for mid-foot support & the right amount of rigidity
  • Molded Ortholite® sockliner is designed with a memory foam top & PU base
  • Low-profile rubber lug sole
  • TPU toe cap
  • Height: 7”
  • Imported


JJ’s Thoughts About The Under Armour Valsetz RTS Tactical Boot:

In the video above I do a quick review of the Under Armour Valsetz Tactical/hiking boot.  As previously mentioned I worked with James at at Sole Labz who sent these boots out to review.  SoleLabz.com is an excellent resource for doing market research and getting useful information on footwear before you buy!
All in all I think these UA Valsetz RTS boots are a great buy for the money! They are extremely comfortable.  The sizes run just about perfect for boots, just slightly oversized but not too much.  Perfect for wearing with a good thick pair of wool socks. These boots provide great support and are amazingly light weight.  At about 15 ounces you barely notice you are wearing anything at all.  While hiking around the woods I felt that these boots provided excellent support but still had great flexibility in the sole to allow for increased maneuverability and comfort.
As I showed in the video these boots were totally waterproof for me during the demo.  However, the UA website only bills them as “Water Resistant”.  But with the lightweight and water resistant materials they are made of even if you do get some water penetration (which I never did) it is going to surely dry out very quickly.
The only suggestions for improvement that I have for these boots are two fold.  First, the tread patter provides excellent traction in all conditions.  But it is almost too good because the tread holds dirt in and won’t let go.  So when you come in the house after walking around outside you will likely be dropping small chunks of dirt behind you.  I am not sure of a good remedy for this issue and it is a relatively small issue but I felt it was worth mentioning.  The second minor issue is that I wish the top pair of bootlaces was about 1/4 of an inch lower on the boot upper.  This would give a little more room for the tied laces to lay and probably be a touch more comfy as well.
Overall these boots are extremely comfortable and they appear to be quite durable as well.  Though only time will tell in that regard so be sure to sign up for email updates in the right side bar so you can catch the updated review in the future! I give these boots a solid 9 out of 10 Stars and feel like they are worth every penny of the $119.00 MSRP cost.  If you can catch them cheaper than that you are getting a steal!

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5 thoughts on “Under Armour Valsetz RTS Tactical Boot Review

  1. Yes, It is a lot like a shoe but you do still get some of the support from a boot. Clearly not as much as a full leather boot, but still not bad for everyday wear.

  2. Thanks for the review! Found the review and the video especially helpful. I was leaning toward a new pair of Danner’s but this gave me something to think about. They are half the price after all.

    Do you have any experience with the Nike equivalents in the tactical/hiking space?


  3. These are much more light duty compared to an all leather Danner boot. Nope I haven’t used the Nike’s boot at all. Hadn’t even heard of them to be honest. But hey, you got your link up so that is all that matters! 🙂

  4. Hey thanks for the review. I need a suggestion,

    Next month, I will be going on a day hike, but I don’t own hiking boots. In the warmer weather when I’m on park trails it’s VFFs or barefoot. I do own a pair of these Bates 8-in side zip tactical boots for my fire safety courses. It seems many of the requirements for our footwear translates to the hiking boot, such as protection from the elements, grip, and comfort, so I’m unsure if I should be worried about wearing them for a hike or not.

    Thanks in advance!
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