Rocky Work Boots Men’s 8 Inch S2v 101 Review

By tim / March 5, 2017
Rocky Men’s 8 Inch S2v 101 Work Boot

Built to last, Rocky Men’s S2v Work Boots are the definition of durability, reliability and strength. The work boots are made with military-grade precision and designed with the toughest environments in mind.

Every single feature sported by these boots is state-of-the-art. From the vibram sole to the superfabric instep panels, everything’s top notch. The boots are built for people who spend most of their work-hours, in remote fields where getting injured is simply not an option.

  • Budget friendly in comparison to brands such as  Danner & Under Armor
  • Flame resistant
  • Rocky Air-Port Cushion Footbed
  • Drainage Vents to neutralize moisture
  • Squeaks during the break-in period
  • No steel-toe

Key Features

These work-boots are a hybrid between work & military standard. Though they lack some of the features of a work-boot, i.e. steel toe, they have excellent strength. With some of the best proprietary features, these boots can easily become a permanent, long-lasting choice for workers.

Please take a look at the following features:

  • Flesh-out cattle hide leather
  • Rubber outsole
  • 1,000 Denier Cordura ® in sides & panels for flame resistance
  • Able to withstand rigorous abuse, equivalent to that of sea & land warfare
  • Wicking dri-lex lining & stretch lycra for strong grip at all times
  • 8” shaft height & 1.5” heel for extended usage in all environments
  • Superfabric instep ensures protection from early boot failure due to rope burn
  • High-walled vibram soles with airport cushion footbeds for comfort during long hours
  • Drainage vents move water out and prevent debris from settling in
  • Advanced s2v sieve technology circulates air in & water out
  • Anti-microbial layer prevents bacteria & fungus growth, extending lifetime
  • AR-670-1 Uniform Compliant


    The work boots are available in two colors, both extremely sturdy, yet easy to clean. The design is combat-ready, and the boots only require a week or two to set in. The break-in period has been reported to be problematic for some people, however after that it’s all bliss!

    Rocky Men’s 8 Inch S2v 101 Work Boot - Detailed Review 

    Time to take a closer look at one of the best work boots on the market and examine their standing as per Design, Comfort, Safety & Durability.


    Apart from introducing new technologies within their existing designs, Rocky has altered its traditional design only for the better. The boot is well-designed and packs an aggressive, sturdy first impression.

    Made of flesh-out cattle hide leather the boots come in two colors, i.e. Desert Tan and a combination of tans. Both these colors are eye-catching and enough to alert anyone of your presence.

    The total shaft measures 9” from the arch, which can be used to tuck in your jeans, pants, etc. enunciating their raw power. The boots are not only suitable for workers, but can also be used by security-personnel, as they are AR 670-1 uniform compliant.


    The boots fit well, period. With almost a dozen new designs out there every month, the work-boot market is quite saturated. Rocky however has stuck to its tradition and has managed to produce very comfy work-boots. The boots are snug, even if there’s extra room at your toes and provides a complete grip.

    They are not only great at holding your feet but great at keeping them dry as well. The drainage vents offer top-breathability, allowing water to move out and air to move in at times. This makes them a top choice for long-workers.

    The boots however are cozy & warm, and won’t let your feet freeze at any times. They are made for the harshest of environment, and keep both safety & comfort side by side.

    The only problem reported regarding these boots is during the break-in period where some people have experienced rigidness around the ankles. However, this will last only for a week, so no need to get this on your nerves.


    The boots are made from flash & water resistant leather providing top-of-the-line protection in all environments. The heels are 1.5” while the shaft is another 8”. These two features give you an edge in hazardous environments, especially in jungles and construction sites.

    The instep panels are made from SuperFabric which protect the boots from failing out of rope burn. Furthermore, there 1000 Denier Cordura on the Sides & Panels provide flame-resistance as well. So, in effect, these boots are an all-rounder and settle all equations.


    In addition to providing safety from external elements, the boots are great at longevity as well. The first & foremost feature after the build is their wicking dri-lex lining along with an Aegis Microbe shield. This protects both your feet as well as the boots from rotting away.

    The drainage vents prevent debris from entering in the boots, and protect the inner side from blockages.

    Suitable For

    The boots are built for both industrial activities as well as military ones. Made out of military grade material, while offering work-comfort is a synergetic feature that’s hard to come across. Therefore, these boots are suitable for military-contractors and field workers including, civil engineers, technicians and remote-area workers.

    How does this model compare to:

    Competition #1: Oakely Men’s Light Assault 2 Boots

    Offer greater customizability and lower price tag for almost the same number of features.

    Competition #2: Garmont T8 Bifida Tactical Boot

    Made specifically for wet-conditions. The quick-dry materials and superior ventilation technology given them an edge over Rocky Men’s Work Boots.

    Competition #3: UA Valsetz Side Zip Boots

    The boots are extremely light-weight, and have an inner feel comparable to that of sneakers.

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