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Announcing the Salomon Forces Range

Monday, November 24th, 2014

We’ve been chomping at the bit to tell you about the upcoming Salomon Forces Range. Coming Spring 2015, this new line is focused specifically on the the same folks that read SSD. Military and LE professionals have been wearing Salomons for years thanks in part, to the hard work of the team at Über Group. Now, Salomon is concentrating its efforts to provide the colors and styles you need. We’ve even given you a sneak peek of prototypes of the kinds of footwear you’ll be seeing with this launch.



Salomon was born in the French Alps in 1947, with a passion for mountain sport progression and product development. And while it has grown into a global leader in mountain and outdoor sports markets, its dedication to quality, innovation and craftsmanship reflect the progressive mountain heritage that remains at its heart. With countless patented innovations and iconic products from skiing to hiking to trail running, the Salomon brand has become synonymous with mountain sports progression.

For 20 years, Salomon innovations have revolutionized the footwear market. Building upon its mountain heritage, Salomon has developed these innovations through experience in hiking, adventure racing, and trail running. As more and more militaries are already wearing the Salomon shoes, the brand decided to bring their iconic fit and performance to products dedicated to the specific needs of military, safety, and law enforcement professionals.

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Soldiers and professionals need dedicated equipment to operate in hostile environments, beginning with footwear. In addition to year-round comfort, outstanding traction in changing terrain, footwear for military and law enforcement must be stable, durable enough for intense conditions, and provide complete weather protection. Salomon’s line of Forces Footwear for 2015 includes specific versions of some of our highest performance models, dedicated to the needs of professionals in the field.

Combat Flipflops – The ‘AR’ Pre-Order

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014


Combat Flipflops currently has the ‘AR’ Flop available for pre-order on their website.

Putting the “Combat” Back in Combat Boots

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

In addition to the announcement that US Army is transitioning to Coyote colored boots, they’ve made another revelation.

It looks like SMA Chandler’s crusade to police up the Army’s boots is going to affect the Coyote swap. Although no details have been released, all new Coyote styles in Coyote color sold through AAFES will have to meet as-yet-published performance guidelines under the new UQCP for Uniform Quality Control Program.

The concept is that any optional wear footwear will have to be submitted for evaluation and then carry an “approval”. The intent is noble; any footwear a Soldier wears should be able to live up to its name of Combat Boots. In short, no more garrison boots.

Obviously, details are scarce. The real question is if this is going to hurt or help Berry compliant producers. On one hand they will be the only ones getting the certification. This assuredly won’t be offered to non-Berry boots. On the other, we know that offshore boots will continue to be sold and worn without the additional cost associated with the certification.

Coyote Boots It Is! US Army to Change Boot Color Beginning in May

Monday, November 10th, 2014

At the recent DoD footwear meeting Army and DLA informed the companies that supply footwear about their intent to change the boot color from the current desert tan to Coyote which will work better with the new Operational Camouflage Pattern.

Contracts for issue boots are being modified and you should start seeing these available through Clothing Sales in May to coincide with OCP ACU availability. A wearout date for the current tan color has not been formally announced but is expected to be o/a 30 September, 2018.

Vans Syndicate DEFCON – Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro “S” In MAS Grey

Monday, November 10th, 2014


DEFCON has just released details on their upcoming shoe collaboration with Vans and London Bridge Trading, Inc. This new limited edition variant of the Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro “S” features premium pig suede, MAS Grey ballistic textiles, and a rugged reverse waffle tread outsole.

MAS Grey has a dark grey-green hue, and was first applied to USSOCOM’s FR Dry Suit, used by US Navy SEALs. Later, LBT load bearing systems and armor carriers in this color.


The Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro “S” will be available exclusively from Vans Syndicate retailers starting November 15th.

The History Of The Vans DEFCON Syndicate Brand

Sunday, November 9th, 2014


On the official Vans Syndicate blog, Vans has released a history of the DEFCON brand. DEFCON is a frequent collaborator with Vans Syndicate. They started their camouflage shoes packs in the mid 2000s and were the first in footwear to work with Crye Precision directly for a MultiCam shoe. We’ve covered their AOR-inspired camouflage shoes in the past. Check out the post through the link below. It’s a pretty good read, and you get to see a few images of their releases through the years.

Also, from what we’ve heard, there’s a brand-new limited edition shoe coming out under the DEFCON line. What could it possibly be? Stay tuned for further details!

Salomon S-LAB

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Here we get to take a look inside Salomon’s Skunkworx shop, also known as S-LAB, where they develop their highest-quality products.

PenCott Boots from Helikon-Tex

Monday, October 27th, 2014


Helikon-Tex introduces PenCott GreenZone versions of the Mojave desert boot this week.

Combat Boots, They’re Made For Combat

Monday, October 20th, 2014

From our friends at Do You Even Airborne Bro?

AUSA – Rocky Updates Jungle Boot

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Based on feedback from the field, Rocky has updated their Jungle Boot, introduced about 18 months ago.


In addition to the no-snag lacing they introduced last year, they’ve replaced the 550 cord laces with FR laces that don’t absorb water.


They also slightly modified the balance of Cordura and leather area coverage to enhance breathability and they’ve incorporated a more durable ankle reinforcement.


The biggest upgrade is in the sole. The older sole is on the left and the new model which incorporates a distinct heel is on the right. They also depended the lugs and made the gaps wider to more easily deal with mud.