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Hoka One One – Tor Ultra Hi WP in Oxford Tan

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

SSD friend Jon C ran across these TOR Ultra Hi WP in Oxford Tan from Hoka One One at Riverjacks in Southern Pines, near Fort Bragg. I’d seen them before at outdoor shops but they had this crazy flame paintjob which sent me running. The brand didn’t present itself as “tactical” so these were quite a surprise.

The TOR ULtra Hi WP incorprates this ultra thick Vibram MegaGrip outsole rubber combines with a midsole blend of EVA and RMAT material. Their design utilizes the Meta-Rocker geometry in the midsole which they say encourage forward movement. The upper is leather and nylon with eVent waterproofing.

Here’s a shot of the tread.

The boot is also offered in Black as well as civilian color schemes.


Post SHOT Show Wrapup – Lowa Task Force

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Lowa Task Force had a couple of things worth checking out. First up were these samples of the Innox Evo (Non-Gore-Tex) in tactical colors. They are from Lowa’s commercial line (in different colors), but they had them at the show to gage interest.

Seen here are the Z-8S GTX and the Zephyr High GTX. While the color is a bit washed out due to the lighting, Lowa has introduced two models in Coyote-OP for wear with US uniforms. As there is already a Coyote color in the Task Force line, the new US color is Coyote-OP.


Rangers vs. Sharks: Combat Flip Flops Heads Into The Shark Tank Friday, February 5th

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016


Issaquah, WA – After nearly four years of crushing the multiple roadblocks to manufacturing peace through trade while simultaneously creating economic solutions for those affected by conflict, Combat Flip Flops is ready for its next mission—swimming with the sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank.

Get ready for a wild ride when Griff & Lee, two of Combat Flip Flops’ owners and former Army Rangers, enter the tank. Think you’ve seen drama in the tank before? Think you know how it’s going to end? Watch Friday, February 5th at 9 PM EST on ABC as Griff & Lee show the Sharks that manufacturing in war zones can do good and be profitable.

“We’re stoked to bring the Combat Flip Flops mission to the tank,” said Matthew ‘Griff’ Griffin, Combat Flip Flops’ CEO & co-founder. Every Shark has the ability to expand the mission, inspire new recruits to join the Unarmed Forces, and manufacture peace through trade. Over the past few years, we’ve survived deadly encounters to create an opportunity like this. Attack Dogs. Raging Bulls. If we need to jump in the water with Sharks, then it’s time to grab the mask and fins.”

“We’ve all seen and heard Shark Tank success stories,” said Donald Lee, Combat Flip Flops’ CMO & co-founder. “We set our minds to getting on the show and in true Ranger fashion, we accomplished the objective. We hope this is the catalyst our company needs to provide large scale, peaceful, sustainable change in areas of conflict.”

In 2015, Combat Flip Flops’ sales increased 150% over 2014 while the company donated over 60 years of school to Afghan girls and cleared 1533 square meters of land mines in Laos, keeping kids and all villagers safer. Through its Unarmed Forces, the brand has spread stoke and empowered mindful consumers to make a difference.

To keep up with Combat Flip Flops and learn more, please visit www.combatflipflops.com. For sales inquiries, please contact Matthew Griffin, griff@combatflipflops.com.

SHOT Show – Reebok Spearhead US

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

This coyote boot from Reebok hits AAFES this month.  This AR 670-1 compliant boot features a Vibram Crossbow outsole with aggressive traction, 90 deg heal for stopping power and locking into ladders, fast rope bar (lateral and medial) as well as a 360 degree stitch around the outsole.  Additionally, there are water drain holes on the instep.  Made from genuine cowhide leather as well as a very cushy polyurethane footbed with gel heel cup.  Finally, it uses NATO speed laces.  


Reebok and the Makers of GORE-TEX Fabric Have Reinvented the Hot Weather Boot

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Manufacturers of quality military and tactical footwear and exclusive licensee for Reebok military and tactical boots, and W. L. Gore & Associates, inventor of GORE-TEX® fabric, recently announced a new line of waterproof military and tactical footwear for hot weather, the Reebok KRIOS Series.   
Made in the U.S.A., the new Reebok KRIOS is the only tactical boot that keeps feet cool and comfortable in hot environments and dry in wet conditions. 

“This is a new GORE-TEX® footwear technology from Gore,” says Bill Candy, Product Manager at Gore. “GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Technology provides unrivaled breathability in hot weather and has been proven in lab tests to keep feet cool and comfortable in hot weather.”

“We’ve been collaborating for years with Gore to develop and test this product,” says John Duvic, Warson Brands Corporate VP of Product Development. “Our goal was to construct a waterproof, lightweight boot that is comfortable in hot conditions and strong enough for heavy duty use; the Reebok KRIOS achieves that goal.”  

Fused protective layers reduce bulk, minimize absorption, and dry quickly, preventing added weight in wet conditions. The KRIOS’S construction results in a boot that absorbs 90% less water when compared to non-waterproof boots.

The KRIOS is built to thrive under the harshest conditions demanded by military and tactical duty professionals. The MeraMAX® outsole provides four times the abrasion resistance of rubber. This, plus a rugged nylon and leather outer shell, and GORE-TEX® exoskeleton, means every layer of the KRIOS is built to last.  

The new Reebok KRIOS Series is available in an 8-inch mil-spec boot in desert tan, black, sage green, and coyote. Features include a speed lacing system and electrical hazard protection.  

Reebok military and tactical footwear is available now through select duty uniform retailers throughout the United States. For more information about the Reebok KRIOS, visit ReebokWork.com/KRIOS.

Bill Mills, President, Jim Maritz, CEO, and Warson Brands sales and product development teams will be available at SHOT Show booth 10179 in Las Vegas Jan. 19-22 to demonstrate the KRIOS and answer any questions.  


Bates Footwear To Introduce PowerSports Line At 2016 SHOT Show

Sunday, January 17th, 2016


Rockford, MI – January 14, 2016 – Bates Footwear, a recognized leader in military and first responder footwear, is heading to the NSSF SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 19-22. Following a successful launch to the motorcycle market at AIMExpo 2015 in Orlando, Bates will be introducing their new PowerSports line to the shooting, hunting and outdoor enthusiast market for the first time.


“We are thrilled to be showing our PowerSports footwear at the NSSF SHOT Show this year,” said Bates Footwear Marketing Director Julie McCauley. “There is a lot of crossover between this market and the motorcycle market, and we want to take this opportunity to introduce our PowerSports line to some consumers who might be more familiar with our tactical or dress products.”


Bates Footwear enjoys a proud 130-year heritage of manufacturing footwear from combat boots to formal dress shoes for the United States Armed Forces. The world’s most demanding consumers require footwear that offers protection, performance and all-day comfort, and it is this foundation that paved the way for Bates Footwear’s entry into the PowerSports industry.

Visit BatesFootwear.com to learn more about the Bates Footwear PowerSports line.

Salomon Forces At SHOT Show

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

The new Salomon Forces line will be at SHOT Show in the Toscana 3610 room.  Be sure to schedule your appointment through Über Group, Salomon or AmerSports.

Altama Introduces Jungle II Boot at SHOT Show

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Altama listened to wearers of the classic US military jungle boot. As they worked to improve the boot, they concentrated in materials and kept the classic design. The resulting Jungle II boot improves areas of water absorption, puncture resistance, and comfort. They worked with US leather tanneries to significantly reduce the amount of water that is absorbed through the leather and replaced the steel plate with PunctureX material so now it covers the whole foot without any gaps. They also created a cushion-like midsole through a unique Dual Density Rubber (DDR) lasting. This process allows them to keep the rigid outsole but add comfort to the foot.


This video shows how it’s done.

So far I’ve seen Black and OD. Hoping for a Coyote model.