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SHOT Show – Propper Introduces AR 670-1 Compliant Boot

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Propper International has launched an entire line of duty footwear comprised of three series with two styles each. Primarily we are concerned with Series 300 which includes waterproof and hot weather versions. Both are AR 670-1 compliant and Berry Compliant to mil-spec.

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Made from full grain flesh out cowhide and 1000D Cordura, they’ve also incorporated a slip and oil resistant Vibram Outsole. This sole incorporates V40 technology for braking during fast roping.

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Propper has put a lot into the sole system of the Series 300, working for two years to perfect the boot according to Pavan Singh, footwear consultant to Propper. The entire line is built on a consistent US last so that no matter which Series you choose, you’ll use the same size boot. Cushioning is provided by a poly ethylene compound in the mid-sole which works in conjunction with Polyethylene stability plate. The anatomical athletic footbed is designed specifically to provide arch support which is combined with a separate sizing insole which works as a lift or wedge to further customize fit.

The boot is lined with Dri-Lex and offers two drain holes along the instep for the Hot Weather model while the Waterproof version is also lined with GORE-TEX. The Series 300 boots feature NATO speed lacing and Aegis anti-microbial lining.

Look for the Series 300 boot to hit shelves before the fiscal clock rolls over at that end of September, just in time to wear these Coyote boots with your new OCP ACUs. This is a good looking boot and I was impressed by the out of the box cushion I experienced while briefly trying them out. There is plenty of room in the tow box for me yet my heel wasn’t swimming in the cup.

www.propper.com

SHOT Show – Reebok / WL Gore Launches KRIOS Boot

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Warson Brands, exclusive licensee of Reebok military and tactical boots, has partnered with W. L. Gore & Associates to offer the first Berry complaint military footwear with Extended Comfort Texhnology.

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Warson Brands has been manufacturing footwear since 1989 and has provided Reebok brand occupational and safety footwear and duty uniform footwear which includes military since 2013.

In addition to the GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Technology, the Reebok KRIOS incorporates the MeraMAX polyurethane outsole which is lighter weight and four times more abrasion resistant than rubber.

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Additionally, Warson had the foresight to offer the KRIOS in all four current military boot colors. Tan will be available initially this Spring followed shortly by Sage with Black and Coyote next. Naturally, the Black color has a polishable toe and will be great for LE and public safety professionals.

But the real interesting stuff is in the inside. The Extended Comfort Technology is a different Gore-Tex “recipe” than you are probably familiar with. It’s meant for hot weather. That’s right, no more sweaty feet in the Summer. Your feet can remain dry in hot, wet weather. This is because, it’s right up against the outside of the boot with the membrane and the exterior Cordura fused together. The boot isn’t packed with extra material that will absorb sweat and heat up your foot. What’s more, the KRIOS absorbs 90% less water than non-waterproof boots. This is because the membrane is right up against the outer shell of the boot and means that it will dry much faster.

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I want to point out that this is an AR 670-1 compliant boot and will be available just in time for this Summer’s hot weather. Dealers should contact Warson Brands at 877-753-2426. For additional information, visit www.reebokwork.com/krios.

ADS TV Present – By Our Hands – Stories of American Industry – Rocky Boots

Friday, January 16th, 2015

ADS TV presents the latest episode of “By Our Hands – Stories of American Industry” as they take you into Rocky Boots. “By Our Hands” is a behind-the-scenes look at the people and culture of American manufacturers who support of U.S. Military, Law Enforcement, and First Responders.

At SHOT Show be sure to stop by ADS Booth #20415, Rocky Brands Booth # 11340.

Lowa Innox GTX Mid

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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Sneak Peek – Lalo Grinder

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Meet a Special Make Up version of the Lalo Grinder in “Lalocam” a proprietary pattern so far restricted to a military customer.

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Featuring a Super Fabric toe cap, the 6.2 oz Grinder is a Cross Trainer model with 4mm drop.

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Standard colors ship March 1st.

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www.lalotactical.com

SSD Exclusive – Salomon FORCES Footwear Lineup

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

SALOMON FORCES SS15 FOOTWEAR RANGE

Here are the first official photos of the inaugural 2015 SALOMON FORCES range, designed specifically for military and law enforcement.

Based on end-user demand in Europe and the USA, the French company Salomon developed a new segment of footwear products for professional customers.

Based on popular, existing models that have already proven their mettle during hard missions over the span of multiple deployments, Salomon has adjusted a few features to make them even more appealing for FORCES customers.

Closed-hooks, gusseted tongues, murdered-out and tan colorways are the primary features they’ve integrated into the new line. But they haven’t stopped there. Salomon is applying over 20 years of footwear expertise into the continued development of FORCES for the foreseeable future.

The very Salomon line was created for extreme winter sports. They have been built to withstand extreme cold weather in mountainous conditions. Turns out, they are also well suited for load-carriage during fast movements during recce and direct action missions. But now, they’ve increased the brand’s versatility across more environments by offering the choice of shoes with or without Gore-Tex membrane.

Thus far, the FORCES line consists of 14 articles that will enhance the performance of tactical law enforcement and military end-users everywhere.

TOUNDRA MID WP

Toundra

Salomon’s warmest winter boot for extreme environments. Keeps feet warm to -40C/-40F in a lightweight, drive-ready, durable and flexible boot, featuring NASA approved Aspen Aerogel insulation technology, and sole lug pattern designed for snow and ice.

352 959 Asphalt / Black / Black 

QUEST 4D GTX FORCES

Quest 4D GTX

With a Gore-Tex membrane and a stable 4D chassis, the QUEST 4D GTX FORCES gives you the support and grip of a mountain boot, but still has the flexibility to take a knee or sprint to the target in tough conditions.

373 478 Black / Black / Black, also available in Navajo / Navajo / Navajo

QUEST 4D FORCES

Quest 4D

The new QUEST 4D FORCES is the choice for full mission profile with closed lace eyelets for MFF and Fast Rope. 4D Chassis gives you the support of a mountain boot, but still has the flexibility to take a knee or sprint to the target.

373 482 Navajo / Navajo / Navajo, also available in Black / Black / Black

XA PRO 3D MID GTX FORCES 2

XA PRO 3D MID GTX

Mid height and, fully waterproof with a GORE-TEX membrane, the XA PRO 3D MID GTX FORCES lets you focus on the mission, not your feet. This bad weather assault boot provides ankle protection, underfoot stiffness, and fast, comfortable lacing system for great fit.

373 485 Iguana Green / Dark Khaki / Iguana Green, also available in Black / Black / Black

XA PRO 3D MID FORCES

XA PRO 3D MID

An Ideal hot weather assault boot, XA PRO 3D MID FORCES provides underfoot stability and ankle protection, with a breathable mesh upper and Quicklace system. Comfort and confidence for the entire mission.

373 487 Navajo / Navajo / Navajo, also available in Black / Black / Asphalt

XA PRO 3D GTX FORCES

XA PRO 3D GTX 

This low cut, weatherproof adventure shoe has a stable, protective 3D Chassis and GORE-TEX upper for all-weather comfort even when you step out of your vehicle. Goes from gym to mission to hot wash.

373 488 Black / Black / Asphalt, also available in Camo / Iguana Green / Black

XA PRO 3D FORCES

XA PRO 3D

This low cut, weatherproof adventure shoe has a stable, protective 3D Chassis and GORE-TEX upper for all-weather comfort even when you step out of your vehicle. Goes from gym to mission to hot wash.

373 487 Navajo / Navajo / Navajo, also available in Black / Autobahn / Black

SPEEDCROSS 3 FORCES

Speedcross 3 

Salomon’s Iconic SpeedCross Trail running shoes feature lightweight and precise fit, with aggressive grip in all conditions. Ideal for training and fast assaults in mud, wet, and snowy conditions.

373 487 Black / Black / Autobahn

www.salomon.com/us

Donate Your Used Boots to the ANA Commandos

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Although the war is over for the majority of Americans, it wages on for the Afghan National Army and their advisors.

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Advisors we know have been telling us about the state of the Commandos’ footwear.

There was this one mission where we were going in at night to clear some checkpoints that the Taliban had raided. We were stacked tightly with our Afghan partners in a helicopter, late at night. It was probably only about 25 degrees or so. You could just barely make out the white capped mountain peaks as we skipped through the valleys. Snow and ice patches littered the LZ. I looked down to make sure that the laces on my cold weather boots were still tight, and that’s when I noticed that the two dudes in front of me had on plastic shoes and the guy next to him had taped the soles of his boots to his uppers. There were several other Afghan Soldiers with similar footwear. It didn’t matter how cold I got on that mission because I knew that those dudes were colder and probably tougher. Period.

The ANA Commandos are generally well equipped but their boots aren’t built to our standards and many of them are wearing footwear that is taped back together as well as running shoes, flip flops and even plastic shoes purchased at the market. This is making it difficult for them to make movements over rough terrain.

It’s tough to kick doors when you’re wearing flip flops. They need gently worn desert and mountain boots in sizes 7-10 to help get these guys back in the fight.

Tactical Tailor has agreed to accept the boots and transship them to their recipients in the ANA.

Tactical Tailor
ANA Boots
2916 107 ST S
Lakewood, WA 98499

Reebok – Limited Edition Dauntless Ultra Light In Kryptek Typhon

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Reebok, in partnership with Warson Brands, has released a Limited Edition Kryptek Typhon variant of their new Dauntless Ultra Light boot, which will be displayed at their SHOT #10179. The boot is being sold at www.reebokwork.com/291/Reebok-Dauntless-Kryptek-RB8722. The full release can be read below:

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Reebok athletic technology takes tactical footwear to the next level
See the new Reebok Dauntless Ultra-Light Series at booth #10179

St. Louis, MO (November, 2014) – Warson Brands, manufacturers of quality military and tactical footwear and exclusive licensee for Reebok military and tactical boots, recently announced a new line of Reebok branded tactical footwear, the Dauntless Ultra-Light Series.

“These boots are a perfect fusion of Reebok athletic technology and Warson’s tactical/military experience,” says Jimmy Maritz, Warson Product Innovations. “Seamless technology gives you upper support, flexibility, and a glove-like fit. And an injected EVA midsole adds stability and comfort while removing weight. That’s the athletic technology. All this is built on top of our long wearing Dauntless All-Terrain rubber outsole with 360-degree traction on any surface. These are high performance boots designed for the extreme demands of law enforcement and military use.”

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The Dauntless Ultra-Light Series is available in an 8-inch tactical boot, 5-inch athletic hiker — both with side zips — and in an athletic oxford. All black. They offer NATO laces, moisture wicking nylon mesh liner, removable injected EVA cushion insert, dual density rubber bottom, and lightweight injected EVA cushion midsole. They are 100% non-metallic. The athletic oxford has a TPU bruise plate which provides additional stability and protection on rocky terrain. Also available in coyote and limited edition Kryptek-Typhon camouflage.

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

Bill Mills, President, Jim Maritz, CEO, and Warson Brands sales and production teams will be available at their booth to answer any questions.

Supra x Rothco Project

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Shoe manufacturer Supra has teamed up with Rothco to produce special variants of the Stacks Vulc II and Vaider shoes, as well as a “medium transport bag” backpack.

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Stacks Vulc II

The Stacks Vulc II features a suede and ballistic fabric upper, both black, with gunmetal hardware and olive accents. The laces consist of black nylon rope with olive speckle. The interior is made of padded mesh with a shemagh tactical scarf pattern. The Stack Vulc II also features white foxing with Rothco heel scabs.

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Vaider

The Vaider features an olive drab ballistic fabric upper, with an embroidered black Velcro heel collar, olive drab hardware, and a traditional Vaider metal tongue slider. The interior is made of padded mesh with a shemagh tactical scarf pattern. The Vaider also features white foxing with Rothco heel scabs.

Rothco Supra Backpack
Supra x Rothco Backpack

The Supra x Rothco Medium Transport Backpack is made from black cotton canvas. It features multiple zippered storage compartments with a water repellent lining. The shoulder straps are padded, and the back consists of padded mesh for comfort and breathability. The backpack also comes with custom Supra and Rothco nametapes.

www.rothco.com/market/supra-rothco-limited-edition-collaboration

Sneak Peak – Salomon Forces Speedcross 3 In Black

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Speedcross 3

Here’s a sneak peak of the Speedcross 3 Forces shoe, part of the upcoming Salomon Forces line. The main changes to the Speedcross 3 for the Forces line includes the removal of all the reflective pieces of the shoe and the black/black/autobahn colorway which is more inclined for a tactical environment when compared to the standard variant.

Stay tuned for more info on this and other footwear in the Salomon Forces line.

www.salomon.com/us