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IWA 19 – Winter Overboot by 5.45 Design

Friday, March 8th, 2019

5.45 Design is a Russian company specializing in soldier systems. Not only do they manufacture clothing, helmets and armor, they also make small arms components. Everything I looked at was made in Russia from brand name materials and not only exhibited high quality, but were also well thought out.

At IWA they concentrated on clothing and helmets, but I wanted to share something that isn’t readily available from other manufacturers; their winter overboot. Insulated with Primaloft, it will take a wearer in a standard boot down to -10 deg C.

The step-in design extends up to the knee.

It features two shock cords at the ankle and one at the top for fit adjustment.

A zipper at the rear makes donning and doffing a simple affair.

On the sole is non slip material.

Enforce Tac 19 – LALO Tactical Rapid Assault

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

The boot was originally developed for a customer in Asia who wanted fast and light boot with the maritime sole but a high leg.

LALO showed the prototypes around and there was so much interest they decided to bring it into the line.

Look for it very soon in Black, Coyote and MultiCam in both this 8″ height as well as a 5″ upper.

Trade Act Compliant Salomon Forces Guardian Boots Available Soon

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Salomon is introducing Trade Agreements Act compliance to it’s three versions of the Guardian boot. That means they’ll be easier to procure.

Other than the country of origin, there are no changes to the Guardian. But it’s being joined by the Guardian-Wide with its wider fit. Additionally, there is now also the Guardian CWSP (ClimaSalomon WaterProof) which incorporates a waterproof/breathable lining.

Coyote in color and 8″ tall, the Guardian series conforms to footwear requirements of AR 670-1. They feature the Contragrip outsole and Energy Cell EVA molded midsole.

All three versions of the trade compliant Guardian will be in stock ready to ship mid-February 2019.

Salomon Forces are available from www.salomon.com or your favorite outfitter.

Merrell – Men’s Tremblant 8″ Polar Waterproof Ice+

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Features:
• Snow Plow full grain waterproof and salt resistant leather upper
• Conductor fleece lining
• M Select WARM 200 grams insulation
• Metal hook lacing system
• Nylon arch shank
• Kinetic Fit™ Base removable contoured insole for flexible support
• Molded EVA Midsole
• Vibram® Arctic Grip™ outsole provides unparalled traction on ice even in the most extreme winter conditions
• Shaft Height 15cm
• Heel Height 3.6cm
• Calf Circumference 29cm
• Weight: 2lb7oz / 556g

www.merrell.com/US/en/tremblant-8-inch-polar-waterproof-ice

SHOT Show 19 – Garmont Atlas

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

The new Atlas is an upgrade of the Bifida and will be available in Atlas, Atlas GTX and Atlas GTX Full Grain.

One change is that they’ve removed the cinch eyelet in the notch. Additionally, it has a new sole which is t as slippery when wet. Finally, the upper and eyelet leather is now one piece.

Don’t worry Bifida fans, it will still be available. Look for the Atlas later this year.

www.garmont.com

Original SWAT – Alpha Series – Where Tactical Meets Poweful

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

MORRISTOWN, TN – Original Footwear, the leading value-minded tactical footwear manufacturer, is proud to deliver designed and engineered for the next generation elite operators and service professionals – the Alpha Series.

Alpha Fury boots are not your typical line of tactical boots. These boots are equipped with a lightweight, dual density EVA midsole with shock absorption zone for fatigue control.

With the comfort and flexibility of an athletic shoe, the boot still maintains the tried and true reliability and functionality of a diligent tactical boot. Another key element of the Alpha series is our custom molded thermoplastic heel counter and toe box. This helps provide immediate ease and protection. This offers 3 different styles: The Alpha Fury 6-inch, The Alpha Fury 8-inch, and the Alpha Fury 8-inch side zip.

“We are so thrilled to be offering a new series like none before,” said Kevin Cole, Original S.W.A.T. CEO and product developer. “No competing product comes close in terms of features, agility and price. The Alpha boots are built for comfort and performance first. We removed the stitch construction in the forefoot to give you one of the lightest boots on the market while still retaining our known tactical boot protection.

Alpha Fury 6”                                                             

• Slip resistant outsole                       

• EVA midsole molded with nylon shank for superior support

• Quick drying polyester mesh and microfiber PU upper

• No stitch construction in forefoot area to create lightweight and flexibility

• Airport friendly construction

• Rapid-lace system for a faster, more snug fit

• Lightweight molded dual density EVA midsole with shock absorption zone for fatigue control

• Gusseted tongue to keep dirt and debris out

• Custom-molded thermoplastic heel counter and toe box for instant comfort and protection

Alpha Fury 8”

• Slip resistant rubber outsole      

• EVA midsole molded with nylon shank for superior support

• Quick drying polyester mesh and microfiber PU upper

• No stitch construction in forefoot area to create lightweight and flexibility

• Airport friendly construction

• Rapid-lace system for a faster, more snug fit

• Lightweight molded dual density EVA midsole with shock absorption zone for fatigue control

• Gusseted tongue to keep dirt and debris out

• Custom-molded thermoplastic heel counter and toe box for instant comfort and protection

Alpha Fury 8” Side-Zip

• Slip resistant rubber outsole  

• EVA midsole molded with nylon shank for superior support

• Quick drying polyester mesh and microfiber PU upper

• No stitch construction in forefoot area to create lightweight and flexibility

• Airport friendly construction

• Rapid-lace system for a faster, more snug fit

• Lightweight molded dual density EVA midsole with shock absorption zone for fatigue control

• Gusseted tongue to keep dirt and debris out

• Custom-molded thermoplastic heel counter and toe box for instant comfort and protection

 

SIG Range Day 19 – Viktos PTXF Chukka

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Viktos has just unveiled a Chukka version of their PTXF trainer.

Featuring a synthetic upper, they have the same sole and 4mm drop of the PTFX Core.

Offered in Green/White and Black variants.

www.viktos.com

Natick Evaluates New Boot Technologies

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

NATICK, Mass. — The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center at Natick is testing new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes at three different basic training and active duty installations over the next four months. The effort will gather Soldier feedback toward development of improved footwear.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center at Natick is testing new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes at three different basic training and active duty installations over the next four months. The effort will gather Soldier feedback toward development of improved footwear. Pictured, a U.S. Army Soldier from the 1-114th Infantry Regiment stands in the mud holding 7.62mm ammunition during M240 machine gun weapons training on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 6, 2018. (Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

The Army’s current inventory of boots includes seven different styles designed for different environments and climates. The boots issued initially to recruits are the Hot Weather and Temperate Weather Army Combat Boots. Requirements for these are managed by the Army Uniform Board as part of the recruit “Clothing Bag.” The Program Executive Office Soldier’s Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment maintains and updates the specifications for both boots.

The Army’s current inventory of boots includes seven different styles designed for different environments and climates. The boots issued initially to recruits are the Hot Weather and Temperate Weather Army Combat Boots. (Photo Credit: Mr. David Kamm (RDECOM))

The current generation of Army Combat Boots has not undergone substantial technical or material changes since 2010. New material and technologies now exist that may improve physical performance and increase Soldier comfort.

“Great strides have been made recently in the Army’s environment specific footwear, for jungle, mountain, or cold weather locations, but there is substantial room for improvement in the general purpose boots which are issued to new recruits,” explains Anita Perkins, RDECOM Soldier Center footwear research engineer and technical lead for the Army Combat Boot Improvement effort. “Most components of these combat boots have not been updated in almost 30 years.”

Surveys conducted by the Soldier Center report Soldier satisfaction with ACBs is lower than that with commercial-off-the-shelf, or COTS, boots, leading many Soldiers to purchase and wear COTS boots.

“The survey of over 14,000 Soldiers world-wide discovered that almost 50% choose to wear COTS combat boots instead of Army-issued boots,” Perkins said. “Many Soldiers reported choosing combat boots from the commercial market because the COTS boots are lighter, more flexible, require less break-in time, and feel more like athletic shoes than traditional combat boots or work boots.

Unfortunately, these characteristics often come at the cost of durability and protection.”

The Soldier Center’s Footwear Performance team believes new technologies can bridge the gap between the lightweight, comfortable, COTS boots and the durable, protective, Army boots. Recent advancements in synthetic materials and rapid prototyping can produce a boot with potentially the same protection, support, and durability of current Army boots, but lighter and more comfortable out of the box. To reach this goal, the Soldier Center is evaluating new types of leather and even some man-made materials which are much more flexible than the heavy-duty, cattle hide leather used in the current boots.

“Also included in the prototypes we are testing are new types of rubber and outsole designs, which are more than 30% lighter than the outsoles on the current boots,” said Al Adams, team leader for the Soldier Clothing and Configuration Management Team at the Soldier Center.

When working with industry to develop the prototype boots for this effort, Adams and Perkins put an emphasis on cutting weight. The boots being tested are up to 1.5 pounds lighter per pair than the ACBs currently being issued.

“In terms of energy expenditure or calories burned, 1-pound of weight at the feet is equivalent to 4-pounds in your rucksack,” Adams said.

The test boots will be fitted and fielded to 800 basic trainees at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, followed by 800 pairs going to infantry Soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas. The Soldier Center team will be hand-fitting each pair of prototype boots throughout the month of January and then return in March and April to collect surveys and conduct focus groups to gather specific feedback.

“Soldiers live in their boots and many will tell you that there is no piece of equipment more important to their lethality and readiness,” said Adams. “A bad pair of boots will ruin a Soldier’s day and possibly result in injuries, so we really believe that each of these prototype boots have the potential to improve the lives of Soldiers”.

Simultaneous to the field testing, lab testing will be conducted on the boots at the Soldier Center to quantify characteristics like flexibility, cushioning, cut/abrasion resistance, and breathability. The combination of lab testing and Soldier recommendations will identify Soldier-desired improvements to the boot prototypes and rank the state-of-the-art materials and designs for Soldier acceptance, durability, and safety. The Soldier Center will then provide recommendations to PM SPIE and the Army Uniform Board to drive the next generation of Army Combat Boots.

“The development of new boots take advantage of the latest materials technology, and are functional and comfortable, is critical to ensuring that our Soldiers are ready to fight and win in any environment,” said Doug Tamilio, director of the RDECOM Soldier Center. “Soldiers are the Army’s greatest asset, and we owe it to them to make them more lethal to win our nation’s wars, and then come home safely.”

By RDECOM Soldier Center Public Affairs