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Oakley SI – Light Assault Leather Boot

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Light Assault Leather Boot

The Oakley SI Light Assault Leather Boot features a polishable full-grain Nappa bovine leather upper, with a metal speed loop lacing system with anti-IR coating and 100% braided nylon laces. The boot also features an injection EVA midsole and slip-resistant rubber outsole. Available in sizes 6-12.5, 13, 14.

LALO Tactical Zodiac Recon

Monday, August 24th, 2015

This is the Zodiac Recon from LALO Tactical. You can defintely see the Tri-Density Zodiac foam outsole as well as the Superfabric toe.


I really like the Battleship color but they are also offered in Desert Cam, Night Vision (Black/Green) and Blk Ops (Murdered Out).

La Sportiva – Trango Cube GTX Highlander

Monday, August 17th, 2015

During the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market earlier this month, I had an opportunity to check out a new tactical version of the popular Trango Cube GTX from La Sportiva. The brand has long been embraced by the military who have issued at the unit level, several models of their civilian mountain boots. What’s interesting was their choice of color scheme for this militarized version of the Trango Cube. While the civilian Trango Cube GTX may be the most advanced boot in the line, the existing colors are hardly friendly to tactical climbing. As you can see, this version incorporates the Highlander transitional camouflage pattern from Kryptek.


The Trango Cube GTX features a new seamless, waterproof upper with protective rand and direct-inject lacing system. Additionally, this Gore-Tex lined boot offers an integrated removable tongue made from a soft stretch fabric to increase comfort. They’ve also reduced the weight from previous versions yet increased abrasion resistance. One of the ways they’ve reduced weight is with the La Sportiva “One” sole made by Vibram which offers a lower profile meaning lower weight.

Weight: 26.2 oz / 743 g
Sizes: 37 – 48 (half sizes)
Upper: QB3 Waterproof fabric/ Kryptek Highlander Print Cordura/ FlexTec2 fabric/ Thermo-Tech Injection
TPU lacing system/ PU Eyelets/ Vibram Rubber Rands
Lining: Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
Insole: 4mm graded Nylon
Midsole: PU in toe and heel/ EVA in the central zone and in the heel / TPU insert for rear crampon attachment
Sole: La Sportiva “ONE” by Vibram (exclusive) with Impact Brake System
Construction: Board Lasted
Last: Trango

OR – Adidas Outdoor

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

For Spring 2016, Adidas Outdoor will offer some new colors (Branch and Granite) for the existing Terrex Swift-R GTX as well as introduce some interning new models like the Terrex Solo Approach Shoe featuring Stealth Rubber and the Climacool Jawpaw Lace a water shoe also featuring Stealth Rubber as well as the adidas Drain System.   
Below you can see the Stealth Rubber and drainage soles.

This next shoe caught my eye from across the booth.  It’s hard to believe that the GSG-9 boot is four decades old but the GSG9 Trail is meant to pay homage to that old standby.  

It’s definitely interesting but some of the design features remind more of the newer GSG9.7s rather than the originals.

OR – Lowa Task Force – Innox GTX Mid TF

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

The Innox GTX Mid TF began on the commercial side but was brought over to the Task Force line.  It is inherently a fast and light design that they updated the colorway and swapped out the hooks for speed eyelets.  

One of Lowa’s strength is their sole system.  They are well regarded as an industry leader in utilizing PU monowraps which add stability without compromising mobility.  Lowa combines this with PU midsoles rather than the EVA found in running shoes for enhanced durability.  

It’s got a Cordura upper combined with a nylon skeletal frame that cradles the foot and locks your instep in place.    Lowa builds last constructed Gore-Tex liners rather than the standard bootie construction.  They’ve also added ventilation holes just above the ankle to aid in comfort.  

Currently available in Coyote.

OR – Salewa

Friday, August 7th, 2015

For Summer 16, Salewa is introducing two new lightweight mountaineering boots, the Raven 2 GTX and the Crow GTX.

The Raven 2 GTX is about 15% lighter than the precious model.  They did this by removing material where it wasn’t needed yet retained the crampon compatibility.  The Crow GTX is about 10% lighter than the existing Rapace but utilizes synthetics rather than leather.  Both are 3-season boots.  

Next up is the new is a leather lined, non-GTX Mountain Trainer for those guys who want an all leather boot.  It continues the same features of the Trainer.


The Alp Flow GTX came out this Spring,  It integrates WL Gore’s Surround technology and I absolutely love this boot.  These are being adopted left and right by government agencies and are offered now in Ballisco and Smoke.

This is the Firetail 3 which is the latest update to Salewa’s classic approach shoe.  Offered in GTX and non-gore versions.  They’ve updated to a wider fitting last.  Additionally, they are a very flat shoe and utilized a Vibram megagrip sole.  Check out the Blackout and Black Olive colors!


Salewa has broken into the trail running market with new Mountain Training styles.  The Lite Train (6 mil drop) and the Ultra Train (8 mil drop) both intros grate the new Michelin Outsole.  

Under development for two years, the Michelin Outsole integrates materials and lugs from their two most popular mountain bike tires.

OR – Palladium/MultiCam

Friday, August 7th, 2015


You’ve probably heard of Palladium or at least seen their boots in old photos of the French Foreign Legion.  Over the years lots of guys have used these boots for maritime as well as desert and jungle operations.  They’ve teamed up with Crye Precision to offer the classic Pampa boot in MultiCam, Tropical, Black and Arid.  Coming January, 2016.


Arc’teryx Expands Footwear Line in 2016

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Arc’teryx debuted a groundbreaking footwear line in summer 2014 and just released it for sale a few months ago but a major focus of this summer’s OR booth is the expansion of their offerings for Spring 16.

Acrux AR


This is Arc’teryx Footwear Product Line Manager Federico Sbrissa with the Acrux AR, the boot that started the whole process several years ago. Although this double mountaineering boot concept actually came first, Arc’teryx introduced low-cut approach shoes (Alpha2 FL) and mid-cut Hiking and Light Trekking boots (Bora Mid) first, while the more challenging design matured. It’s ready now and will be available not long after the new year.

As you can see, the new Acrux AR is fully crampon compatible. Although similar in construction to the Bora, in that the liner booty is removable, the Acrux AR incorporates an integral gaiter design with a waterproof T Zip which makes uo the outer portion of the boot. 

This double boot also has a PE preformed inner shell which laces tightly over the removable Gore-Tex booty and offers adaptive fit. The Vibram mountaineering outsole is part of a six component sole system which also includes carbon fiber, EVA midsole and TPU heel and toe cups.

One product that consumers have been clamoring for is a leather version of the Bora Mid and as you can see, Arc’teryx did not disappoint.

Leather Bora Mid


In addition to expanded color options for the existing Alpha2 FL and Bora Mid, Arc’teryx announced the Acrux SL and Arakys shoe models, in both men’s and women’s versions. The Acrux SL’s approach shoe design won’t incorporate Gore-Tex and is very light at 300 grams per shoe.



The Arakys has an interesting aesthetic and is billed as an ultralight bouldering and single pitch shoe. The heel of the upper is collapsible so that you can shove your foot right into it for causal use and the closure system can be used one-handed. Finally, it has a leather footbed for barefoot comfort.  







Extreme Outfitters Taking Preorders for Garmont T8 LE Boot

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Warrior East – Under Armour Fat Tire

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

On a wall of Black boots, the UA Tac Fat Tire really stands out. In fact, the Fat Tire won gear of the show for the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2015. 
Announced during SHOT Show, the UA Tac Fat Tire incorprates a full Gore-tex upper, Boa lacing system, Under Armour Charge cushioning mid-sole and a Michelin Wild Gripper outsole engineered specifically for UA.  Additionally, it features a Cupron insole that has been EPA approved kills foot bacteria including athelet’s foot.  

This model is coming 1 January but commercial and hunting models are hitting the market this month including a version featuring the Ridge Reaper Barren Camo pattern.