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SHOT Show 17 – Reebok Duty

Friday, January 20th, 2017

The Strikepoint series is currently on the market. The 8″ version is an AR 670-1 complaint boot with cattlehide leather and 1000 Cordura upper. It features an anti-friction and anti-microbial lining. Additionally the Uform technology allows you to heat the boots in the oven to 200 degrees for 5 min and then wear them in order to mold them to your feet by wearing them for eight minutes. Also, you can reset them, if needed. The Strikepoint is also available in a 6″ model.

The R52 midsole is an ultra responsive high rebound foam and FootFuel footbed comfort technology combine for comfortable wear. The Strikepoint also enjoys a wide toe box.

The outsole is inspired by Reebok’s popular athletic footwear and incorporates Ropepro cleats for rope work and is stitched to the upper at the toe. On a final note, these go all the way to size 15!

This is the Sublite Cushion Tactical line which is comprised of five different models one of which is waterproof. From the outset, I couldn’t believe how light they are when I picked them up. For example, the 8″ is 15oz per boot. They offer leather and mesh upper meaning they’re highly breathable.

The MemoryTech insoles massage footbed adapts to the contours of your foot. They feature little nubs which feel like fingers massaging the sole of your foot. The Sublite foam midsole is also a responsive material. This combines with the full-foot flex grooves to offer improved flexibility and balance. The outsole is also slip resistant thanks to targeted rubber sections.

If you thought that size 15 was impressive for the Strikepoint, you’ll be pleased to know that the Sublite Cushion Tactical goes all the way to size 16!

Warson Brands is the official licensee from Reebok for safety and military footwear.

SHOT Show 17 – LALO Tactical

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

LALO uses two upper and two lower designs to create three different boot models in the Shadow line. For example, (top to bottom) the Amphibian utilizes a drainable lower. The Intruder shares the upper with the Amphibian but comes a carbonized rubber outsole. The Operator introduces a new high upper but utilizes the same carbonized rubber outsole as the Intruder.

The models are available in Black, Coyote and Ranger Green.

www.lalotactical.com

ORWM – Salomon

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Based on a previous SLab design, the Sense Ride from Salomon is a new, versatile trail racing and training shoe.  While pro athletes are already winning races in this shoe, it’s also a good fit for the new trail runner.  Think about the running trails on any military base as a great application for the Sense Ride.

It incorporates their Vibe technology which attenuates vibration in order to reduce fatigue.  The secret is their Opal technology which is a soft, high rebound material in a mid-sole compartment, combined with the Energy Cell+ midsole compound with high energy return.  

Additionally, the Sense Ride offers geometric decoupling which patterns the sole in order to work with how the foot moves through its stride, with more efficient heel-to-toe transition.  For those interested, it has an 8mm drop and weighs 230 grams.  

www.salomon.com

ORWM – Adidas Terrex

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

These are my three picks for Fall/Winter 17 from Adidas Terrex.

This is the Terrex FAST Gore-Tex Surround which incorporates, off course, Gore-Tex Surround technology which breathes at the sole as well as on the upper. That’s thanks to the membrane and the channels in the midsole.

This mid height fast hiker also incorporates a Continental rubber outsole along with speed lacing. It weighs 390 grams and has a 9.5 mm drop.

The Terrex Swift Solo incorporates a Stealth rubber outsole. This 225 grams approach shoe also offers a ClimaCool upper.

This bad boy is the Terrex Conrax Boa with 200 grams of PrimaLoft AND Stealth Rubber AND Boa lacing system. If that isn’t enough, it also features their patented Boost midsole which is an encapsulated PU which is temperature independent and does not compress meaning you get the ultimate cushion and rebound regardless of conditions.


adidasoutdoor.com

ORWM – Altama

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

I was surprised to find Altama in the Mystery Ranch booth and even more surprised to get a sneak Peek of some new shoes being officially released at next week’s SHOT Show.

This is the Aboottabad (in honor of the location of UBL’s demise) series. It consists of a Trail Run Low and Trail Run Mid and a Mid to Heavy Weight Hiker.

All of the outsoles in this line get their DNA from the old Panama tread of the USGI Jungle Boot.

Here’s an OTB Maritime Assault Shoe in Low Viz colors.

www.altama.com

Salomon Forces Introduces New ALP MTN GTX

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

During DSEI 2015 I spied a pair of outdoor Salomon X ALP MTN GTX discretely on display in the Edgar Brothers booth, which were undergoing wear trials with several European military and civil rescue organizations at the time. Salomon took feedback from those operational assessments and created a version for the Forces line.

All-terrain boot is the toughest in the Salomon Forces range

Salomon is set to launch another new shoe addition to its high-performance Forces collection when the X ALP MTN GTX® Forces becomes available on January 1, 2017.

The X ALP MTN GTX® is designed to be the one boot to get you to wherever you need to go-from the bottom of the mountain to the top…and back again. It’s calling cards are waterproofness, durability, protection and stability. Available in all black, the X ALP MTN GTX® Forces features a seven-inch upper that offers stability and protection from the elements, as well as a GORE-TEX® membrane for waterproofness.

It’s designed with a mountaineering last and a protective rubber toe cap. The 3D edging chassis gives it stability on rugged ground. The X ALP MTN GTX® Forces is the toughest and most rugged shoe in Salomon’s Forces range, allowing the user to attach crampons and push the barriers even farther. Whether you’re crossing a glacier, scrambling over loose ground or carrying, this shoes will do the job.

Now that you’ve read the press release, let’s take a look at what makes these special. To do that, we’re going to share a series of graphics from Salomon which depict key features.

The edging chassis is a single piece and key to the boot’s flex, front-to-back, and high rigidity, side-to-side.

The boot’s ability to flex while retaining edge stability, also aids with grip.

The X ALP MTN may feel more flexible to you than other mountain boots because the mid-sole is not a big slab of plastic or carbon with no flexion.

Here’s a view of the outsole.

These two graphics offer information about the outsole design.

The ALP MTN GTX also features lacing to toe.

www.salomon.com/us/forces

Vasque- Lost 40 Boots

Friday, December 30th, 2016

During last year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market I saw these new winter boots from Vasque.

The Lost 40 has changed colors slightly since I saw the prototypes, but they’re available in both Men’s and Women’s versions.

There are two independant laces as well as a pull loop at the rear make them easy to don and doff, even when you’re wearing gloves. They also incorporate IceTrek soles, which offer increased traction, even on ice, and are lined with wool. The wool lining and an Aerogel midsole help keep your feet warm in cold conditions.

www.vasque.com

UAS Men’s RLT Boot from Under Armour

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

I’m always on the lookout for new kit, even if it comes from the most unlikely sectors. UAS is a new line from Under Armour which is more luxury than athletic wear.

As I own a pair of UA Fat Tire boots and love them, the RLT immediately caught my eye. Although it’s quite unconventional looking, the Fat Tire sole offers both cushion and traction.

For some, the RLT may be a choice for a duty boot. It’s available in Black, as well as a Tan color which is called Partridge along with Dress Blue, although the toe seam detail may be an issue.

www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens-uas-rlt-fat-tire-boot