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Top 8 Questions Asked About Salomon Forces

Friday, August 24th, 2018

For 20 years, Salomon has revolutionized the footwear market. Building upon their mountain heritage, the company developed their innovations through experience in hiking, adventure racing, and trail running.  They also bring their iconic fit and performance to Forces, a line dedicated to the specific needs of military, safety and law enforcement professionals.

If you haven’t heard of Salomon, you should look into them, and soon.  From now until Labor Day (Monday, September 3), U.S. Elite is having a Salomon sale, where you’ll find these highly sought after shoes at 25% off. It will also be the last chance to get the exclusive Wolf Grey XA Pro 3D Mid GTX “Sua Sponte” before it becomes extinct. You may have questions before making a purchase, and lucky for you- we’re about to answer the top questions asked about Salomon Forces:

8. Who sells Salomon Forces shoes?

It’s true you can find Salomon footwear at your local outdoor/footwear shop – heck, you can probably even find it on their site. But if you’re looking for some bad-ass Forces, you’ll need to get them right from U.S. Elite. Aside from the exclusive Sua Sponte, U.S. Elite is always deeply stocked, with different models and sizes available. Salomon only allows a select few retailers to sell their tactical Forces line of shoes.

7. Who makes Salomon Forces and what makes them so special?

Salomon Forces originated from The Salomon Group, with its pedigree originating from Annecy, France. Their passion for outdoor sports, along with new technology and craftsmanship, gives them the drive to create progressive gear.  Salomon Forces are made for an elite group of customers, having the specific needs of military and LEOS in mind.

6. Which Salomon shoe should I buy?

Since there are so many great ones, U.S. Elite can recommend for different reasons.

We decided to break this up into categories so we can cover everything:

Everyday use: The XA Forces Mid (2018) or XA Pro 3D Mid GTX both offer comfort, flexibility and support for all-day use.  Both boots are also lightweight, so you won’t feel weighed-down when wearing them.

Shooting / Hunting: This depends on where you are going to be hunting.  If you’re going to be in a hot, dry climate, we’d recommend the Jungle Ultra.  On the other end, the Quest 4D would be better suited for a cooler climate.

OCR / Trail Running: The SpeedCross 4 were designed with trail running (and wider feet) in mind.  Their aggressive soles grip onto loose dirt and gravel, helping you to start off and stop when you want.  With a lining that’s highly breathable and abrasion resistant, these shoes deal with mud and puddles with zero issue.

CQC / CQB: The Speed Assault has the best of both worlds.  They include an aggressive grip like the SpeedCross 4, but have more ankle support and protection, more closely resembling what a mid-sized shoe would have.

Uniform Use: The Guardian is based off the Jungle Ultras, but are designed to meet the requirements of AR-670-1, which means you’re getting tried-and-true Salomon performance.

5. How do Salomon shoes fit?

From narrowest to widest, it would be:

Jungle Ultra / Urban Jungle Ultra


XA Forces Mid

Quest 4D

SpeedCross 4

4. How should I wash Salomon shoes?

The best way to get your boots like-new again is to use a wet brush or cloth, and pairing that with a product like Nikwax will help maintain, condition and deodorize your boots.

3. How do I tie Salomon shoes?

One of the trademarks of Salomon Forces is the Quicklace system.  It cinches up fast and keeps your boots on your feet.  Just pull the lace tab up, slide the toggle lock until you’ve got the desired fit, then secure the excess length inside the lace garage, found on the tongue of the shoe. The system ensures a secure, comfortable fit, and is much less likely to snag on something than traditional laces.  If they do break, replacements are available.  You can also check out this video which is a guide to replacing the Quicklace, featuring Hugh from AmerSports.

2. Can I machine wash Salomon shoes?

Although you can machine wash pretty much anything, we don’t recommend doing this with your boots.  Check back to number 4- how to wash Salomon shoes for the best way to get them clean again.

1. Are Salomon shoes good?

Short answer – yes.  Soldiers and professionals need dedicated equipment to operate in hostile environments, beginning with footwear. In addition to year-round comfort, outstanding traction in changing terrain, footwear for military and law enforcement must be stable, durable enough for intense conditions, and provide complete weather protection.

Don’t forget to use coupon code “SOLSYS” to get free flat rate CONUS shipping.

Mammut – Taiss Light Mid GTX

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

One of the hidden gems I found at last month’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is the Taiss Light Mid GTX by Mammut.

I spied it as I was walking through their booth but unfortunately, as I didn’t have a media appointment, no one could answer any questions about it.

However, I do know a few things. This Gore-tex lined boot is intended for multipitch rock climbing, via ferrata, classical alpinism, mixed and ice climbing. This means it’s crampon compatible. I also know that it weighs 555g (size 9). It’s built using their Georganic 3D Technology, a three-dimensional cut of the boot, developed directly on the foot. Additionally, it features a carbon fiber missile for rigidity.

This is All-Black model is the Men’s version. The Women’s variant is all White. Imagine a Mid-height mountain boot in all white for use by mountain troops.


ORSM 18 – Patagonia + Danner Wading Boot Collab

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

For Spring/Summer 19, Patagonia is releasing a line of Made in USA wading boots, produced in collaboration with Danner. This model caught my eye.

ORSM 18 – Salewa Mountain Trooper

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Based on the original Mountain Trainer Leather, the new Salewa Mountain Trooper is an all Black, leather lined boot exclusive to a North America.


It integrates a full grain leather upper, reinforced rubber toe rand, Vibram outsole, heavy duty lacing, and their 3F heel support system. This boot is a sales sample. The production version which will land soon, feature metal lacing at the top, rather than plastic eyelets.


Nike SFB Field 2 in Realtree

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

If you’re looking for something a little different for your next hunting trip, you might want to check out these Nike SFB 2 in Realtree Camo.

It’s an 8″ boot featuring a sneaker-like sole system integrating a Phylon foam midsole and TrailFrame TPU shank, mated to a Gore-Tex lined, full-grain leather and canvas upper.


DIY: Salomon Forces Quicklace Replacement

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

US Elite’s Warrior of Vendor Relations, Ed Castellanos, and Eastern Territory Manager of Tactical and Government Sales for AmerSports, Hugh Rickenbacker are together again for another video – and this time they’re talking re-lacing.

In this video, you’ll get step-by-step directions on how to replace the laces on your Salomon Forces boots.  All of the materials needed to complete this are mentioned in the video as well. Ed and Hugh also answer other popular questions we get asked about Salomon Forces.

For a limited time, you can take advantage of free CONUS flat-rate shipping when you use code SOLSYS at checkout.

Belleville Boot OCP Boot Transition Guide For Airmen

Friday, July 13th, 2018

SSD Sponsor Belleville Boot, created this handy OCP boot transition guide for USAF personnel.



Warrior East 18 – Belleville Boots Introduce Vibram’s Arctic Grip Anti-Slip Technology

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Belleville Boots is the first company to integrate a Berry Compliant version of Vibram’s Arctic Grip Wet Ice Tech.

Initially introduced the commercial market at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market a few years ago, the sole offers stability on ice as well as oily surfaces. The active components are a slightly darker brown in the photo below. The first boot with this sole will be the C775ST, a Cold Weather, safety toed boot with 600 grams of Thinsulate.

Coming 4th Qtr 2018 from www.bellevilleboot.com.