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US Marine Corps to Assess Boots at Parris Island

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. —

In an effort to continually improve the clothing and equipment Marines are issued, Marine Corps Systems Command will conduct an assessment to see if lighter boots can improve recruit performance. Plans are to compare two lighter boots to the Marine Corps Combat Boot during a recruit training cycle at Parris Island.

One boot, the Danner Reckoning Hot Weather Boot was authorized for optional wear by Marine Corps Systems Command in 2017.

“The feedback we’ve received from Marines on the Reckoning boots, is positive,” said Todd Towles, project officer for the Clothing and Equipment Team at Marine Corps Systems Command. “The boots are lightweight, durable, and there’s virtually no break-in period.”

Now, program officials plan to compare the Reckoning and another relative newcomer—the Rocky Tropical boot. The Rocky Tropical performed well in jungle environments during a 2017 user evaluation with 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines in Hawaii.

U.S. Marine Corps recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, march during a six-mile conditioning hike on Parris Island, South Carolina. In an effort to continually improve the clothing and equipment Marines are issued, Marine Corps Systems Command will conduct an assessment to see if lighter boots can improve recruit performance. Plans are to compare two lighter boots to the Marine Corps Combat Boot during a recruit training cycle at Parris Island. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Jacob)

The program office will issue 700 Reckoning boots and 700 Rocky Tropical boots to male and female recruits. Half of the Danner and half of the Rocky will go to a male company and remaining boots will be issued to a female company.

The purpose of the assessment is to do a comparison between the Rocky and Reckoning and the Marine Corps Combat Boot to see if there is a decrease in lower extremity injuries.

The MCCB has been in the Corps’ inventory since 2001 and is a seabag issue item.

The three-month assessment is planned to take place this summer, Towles said.

By Kaitlin Kelly, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

SSD Note:

This is the Danner Reckoning.

This is the Rocky Jungle Boot.

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17 Responses to “US Marine Corps to Assess Boots at Parris Island”

  1. BT says:

    Quite interested in trying the Rocky Jungle Boot here in SEA… but I can forsee it being quite hard to get ><

    • James says:

      No kidding, can’t find 14w at all, wonder if they are are already buying them in large numbers or if they are just that popular.

  2. LGonSoldierSystems says:

    If you liked the Danner RAT boots, but wanted them at nearly half the weight, these Reckoning .Hots are for you. Both boots sell for nearly the same MSRP, but the Rocky’s regularly go on sale in non USMC colors.

    Personally, my heart goes with the Danners.

  3. charlie says:

    You’ve been waiting years to write that headline haven’t you?

  4. Joe says:

    All those times my First Sergeant wouldn’t let me wear my Rocky S2V boots on patrol in Afghanistan.

  5. SteveO says:

    I guess gone are the days of “spit shined” boots every day at roll call on P.I.

    • Lorrie McCarty says:

      No actibe duty military will never know the fun of spit shining their boots or dress shoes for that matter. Trting to get the perfect shine

  6. Max veliz says:

    I’ve tried both, and as early as Friday used the danners to run an endurance course, hands down the Rocky’s blow the danners out of the water. Im Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that the Rocky’s are authorized with the EGA stamped on the side here soon.

  7. Chris says:

    Good intent, poor execution. The Marine Corps definitely needs to add the Danner Reckoning boots to the seabag but recruit training is not the place for field trials. There are many units doing workups and the Schools of Infantry on both coasts are non-stop when it comes to training. These units are filled with the experienced NCO’s and SNCO’s that will push gear to the limits and be able to provide detailed, relevant feedback.

    • Joe says:

      My thoughts exactly. Let’s give boots to boots. They definitely have the best feedback.

      • Attack7 says:

        Ditto. Love The Reckoning. Anyone that rocked an Acadia in the winter, and wondered why Danner never made a slimmed down, Jungle boot type Acadia. Here it is, the Reckoning. Can’t go back to the sneaker boot that wears out!

  8. SLG says:

    I love my Rocky Jungle boots. About to get the Solomon to try out as well. Not military, so can’t speak to that, but as regular field or tactical boots, I think they are great. Wearable right away, they break in to be even better.

    • OverWatch says:

      I have the Solomon GTX 4D Forces boots and love them. I saw another Marine wearing them he told me about them and i purchased mine the next day after trying them on.

  9. Erik says:

    Here I am with my Garmint T8’s. Still love them. I’m issued the Rocky S2V’s, but don’t like the lack of a heel.

  10. Daniel says:

    One thing I do like about the S2Vs is that they don’t have a huge heel and are more of a flat stance. However, I do wish they made a lightweight safety toe version. I also think the S2Vs have too much material in the ankle area to be properly tightened. Overall, they are better than the SI safety toe boots.