Archive for the ‘Boots’ Category

SHOP Show Raeford – Deckers X Lab

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

As we’ve mentioned in the past, Deckers X LAB is the “skunk works” or Innovation Lab of the Deckers Corp; the parent behind such brands as UGG, Hoka, and Sanuk.

They’ve also developed a new line of tactical footwear and prototypes of their upcoming DX-G8 (AR 670-1 boot seen above to the left) which were worn by the winning team at this year’s Best Ranger Competition. To the right is the Deckers X LAB DX-M4, a maritime assault boot.

At SHOP Show, we got a look at what’s under development. The A6-MP (Max Profile) is intended for wear while bearing heavier loads.

Another model, the A6-LP (Low Profile) features a Fast Rope Guard and was created as an assault boot.

As you can see, the A6-LP incorporates the same sole as the water shoe.

DSEi 21 – La Sportiva Raptor Mid

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Brigantes showed off a couple of prototypes in their “On The Man” display at the front of their booth. One of the more discreet items was the La Sportiva Raptor Mid variant they are working on.

The final version will ditch the Gore-Tex lining and reflective trims of the commercial model.

DSEi 21 – Brigantes “On The Man”

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

This wedge at the front of the Brigantes booth demonstrated a breadth of soldier systems capabilities offers by Brigantes and was used extensively to walk DSEi visitors through a variety of options.

Manikins were set up for Mountain & Arctic Warfare as well as Jungle and Temeprate zones.

The fabrics are from Milliken and include Milliken TactX Stretch fabric in Multicam which is a durable base fabric for performance finishes and Milliken’s best-in-class printing and shade matching.

 It is a lightweight 98% plain weave nylon with 2% spandex with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The elasticity of the fabric allows the wearer freedom of movement and gives more allowance in the action areas of the garment. The nylon face fabric offers great durability to the wearer who would be very often carrying and equipped with a heavy back pack and/or body armor plus the wearer will probably be carrying a weapon utilizing a harness/strap.

Additionally, it is highly breathable whilst at the same time providing a degree of weather protection. The garment can be used as part of a layering system or can be used as a stand-alone depending on the weather conditions. It’s a very tactile fabric and extremely pleasing and comfortable to wear.

GoRuck – Heritage Jump Boot

Sunday, September 5th, 2021

GoRuck has expanded their footwear line with the upcoming Heritage Jump Boot which is a modern boot based on design cues from the World War II-era jump boot.

Built on their MACV-1 platform with its wide toe box, the 8″ upper is crafted from premium full grain leather that is Aniline Tanned. For lacing, look for a combination of eyelets and barrels. Like the classic, there’s a capped toe, but the Heritage Jump Boot goes one step further with a rubber toe wrap.

The Lightweight EVA midsole is paired with a -traction rubber outsole, featuring a 13mm heel-to-toe drop. You’ll also find drain holes like the on the jungle boot.

Sizes 4-15 with half-sizes stopping at 13.

Pre-order now for shipping in 1st Quarter of 2022 but better hurry because pre-orders close 7 September.

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La Sportiva Reinvigorates Several Iconic Climbing and Approach Shoe Models for Spring 2022

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

La Sportiva, makers of the world’s finest mountain footwear, apparel, and ski hard goods, today announces that for Spring 2022, several iconic climbing shoe models are fully redesigned and updated for modern climbing. The Mantra, Katana Lace, Finale, Tarantula, and Tarantulace are all brand new. The updates continue in the approach category with new renditions of the TX2 Evo and TX2 Evo Leather and the introduction of the new TX Canyon. Kids also have new models with the TX Canyon, Tarantula JR, Ultra Raptor II Mid JR GTX, and Ultra Raptor II JR models.

“La Sportiva is never content to rest on its past successes and is consistently pursuing innovations, even to models that are very successful,” says Jonathan Lantz, president of La Sportiva North America. “La Sportiva enthusiasts often suggest that certain models are perfect and shouldn’t be changed but for Spring 22, the Mantra, Katana Lace, Finale, Tarantula, and Tarantulace all have major changes, as does the TX2, which has been the basis for our success in the approach category. Overall, La Sportiva continues to push innovations as far as possible and we’re confident that customers will embrace these new models as superior performers.”

For climbing shoe minimalists who enjoy dancing up the wall, the Mantra relaunch is a dream come true. This slipper combines La Sportiva’s No-Edge concept with D-Tech Technology, the sole wraps the shoe laterally for a total absence of edges. The deconstructed upper and reduced sole thicknesses improves sensitivity by bringing the foot closer to the rock’s surface. The Mantra weighs 5.2 ounces and carries a $160 MSRP. The Katana Lace is an all-day edging machine that performs well on slabs, thin cracks, and steep routes outside. Tubular construction provides comfort while a highly breathable tongue works in conjunction with the liner for moisture management. The Katana Lace is 8.8 ounces for men and 7.5 ounces for women and retails for $210. The new Finale is a shoe equally at home at the gym or the crag and with 40% of the shoe made from recycled materials, it reduces overall environmental impact. It is constructed from eco-leather that does not use heavy metals in the tanning process and is biodegradable. At 8.4 ounces for men and 7.9 ounces for women, it is $120. The new Tarantula, with its focus on comfort, is easy to use and get on and off. Yet, the slight asymmetry is aggressive enough to perform on steeper routes and trickier moves. The Tarantula is 8.4 ounces for men, 7.5 ounces for women and retails for $95. The best-selling climbing shoe in the US, the Tarantulace, is now even better, with an unlined leather upper, asymmetric shape, and roomier toe box. Updated aesthetics and design increase performance while maintaining the same fit and feel for $85.

La Sportiva Mantra

La Sportiva Katana Lace (M)

La Sportiva Katana Lace (W)

La Sportiva Tarantula (M)

La Sportiva Tarantula (W)

La Sportiva Tarantulace (M)

La Sportiva Tarantulace (W)

The extremely popular TX line gets a major upgrade with the ability to easily resole it. The TX2 EVO and TX2 EVO Leather are both lightweight approach shoes that stow easily thanks to strong C2 ComboCord and can be resoled to extend the life of the shoe. Vibram Idrogrip provides excellent traction on wet or dry surfaces at $139 for the TX2 EVO and $129 for the TX2 Evo Leather. Canyoneering shoes need to do it all and the La Sportiva TX Canyon offers support, flexibility, traction while wet or dry, and can shed water quickly. Recycled materials contribute to a reduced environmental impact and a larger, wider fit accounts for neoprene socks. The TC Canyon will retail for $169.

La Sportiva TX Canyon

La Sportiva TX2 EVO (M)

La Sportiva TX2 EVO (W)

La Sportiva TX2 EVO Leather (M)

La Sportiva TX2 EVO Leather (W)

Not to be left out, kids get three great new models including the Tarantula JR, a smaller version of the popular Tarantula climbing shoe. It’s neutral comfort and highly adjustable closure system will fit a wide range of kids and help them get into climbing for $75. The Ultra Raptor Mid II Mid JR GTX is the perfect choice for getting kids into hiking. It’s mid-height, Gore-Tex waterproof protection and quick-pull lacing system provide a capable boot for younger trail enthusiasts at $85. The Ultra Raptor II JR is an everyday trail walking, running, or hiking shoe to keep kids moving and enjoying the outdoors. Aggressive lugs with sticky FriXion rubber provides maximum traction on all surfaces for $75.

The entire footwear line for both men and women will be available at fine specialty retailers across the country and at in Spring 2022.

Altama x Relv Camo OTB Maritime Mids Now Available

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Relv Moab and Marauder Maritime Mids are here!

AKU Continues Success of Exclusive Dual Fit System (DFS) Technology with New Mountaineering Boot and Fast Hiker for Spring ‘22

Sunday, August 15th, 2021

Rocket DFS GTX First in Category to Utilize Vibram Traction Lug Outsole; Croda DFS GTX Offers Kevlar Protection and 50% Slimmer Vibram Outsole for Lightweight Precision

Montreal, CanadaAKU, a manufacturer of some the world’s most comfortable, hand-crafted hiking and trekking boots in Italy for more than 50 years, announces it will introduce the Croda DFS GTX and the Rocket DFS GTX, featuring its exclusive Dual Fit System (DFS) technology, as part of its Spring/Summer 2022 collection.  DFS is a double lacing system that allows the wearer to adjust the comfort and precision of the fit during different phases of use. The Croda is ideal for mountaineering in challenging climbing and trekking conditions on rock and ice, while the Rocket is a dynamic and reliable fast hiker for the most difficult trails.

The AKU Croda DFS GTX is built to be light, agile, precise and extremely comfortable.  Featuring a cut-resistant and lightweight Kevlar upper, along with an elastic spider frame structure, the moutaineering boot provides exceptional resistance to impact and abrasion along with excellent freedom of movement.  The Vibram Croda Litebase outsole is 30 percent lighter and 50 percent slimmer than typical mountaineering boot outsoles and offers stability, grip and precision even in the most technical situations.  The outsole also allows for the use of traditional or semi-automatic campons. An overlasted forefoot protects the midsole and increases precision, while an elastic cover prevents snow and debris from entering the upper.  Also available in women’s sizes designed specifically for the female plantar anatomy.

The Rocket DFS GTX light hiking shoe features an upper with a crossed rib structure protected by a 3D print layer and a dual density PU midsole.  AKU’s Rocket is the first outdoor shoe to offer Vibram’s Traction Lug outsole, incorporating a patented mold-making process that allows for 25 percent added traction on varied surfaces.  The revolutionary outsole design concept can also increase side lug surface area by 50 percent.

Both the Croda and the Rocket feature AKU’s exclusive DFS lacing technology and Elica Natural Stride System technology.  AKU’s DFS technology incorporates a traditional lace for maximum comfort while walking or hiking, as well as a secondary fast lace that can be activated by the wearer to increase sensitivity and precision during climbing. Through a unique insole board and tread design, the Elica system technology promotes biodynamic efficiency and optimal comfort.

Government of Canada Announces Contract for Combat Boots for Canadian Armed Forces

Monday, August 9th, 2021

Sherbrooke, Quebec – Public Services and Procurement Canada

Through Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is modernizing its military equipment to support the Canadian Armed Forces and keep Canadians safe.

On behalf of the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today announced the awarding of a contract worth nearly $7 million to manufacturer Royer of Lac-Drolet, Quebec, to produce pairs of general-purpose combat boots and nylon laces for the Canadian Armed Forces.

“As a result of a competitive procurement process, we are proud to award this contract to Canadian supplier Royer and provide our troops with the best possible made-in-Canada equipment to carry out their work.”

The Honourable Anita Anand
Minister of Public Services and Procurement 

The contract, awarded through an open, fair and transparent competitive process by Public Services and Procurement Canada, will see the delivery of an additional 40,000 pairs of boots and 100,000 pairs of laces to Canadian Armed Forces supply depots in Edmonton, Alberta, and Montréal, Quebec, by February 2023. The general?purpose boots are designed to provide enhanced foot protection and comfort for Canadian troops during operations conducted in ambient temperatures ranging from 0°C to 25°C.

“It is essential that the members of our Canadian Armed Forces have the equipment they need to fulfill their commitment to serving Canadians at home and abroad. By providing quality combat boots through this contract, we are ensuring that our members are well equipped to do the important work we ask of them.”

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan
Minister of National Defence 

The contract for the general-purpose combat boots is expected to maintain 25 Canadian jobs and create 5 new jobs.

“Through this contract, we will not only provide superior quality boots to the members of our Armed Forces, but also create jobs and economic benefits directly in our community.”

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

The boots will be made entirely in Canada at the factories of manufacturer Royer in Lac-Drolet and Sherbrooke, Quebec.

The contract includes an option to order, if needed, an additional 67,500 pairs of boots over the next 5 years, for a potential total of 107,500 pairs.