Archive for the ‘Boots’ Category

UA Hovr Machina Off Road

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

If you’re looking for a go-fast hinging shoe, are worth a look.

Coming later this year, this model was created in conjunction with UA sponsored bowhunter Cameron Hanes. The color combination is Black with UA Barren camouflage accents and a Red sole.

Featuring a 4mm drop, the Machina Off Road features a UA Storm treated upper to repel water and Boa lacing system. The Vibram outsole incorporates their Mega Grip lug pattern and the HOVR technology utilizes their compression mesh Energy Web which contains and molds the foam to give back the energy you put in.

Atlas 46 – Woodbridge Merino Wool Sock

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Constructed with Isolwool (50% Wool and 50% Polypropylene), the Woodbridge Sock utilizes merino wool and polypropylene to deliver moisture movement and is cushioned in high wear areas. I’m impressed with the price at $14 a single pair with discounts in multi-packs.

Made in the USA.

Black Diamond Equipment – Traction Devices

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Black Diamond Equipment introduced a family of traction devices during the recent Outdoor Retailer Snow + Winter Market.

Designed in conjunction with their mountain athletes, these traction devices feature stainless steel spikes and are intended to be worn with approach/light hikers/mountain runners.

There are three models coming Fall 2020:

Their lightest model, the Blitz Spike weighs only 45 grams. There are six spikes at the forefoot.

The Distance Spike is for long distance running. It features a hybrid upper with softshell toe cap with a heel retention elastomer.

The Access Spike is their workhorse model, with tough rubber retention.

Defense Logistics Agency COTS Cold Weather Program

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Although the services are working to update cold weather clothing, the Defense Logistics Agency has let a Blanket Purchase Agreement for Commercial Off The Shelf Cold Weather Clothing as a stop-gap measure. Currently, Army and Marine Corps units can order up to $250k from each group of items per quarter.

Current BPA holders are ADS, Darley, Unifire, and Danner. The equipment is delivered direct to the customer and is not stocked by DLA. Current agreements will last until 4/17/2021, but Bi-lateral Agreement could extend them up to an additional 36 months.

The program includes seven categories: Balaclavas, Boots (Full Regular & Wide sizes), Gaiters, Gloves, Mittens, Trigger Finger Mittens, and Socks. The image above is from a DLA briefing slide so the individual commodities are a bit compressed.

Brands include Outdoor Research, Belleville, Danner, Rocky, and Darn Tough. They plan to add Wild Things in both FR and NON-FR for Special Operations Customers Only as well as Half Sizes for Boots and possibly Mountaineering Gear.

All commercial items are assigned an NSN by size. Vendors may introduce alternates but they must be approved and no requisition will be delayed in order to approve an item. Any alternate will be added to the NSN as an acceptable part number.

Units CAN NOT specifically order one brand. Unit must accept any “or equivalent item” approved under the BPA.

The program is already a success. FY19 (May 2019 – September 2019) obligations were $10M.

• Socks – 150,000 PR
• Balaclavas – 34,000 EA
• Gaiters – 27,000 PR
• Boots – 6,600 PR
• Gloves – 3,500 PR
• TF Mittens – 3,000 PR

Rocky Launches Alpha Force Boots in Coyote Brown

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — After years as a performance leader in the public service category, Rocky is manufacturing its Alpha Force boots in Coyote Brown for use by tactical teams or as a range boot. The Coyote Brown styles are now available online and at retailers. 

“The Alpha Force boots are one of Rocky’s best-selling public service collections, and we’re expanding into the Coyote Brown color to deliver even more versatility to those serving our communities every day,” said Hannah Sammons, marketing manager for Rocky. “Built to the same durability standards, the Coyote Brown Alpha Force footwear will provide the reliability and performance expected of Rocky boots.”

The Alpha Force boots feature full-grain, flesh out leather with 900 Denier nylon for elite comfort, performance and durability. The RigiTrac molded EVA/rubber outsole is oil- and slip-resistant, and the Rocky Airport® footbed delivers maximum comfort.

The three styles offered include a six-inch lace-up, eight-inch lace-up and eight-inch lace-up with YKK Coil side zipper and composite toe.

Suggested retail prices on the Coyote Brown Alpha Force styles range from $99.99-$119.99.

For more information on the Alpha Force military footwear or other Rocky products, visit

Lowa Task Force Socks

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Coming later this year, Lowa Task Force will offer Made in Europe socks in two weights, 4-Season Pro and Winter Pro. In both cases they are fitted left and right and made from differing Merino/synthetic blends. Other common features are a comfort cuff to keep your socks up, thermal ribs and a pressure relieving Achilles pad, honeycomb padded ankle, and a padded seamless toebox.

The 4-Season Pro features a ventilated footbed. They are available in Black (not shown), Coyote, Ranger Green and Desert.

The Winter Pro incorporates a Primaloft footbed first added warmth. They are available in Black and Coyote.

Vibram Wrap Tech

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

At Outdoor Retailer Sole manufacturer Vibram showcased their Wrap Tech sole system.

This shoe from Brandblack features their Wrap & Go sole which eliminates material waste, beinging the sole up and over the sides of the shoe. It is heated and applied to the shoe.

Due to its properties, Wrap & Go ends up being a custom application for every shoe it’s applied to. This makes it great for use by cobblers.

Sneak Peek – Altama x Relv Camo Maritime Assault Shoe Collaboration

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Altama recently offered a peek inside their design lab, showcasing some prototypes of Maritime Assault Shoes in Relv Camo patterns.

What do you think? Should they offer them as Maritime Assault Shoes or roll them into the upcoming Urban Assault Series?