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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2005, 16:48:06 »
MK III with Vibram.   Just make sure your cobbler uses a good glue or adds toe screws.   Lesson learned.   :'(

The nails in the toe scare me silly working around electrical equipment... good conducting path... I've got them, but they still make me nervous.

That being said, with the vibram soles (I've got a chit), the old combat boots are actually great... durable, comfortable, and unlike the goretex boots, they dry out quickly when wet.
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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2005, 20:14:47 »
Gentlemen.  Good insoles are available at the MIR.  The Spenco insoles are awesome and free.  I believe we are entitled to 2 pair a year.  I use them in all my boots.  CF safety boots,  Cbt boots, and Issued Matterhorns (awesome boots too).  Due to an injury I have all my boots vibram soled as well.  If it weren't for the Spencos the CF would be paying a small fortune for orthotics.
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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2005, 20:20:31 »
Do you need a chit to get them?

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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2005, 10:51:40 »
Do you need a chit to get them?

Yes, at least at the HCC in Ottawa.

Something you may want to look into are Original SWAT Boots, I picked up a pair of tan ones off the internet for less than $70CAN. Super light weight, great cushioning, breathable, the best boots I have worn by far. I did the DANCON march last week in them, 25kms with a 15kg ruck, they were outstanding!
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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #29 on: October 06, 2005, 17:41:06 »
MikeL.  I've Been at 3 different bases since I started using them (2VP Winnipeg, CFSME Gagetown and Cold Lake) and I have never required a chit.  I just go to the pharmacy and ask for them.  They check on the computer and if it has been a year or more they give me a set.  At CFSME I filled out the nonprescription drug request that we get on course and they came the next day.  Hell I even got a set in Alert!  In short, it doesn't hurt to ask and if you need a chit get one.  You only have 2 feet and the're yours for life.
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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2005, 20:12:56 »
Has annyone seen the cadpat boots prototypes??? Man, those are uggly and seem to be a pain to maintain

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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2005, 20:29:20 »
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Has annyone seen the cadpat boots prototypes??? Man, those are uggly and seem to be a pain to maintain

I hope that this isn't some kind of joke (the post, that is....).

Whether the boots are ugly or not isn't really relevant. We're not talking about the runways of Paris or Milan. Are they effective? That's the issue. Not much point being all cammed up in CADPAT, and having a pair of black boots attached to the CADPAT body, now is there?? As somebody in another post (another forum??) mentioned, black is not a good colour, as far as the colour/IR spectrum goes. Absorbs too much heat (I wear a black beret, and I know that it absorbs a lot of heat in the sun..... the term sun-F&%*ed must have been invented by a crewman....) and shows up a lot easier with thermal viewers than CADPAT.

And if the whole issue about the maintenance has to do with them not being black (ie black polish for black boots), I hope you aren't serious. I have heard more than a few mental-midgets comment about how we'd have to get CADPAT polish to keep them clean. Ummmmmm, I think a clear paste would do the job.

Anyway, I haven't seen them around lately, and I haven't looked at the CTS site in some time, so I don't know their status, but no doubt some fashion-oriented clown somewhere squashed the idea because they were more concerned with looks than performance and/or effectiveness.

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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #32 on: October 09, 2005, 13:10:12 »
At first, no joke, I have seen those on tv. Of coure, a whole cadpat uniform could be a good idea,  but in my opinion, those boots are not good looking. And yes, the officier interviewed (capt. Perron if I recall) said and quote "ces bottes sront tout un défi pour les militaires au niveau de l'entretien, ceci étant du à la nature du cuir". Translation: "These boots will be quite a challenge to maintain due to the chemicals in the leather."

And I do question the fact that black is not a proper color. Yes, fro field clothing, such as shirt or pants, I agree with you, but the soil is mainly black, wherever you are. So I still believe black boots are good.

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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #33 on: October 09, 2005, 13:21:25 »
there's no such thing as black soil.
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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2005, 13:28:55 »
Black isn't a natural color in nature. So its tends to stick out.

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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #35 on: October 09, 2005, 13:30:58 »
IF they were to get these boots (which I just looked on the CTS page, and it is in "definition" status.... read the page for what that means), I'm about 99% sure that it will only go to soldiers that are deploying overseas, so it won't be a garrison boot. So it will come down to being for specific operations, as needed, I'm guessing. And even if it is a day-to-day boot, so what. People didn't like the CADPAT at first because it "looked stupid", but have now become used to it. And more to the point, it could very well be a more effective boot than what we currently have (WWB and Mark III), which is what really matters.

Here's the link for a picture (and the relatively current info ref this boot:) http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/Chief_Land_Staff/Clothe_the_soldier/hab/2/261_e.asp

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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #36 on: October 09, 2005, 13:40:11 »
There are currently some prototypes of these boots out being trialled now. As no specific cadpat design has yet been chosen, they are listed as "in definition." There were some problems with dying the leather right through so that the cadpat design stayed apparent even when the boot was scuffed up. My latest update from CTS advised that this has now been overcome and that the boots would be issued with a green paste for upkeep.
If you scroll down the CTS link below, you will see that the entitlement is for 2 pr per entitled member. Each army soldier (RegF & ResF) will eventually get their 2 pair, as well as Air/Sea DEU employed in support of land ops. Strongly suspect that personnel deploying on International Ops will be first in line as they should be, the rest will follow.
Perhaps the "Bomber" (employed in the CTS Cell) has some more recent info about this item of kit. My last update was Aug 05.
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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #37 on: October 09, 2005, 20:46:59 »
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If you scroll down the CTS link below, you will see that the entitlement is for 2 pr per entitled member. Each army soldier (RegF & ResF) will eventually get their 2 pair, as well as Air/Sea DEU employed in support of land ops. Strongly suspect that personnel deploying on International Ops will be first in line as they should be, the rest will follow.

I read the entitlement part, but seeing as how some of the kit that is labeled "In service" has yet to make it's way down the food-chain (ie the ICE jacket), something that is "in definition" will probably take an inordinately long time to make it to the bottom-feeders (such as myself). This is why I cringe when I look at the Equipment forum, and see newbies asking when they are getting issued the JTF-ninja-sniper invisibility cloak, because they saw somebody on TV with it on, and gosh darn it!!!, they have 3 weeks in the military, and DESERVE it!!!!

As a somewhat amusing aside, I was instructing on a DP3A course earlier this year, and a fellow Strathcona broke his arm in the turret of the Coyote, and when the medics came out to look at him, they cut his ICE jacket off. We begged them not to do it, and I am still somewhat traumatized by the memory of a perfectly good ICE jacket being cut. I saw the same fella about a month ago (5-6 months after said incident) and guess what?!? He didn't get a new jacket, and has to wear the old Goretex jacket. The horror!!! The horror!!!!!

So, short story long, I wouldn't be holding my breath to see these boots on anybody (except pers trialling them) anytime soon.......

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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #38 on: October 09, 2005, 21:46:56 »
I remember reading that as the Americans transition from woodland to MARPAT and ACU that they are also transitioning to a boot that has low-maintenance suede (commonly used in desert boots), as opposed to any leather that requires some form of maintenance.


The CF Temperate Combat Boots (from Matterhorn?):

http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/Chief_Land_Staff/Clothe_the_soldier/hab/images/items/Photo6-1_b.jpg

Though they have leather that is thoroughly dyed, and will keep it's colour when scuffed, they still need maintenance.


The DANNER® USMC TEMPERATE WATERPROOF 8" BOOT:

http://www.actiongear.com/cgi-bin/tame.exe/agcatalog/picsxl.tam?picsxl=dmb05_07.jpg


The CORCORAN® USMC HOT WEATHER BOOT:

http://www.actiongear.com/cgi-bin/tame.exe/agcatalog/picsxl.tam?picsxl=mmb01.jpg

 
Thoughts/opinions regarding maintenance and cam in a boot's design?
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Re: Favourite boots?
« Reply #39 on: October 10, 2005, 22:36:29 »
On another forum I'm on, theres some US Soldiers, they all seem to like the new boots, but are unsure how it'll hold up in the winter. Also, Danner doesn't make the issue USMC Boots, Bellvue makes them, and the US Army ones.