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Is there a Jungle Boot Revolution on the Horizon?

Posted on May 18, 2017 in Jungle Boots | 0 comments

For the last 15 years, boot manufacturers have focused their jungle boot efforts in making sure the footwear can handle the effects of desert sand. However, times are changing – especially in the Marine Corps. Rumor has it, the Marine Corps sea bag has a new boot in mind. What is it, you ask? It’s a jungle boot that is designed to handle the challenges Marines face in jungle climates.

Hunt for a Tropical Weather Boot Started in December 2015

We may just now be hearing about the Marine’s plans to revolutionize the classic jungle boot, but the search actually started in December 2015. Commandant Gen. Robert Neller envisioned the jungle boot optional footwear as something Marines could purchase based on need. But, the tide has changed, and the Marines are now considering a tropical design to replace the hot-weather combat boot entirely. What this means is if the change is put in place, Marines will be issued a tropical boot instead of a hot-weather boot.

Why a Change in Marine Footwear is Needed

Neller has worked with Marine clothing experts to design footwear that would better serve those enlisted. Specifically, Neller wanted a boot that was more durable, lighter, and had a faster drying time than options currently on the market. He also asked manufacturers to create a self-cleaning outsole that would shed dirt and mud on its own. Lastly, he wanted the boot to be resoleable extending durability. With a resoleable sole, a Marine would have the option of taking the boots to a cobbler for repair rather than purchasing another pair.

How Long Before Tropical Weather Boots may be Standard Issue?

If you’re on the fence about when to buy your next pair of hot weather boots, it’s important to note that the tropical weather boots as standard issue for Marines is probably at least a year or so away. While Marines wait for a lighter, longer-lasting military boot, the prototypes will be put through dozens of field test. In the summer of 2017, Marines in San Diego and Hawaii will be wearing tropical weather prototypes to see how they compare in comfort and durability. In total, there are four manufactures in the race to get the tropical weather footwear contract including Danner, Bates Footwear, Rocky, and Altama.

As soon as a decision is made, you can count on Military Boot Super Store to break the news. We carry Danner and Rocky in our inventory and will have new stock as soon as a decision is made by the Marine Corps. While you wait for the new tropical weather boots to be issued for purchase, check out the huge collection of boots currently on the market.

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Jungle Boot Facts

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 in Jungle Boots | 0 comments

Jungle boots were created nearly 70 years ago. Today, this type of boot is still worn by soldiers all over the globe. Although the technology and some of the craftsmanship used to create the boots has changed over time, jungle boots have remained popular because of the timeless and useful design.

World War II Soldiers needed a Military Boot for Unusual Terrain

Jungle boots were created out of need. During World War II, soldiers were struggling with difficult terrain in Panama. The climate in Panama was extremely damp and surrounded by streams and rivers. Unfortunately, the traditional military issues combat boot wasn’t sufficient for managing this difficult terrain. In fact, many soldiers were suffering from “jungle foot, “ a dangerous bacterial or fungus infection that could make it impossible for soldiers to wear their boots. Jungle foot occurred because traditional combat boots filled with moisture or water, which later lead to infection. Eventually, the jungle boot was created and reduced the risk of infection due to wet boots dramatically. altama 8553 men panama boot

Jungle Boots are made for Tropical Environments

Although the boots were initially created for World War II soldiers, the footwear became the go-to boot for anybody who was entering a tropical environment. By design the jungle boot was able to dry quickly and featured a unique outsole, the Panama outsole, which made it easier for soldiers to travel on uneven, rocky, or unpredictable terrain.

Jungle Features Bonuses over the Years

As mentioned above, the basic design of the jungle boot has been the same for generations. However, the technology used in these boots has evolved. Today, some boot companies have added different types of shanks, puncture resistance protections, and even developed a jungle boot that was able to handle desert conditions too.

Buy Altama or Wellco Jungle Boots

Today, the two most popular manufacturers of jungle boots are Altama and Wellco. To find the right jungle boots from either of these retailers, please feel free to browse our extensive online inventory. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Altama or Wellco jungle boots, please feel free to leave us a comment below.

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What are Jungle Boots?

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 in Jungle Boots | 0 comments

Jungle boots are worn my members of the military all over the world. When you are shopping for military boots, you may come across the term jungle boot, and wonder just exactly what jungle boots are.  In this blog, we will go over exactly what jungle boots are, what type of environment they should be used in, and wear these particular boots are suitable and comfortable to wear.

How Jungle Boots are Different than Other Types of Combat Boots

The biggest difference between jungle boots and other types of military boots are the way this footwear is constructed. To help keep feet dry and to control moisture in a jungle boot this particular footwear is created with vent holes in the instep. Some jungle boot manufacturers will even add canvas uppers to their design. This addition helps to further alleviate moisture in the boot and also increases ventilation. However, debris, dirt, and sand cannot enter the boots through the insteps or drainage vents.

Hot, Wet, and Humid Environments are Easier to Handle with Jungle Boots on Your Feet

Due to their unique design, jungle boots are great for use in hot, wet, and humid environments. Since these environments are most common in jungles, it makes perfect sense that this style of boot is called the jungle boot. Aiding in comfort is the fact that these boots are made to handle tense situations, especially long treks through the jungle.

What You Should Know when you Buy Jungle Boots

When you buy jungle boots, you need to realize that your feet will not stay dry. In jungle situations, it would be nearly impossible to create a boot that would keep feet perfectly dry. However, jungle boots are designed to let this moisture drain, so your feet can stay as comfortable as possible when you are on your feet. Due to their design, jungle boots also dry faster than other types of military boots, which means you may not have to deal with wet feet for days after being submerged.

Jungle Boot Options

When you are shopping for jungle boots in our inventory, you will realize that not all jungle boots are created exactly the same. For instance, some jungle boots are made for tropical jungle environments and others are made for other types of jungles. Different manufacturers will also add different types of soles to their combat boots. One of the most popular jungle boot soles is the Panama sole. In addition to a difference in soles, some of these combat boots will also have different support and protection elements. Some boots may have a steel plate in the toe area and others may use nylon reinforcements to protect the neck of the boot. It is important to think about the types of risks you may experience in the field when you are determining what additional features you would like to see in your jungle boots.

When you need great jungle boots from the best manufacturers in the combat boot industry, you will find exactly what you need in our extensive military boot inventory. If you have any questions about our jungle boots, or our services; please feel free to contact us.

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