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What does OCP mean in the Army?

What does OCP mean in the Army?

Posted on Dec 26, 2017 in Military Boots | 0 comments

OCP (Operational Camouflage Pattern) was codenamed Scorpion W2, and introduced to the United States Army in 2015. Although the OCP was initially conceived around 2005. The military camouflage US Army uniform is called the Camouflage OCP uniform. The Army felt it was time to transition traditional ACUs to a new pattern to meet the needs of today’s soldier.

When will the OCP be standard issue?

To make it easier to institute, the OCP is being transitioned slowly. Eventually, the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) will be replaced entirely. Not only does this reduce cost associated with new uniforms, but also makes distribution easier. The transition initialized in April 2015 and is expected to be complete by 2019. The first troops to receive the OCP were soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Europe, and parts of Africa.

The OCP will also replace the MultiCam pattern. Previously, the MultiCam was worn by select troops. Usually, troops headed to Afghanistan were issued the MultiCam. In the future, all soldiers will receive the new OCP uniform.

What other changes came with the change to OCP?

When the OCP was introduced to soldiers in 2015, so was new footwear requirements. The majority of OCP approved footwear today must be coyote tan or desert tan. At Military Boot Superstore, we have a variety of Army-approved tan boots to choose from. We’ve categorized our entire inventory by color, style, and size, which makes it easy for you to find exactly what you need fast.

If you have any questions about the 8” military boots in our online store – please let us know by contacting us online today.

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3 Must Have Components of Military Boots

3 Must Have Components of Military Boots

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 in Military Boots | 0 comments

When you enlist in the military, you agree to protect and serve your country. It’s one of the most important and tough jobs on the planet. Not only are you obligated to protect others, but you need to take time to protect yourself as well. One way you can do this easily is to choose the right work boots. A military boot that meets your needs and uniform requirements will do just that. When you’re shopping for new military boots, you need to make sure your footwear choices have these three components.

1: Comfort and Durability

Whether you’re in the Air Force, Marines, Navy, or Army, you need work boots that aren’t going to wear out after a few dozen miles. Additionally, you need a boot option that will handle any extreme environmental issues. All boot choices should have ample toe room. If you’re in the Army, you’ll want to make sure the footwear is made of cattlehide leather. You’ll also want lightweight boots that don’t sacrifice protection for weight. If you can do all of this without causing any pain to your feet, you’ll be protected well.

2: Adaptable and Versatile

Another huge component of choosing work boots is versatility and adaptability. Eventually, you’re going to find yourself in tough situations, and you need to make sure your footwear can quickly adapt to any circumstance. Military boots are made to stand up to the pressures of this lifestyle. Whether on or off-duty, you can handle anything with military boot choices.

3: Uniform Compliant

If you’re already enlisted, you know how important it is to be uniform compliant. We label all of our boots according to ASTM and AR670-1 compliance. All of our authorized Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard boot choices meet AR670-1 compliance. We understand how important everything is…from boot height to the proper materials, we’ve got you covered.

Let us help you keep your feet safe and protected while you take care of doing the same for this country. Our understanding of what you need and is required of you allows us to meet your military boot requirements.

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When should I replace my military boots?

When should I replace my military boots?

Posted on Dec 4, 2017 in Military Boots | 0 comments

There’s no surefire way to tell exactly when you’ll have to replace your military boots. Like your truck, the lifespan of your tactical boots has a ton to do with how you wear them, where you wear them, and how many miles you put on them before retiring them. However, anyone can agree, when you begin to doubt your boot’s ability to protect and perform, it’s time to shop for a new pair of boots.

Signs it’s Time to Retire Your Work Boots

Most signs that it’s time to retire your work boots are visual. Below, we’ll go over some visual cues that will let you know it’s time to replace your military boots.

Wear and Tear

If the protective component of the boot starts to show through the leather, your boots are enjoying their last days hitting the pavement. Protective components to keep your eye on include the metatarsal guard, steel shank, reinforced toe, or steel midsole.

Dented Steel or Composite Toe

If you dent your steel toe, it will fail to spring back into place. If this happens, your vulnerable to compression or impact injuries. Composite toe boots are less likely to show physical signs of damage. However, if you experience a major impact or puncture, you need to examine the footwear for damage and replace if your safety is compromised.

Separation at the Seams

If your boots are made with PVC materials or rubber, you might begin to see visible separation at the seams. When this happens, it’s time to get new shoes. Not only are the boots compromised structurally, they won’t look very professional as well.

Worn-Out Tread

When you’re examining the exterior of your military boots, it’s a good time to check out the sole as well. If your tread is getting worn-out, you won’t experience traction and stability as well as you should have. If the tread is smooth, you lose your slip-resistance. After all, you wouldn’t drive a truck in the snow with bald tires, so why would you wear bald military boots.

Leaks

If you work in damp, wet environments, or exposure to hazardous chemicals and corrosive materials, you need to make sure your boots have no leaks. If you have any leakage, you need to order a new pair of military boots promptly. Remember, it isn’t just about keeping your feet comfortable. In this situation, it’s about keeping them healthy as well. Wet shoes breed bacteria and fungus, which promotes foot disease and infection as well.

We understand the cost of military boots can cause you to delay the purchase. However, once you know how to spot the signs of a worn-out pair of boots, you’ll never want to delay the purchase again. By replacing your work boots when is appropriate, you’re helping to protect your safely on the job.

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What’s the ASTM Standard F2413-11 Mean?

What’s the ASTM Standard F2413-11 Mean?

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 in Military Boots | 0 comments

So, you just started a new job and one of the uniform requirements is to have a certain type of work boot. Specifically, the work boot needs to meet ASTM F2413-11 safety standards. But, what does that mean? Read all the information below to understand exactly what you need.

ASTM F2413-11 Safety Standard Explained

If you look up the ASTM F2413-11 safety standards online, you’ll probably find a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo that’s hard to understand. Here, we’re going to break it down for you. In general, the ASTM F2413-11 safety standard explains requirements for a protective (safety) toe cap.

Why Employers Require ASTM F2413-11 Rated Footwear

Employers often require this type of footwear for their employees because it has undergone testing that ensures it meets minimum design, performance, and classification requirements. A boot with this particular ASTM safety standard certification provides a good fit, is functional, and designed to be worn to protect against workplace hazards that could result in injuries at work.

Performance Expectations for ASTM F2413-11 Footwear

Some boot manufacturers may advertise an option as having a safety toe, but it’s important to understand the differences between these footwear options and whether the brand meets certain specifications. Footwear given an ASTM F2413-11 safety standard means it meets the performance requirements for the following causations:

  • Impact resistance for the toe area
  • Metatarsal protection that reduces the chance of injury to the metatarsal bones
  • Compression resistance for the toe area
  • Conductive properties that reduce hazards from electricity buildup
  • Conductive properties that reduce the possibility of ignition explosives and volatile chemicals
  • Conductive properties that reduce hazards due to excessively low footwear resistance
  • Puncture resistance bottoms
  • Chain saw cut resistant
  • Dielectric insulation

At Military Boot Super Store, we offer dozens of boot options that meet ASTM F2413-11 safety requirements. If you have any questions about whether a certain military boot meets this requirement – send us a message and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

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How to Tie Your Military Boots

How to Tie Your Military Boots

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 in Military Boots | 0 comments

If you’re a soldier, you tie your military boots every day. In the morning, at night – you probably don’t think twice about it. After all, you’ve probably been tying your shoes since you were in kindergarten. But, if you get caught with your boots untied, you know you’re going to be in trouble. To help you avoid a mishap, we’re going to go over the best way to tie for boots.

Choose the Right Laces

Do you just accept the laces that come with your new boots? Did you know that the material your laces is made of is extremely important? It’s true, it is. Not only that, but the way you lace your boot pays a big part in the overall fit and performance of the footwear.

Laces use to be made of fibers, hemp, or cotton. Eventually, most manufacturers opted to switch to synthetic materials. But, the biggest use with synthetic materials is it’s slippery. Slippery laces is the fastest way to have your show come untied. Doesn’t sound like that big of deal until you realize a loose boot also causes friction. And, friction causes sores, blisters, and other unpleasantness.

Most soldiers will tell you, if you aren’t lacing up your tactical boots with 550 cord, you may as well not use laces at all. Afterall – 550 cord is used to maintain parachutes for hundreds of jumps, so you can use it confidently to keep your boots tied. To lace your military boots with 550 cord; cut it into 2’ to 3’ strands, gut the cords, take the white strands out, and then burn the ends. It’s important to always use an overhand knot with 550 cord to make sure it stays laced.

Understanding How to Lace Boots Properly

Tactical boots worn by soldiers usually have a pattern of aglets for laces. One of the most popular brands that uses a hybrid pattern of eyelets is the Rocky S2V. Rocky is fond of speedlacing systems. The systems vary from one brand to the other, but all of the system cinch boot uppers tight to the boot’s tongue in an effort to stabilize the ankles. Some tactical boots use eyelets that enter the loop horizontally. The loop creates a turn that helps keep the lace tied.

There you have it, the best way to tie your military boots. Remember to choose a reputable tactical boot with a speed lace system, and you won’t have to constantly worry about your boots coming untied.

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Break in Your Military Boots – Or You’ll Be Sad

Break in Your Military Boots – Or You’ll Be Sad

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 in Military Boots | 0 comments

When it comes to military footwear, you have to choose wisely. Wearing the right military boots can be the difference between a blissful 12-miler and five days of blisters. Luckily, there are a few ways you can break in your boots, which will make it easier to wear. Below, we’ll go over how to break boots fast and easy.

Identify Friction Points

As soon as your new boots arrive, you need to try them on. Wearing normal tactical boots isn’t the same as buying a new pair of sneakers. Instead, you have to really take time with the boots to make them fit right. What this means is you can’t just put them on and take a few steps around the living room. Instead, you really need to wear the boots before you can determine if they’re right for you. When you first put the boots on, you need to determine if there are any friction points.

Some friction points can be caused by a flaw in stitching or not wearing the right socks with the proper boots. If you wear the boot a few times and it’s still uncomfortable, you may need to move onto the next brand or swap it out for a different size.

A Tight Boot Will Never Stretch Enough to be Comfortable

Many people will try on a boot that feels tight and assume that it will stretch enough to be comfortable. While this is kind of true, it’s important to remember that the boot will never stretch enough to be comfortable, if it’s the wrong size.

The same goes for a military boot that is too big. Usually, you can wear a boot that is about a half size too big easily. But if the boot is more than a half size big, it won’t magically shrink. Wearing different socks may help with the boot being too big, but it won’t magically fix a sizing problem.

Wear the Boots for Day to Day Tasks before Handling Major Tasks

Before you tackle a grueling 12-miler, you need to make sure your boots fit right and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Instead of busting them out of the box for a trying task wear the boots to do simple day to day tasks. You don’t have to do anything grueling, but make sure to put a few miles on the footwear to make sure they feel great.

After a few days of daily wear, the military boot will begin to shape to your foot. Evidence of breaking in your boots begins in the toes and works its way to the top of the foot and eventually the heel. If you feel any pressure on the top of your foot – try working with the laces. Really tight lacing can cause undo pressure on your foot and make the boot feel uncomfortable. If you can’t get the tension in the laces right, try crosslacing for better comfort.

Dunk, Drench, or Fill Boots with Water

Another common practice used to break in footwear is to dunk, drench, or fill boots with water. The reason this is so popular is because it allows the leather to be saturated, which can cause a form fitting feel to the foot. Any boot made with leather will respond to this process because it allows the leather to shrink, which creates a formed fit around the foot.

If you want to try this, it’s important to do it on a sunny day and use lean water. Only allow the boot to soak up water for a few minutes before draining it. Summer boots and winter boots will react differently to this process, so it’s important to keep that in mind. Next, put the boots on with rucking socks and wear them until the footwear has dried completely. It takes time for this process to complete, but many people swear this is the best way to break in a pair of leather boots.

No matter how you choose to break in your new boots, it’s important to remember that forcing your foot to fit in an uncomfortable boot will only cause you pain. Foot and calf pain will only get worse if the military boots aren’t broken in or simply don’t fit.

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