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What Can I Use Paracord For?

What Can I Use Paracord For?

Posted on Aug 27, 2017 in Work Boots | 0 comments

Paracord has been available for years, but have you ever considered what you can do with it. Those that have already used it are usually in love with it. If you’re ready to start a love affair with paracord, you need to know all the things you can do with this invention. Not only can you have fun making key fobs, bracelets, belts, and other crafts with paracord, but you can do other useful survival techniques too. First, let’s go into detail about what paracord is.

What is Paracord Made of?

Paracord is a nylon rope. It is extremely lightweight and was first used by parachute jumpers during WWII. Soldiers found this miracle rope extremely useful. Soon after, soldiers and civilians started finding reasons to use the cord for everyday tasks. If you see paracord being referred to as Paracord 550, it means it has a breaking strength of 550lbs. Wow, is that strong!

How is Paracord Sold?

You can buy paracord just about anywhere. Paracord is usually sold in 100’ or 50’ lengths. For large projects, it can be purchased by the spool. It comes in many different colors. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts often use the cord to make survival bracelets, which is several feet of paracord woven into a wearable bracelet that can be worn in the field.

Paracord Purposes

Paracord is used for securing things, removing debris, strapping things together, or can even be used as a harness for a person. If needed, paracord could be used as a tourniquet to stop bleeding. You can even unravel the cord to use as fishing line or thread a needle to sew on a button. Below, is a huge, but not exclusive list of paracord purposes.
• Secure a tent
• Securing tarps to trees
• Hanging tools from your belt or neck
• Secure things to a backpack
• Securing a splint
• Create a belt to hold up your pants
• Make a sling
• Use as shoelaces
• Repair a broken zipper pull
• Creating a tow line
• Carrying a lanyard
• Clothesline
• Hanging something off the ground
• Creating a pulley system
• Making snares or traps
• Replacing missing strings
• Securing rolling items
• Tie objects together for easy transport
• Make a rope
• Rig a hammock
• Bundle stuff together
• Tie plants to stakes
• Pet collar and leash
• Secure a poncho for better coverage
• Tying stuff down, so it won’t blow away
• Creating a trip wire
• Makeshift hand cuffs
• Emergency dental floss
• Use as suture material

Paracord Shoelaces for Military Boots

One of our favorite purposes for paracord is as shoelaces for military boots. You need shoelaces, so why not use paracord anyways. This way you have paracord to use if you need it and your boots are staying laces as well too. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.

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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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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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Best Military Boots for Ruck Marching

Best Military Boots for Ruck Marching

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 in Military Boots | 0 comments

Have you ever ended up with bloody, swollen, or blistered feet after a ruck march? It’s part of life when you’re in the military. Eventually, your feet will adapt, but you’ll suffer the pain until you break the boots in. Marines, Airmen, and Sailors all perform ruck marches, and they all end up with painful feet. Thankfully, choosing the best military boots for ruck marching can help alleviate the pain and make your marches more comfortable.

Our Favorite 12-Mile Boots

At Military Boot Super Store, we’re always researching the best footwear options for our online store. We’ve chosen the best 12-mile boots here.
•    Reebok Dauntless – The Dauntless is one of the newer 12-mile boots on the market, but it’s built with a great history. The Reebok boot has an athletic feel with increased durability. The sole of the boot is sturdy and offers ventilation that will keep you comfortable during the entire march. A decreased heel-to-toe drop makes running easy, and the heel cup is exactly what you need when you’re traveling long distances.
•    Danner Tachyon – The Tachyon from Danner is one of the lightest boots on the market. Soldiers have stated it feels more like a pair of slippers than a tactical boot, which makes it an excellent choice for ruck marches. Because Danner created the Tachyon, it’s been trusted for years and one of the best options available.
If you’re not looking for a 12-miler boot, but would rather have an objective-based boot for a ruck run, we have those too. Check out some of our favorite objective-based boots below. It’s important to remember an objective-based boot is better worn in combat and bad weather such as mud, hail, rain, and sleet.
Objective-Based Boot Choices
If you’re looking for a military boot that can withstand anything, we have you covered. There are lots of options on the market, but we prefer footwear choices from Rocky and Belleville.

Rocky S2V– The S2V boot is one of the best selling boots on the market in the US. It’s viable, so it’s ideal for wear in cold weather. With this footwear, you’ll be able to tackle streams, climb mountains, or just get through the swampy terrain in Florida. The best part is no matter where you go; you can expect to get through it without any blisters – even when you’re carrying heavy loads on your back. The S2V is also available with enhancements that make it easier to wear.
Belleville 600 ST – The Belleville 600 ST is excellent for everyday wear because it uses durability and ultralight construction. It makes carrying heavy loads easy and is built with the best craftsmanship in history.
At Military Boot Super Store, we want to help you stay comfortable. Whether you’re getting ready for combat or preparing for a ruck march, we have exactly what you need. If you have questions or would like us to help you choose what’s right for you – give us a call. We’re ready to help.

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Best Features of a Rugged Work Boot

Best Features of a Rugged Work Boot

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 in Work Boots | 0 comments

Whether you’re walking, working, or exploring the tough terrain, you need to count on your footwear to increase your underfoot stability. Dry or murky ever changing weather can turn a regular work day into a nightmare. But, if you have the right work boots, your adventures or shifts will be easier to tackle. To get the most for your money, we’ve provided some tips to help you choose footwear with the best features of a rugged work boot.

Rugged Work Boot Features

To be considered one of our favorite work boots, footwear needs to have many unique features. The most important features of a work boot revolve around the safety toe, soles, and appearance. Not all boots will have the same features, but you need to look specifically at the toes, soles, and what the boot likes like.

Safety Toe Features

Safety toes can be steel, aluminum, or composite. If you don’t need a safety toe, you’ll choose a soft toe. If a protective toe is required for your work or your protection, you’ll select one of the choices above. What will help you choose the material you should select include the tasks you plan to complete and the temperature in the environment you will be working in.
For example, if you are at significant risk of compression or compact injuries and work in a cold environment, you should choose a work boot with a steel safety toe. On the other hand, if you need a safety toe to protect from injuries, but your environment doesn’t get frigid, you can probably choose an aluminum toe boot. When compared head to head, a steel toe and aluminum toe boot will protect just about the same, but aluminum toe shoes will be lighter than others. Once you’ve decided what protective toe is right, it’s time to think about the soles of your new work boot.

How to Choose the Best Sole for a Work Boot

You’ve narrowed down your work boot choices by selecting a protective toe. Now, it’s time to look at the soles of the boots you’ve narrowed it down to. The most popular choices you’ll see in our online store include those with a rubber, ethylene vinyl acetate, or polyurethane soles.
Rubber soles are a favorite work boot choice because they are resistant to slips. Ethylene vinyl acetate is another excellent choice because it’s light and extremely flexible. Lastly, polyurethane is resistant to chemicals. Consider all the options and how they apply to your work environment. By doing this, you can easily choose a sole/protective toe combo that will meet your needs. But, you’re not done yet. To avoid buyer’s remorse, you also must consider appearances. Naturally, we don’t expect you to choose boots just based on looks, but you may have uniform requirements such as black boots.
If you’re choosing a work boot that is lightly colored, you also may want to consider the materials you work with daily. For instance, if you work with oil or gas on a regular basis, you probably don’t want to choose a tan boot. But, don’t let color choices get you down. Most boot options in our online store are offered in many colors including black, brown, and green.

Shop Military Boot Super Store for Great Deals and Many Options

When you shop Military Boot Super Store, you’ll have lots of options to choose from every day. We’ve made it our business to provide the boot wearing community with access to the best footwear on the market for a variety of different careers.

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