Monday, 9 November 2009

Magnum has launched the Elite Force 8.0 WPi, the world’s first tactical boot

As an ex soldier I have realised the importance of a good pair of boots. I know a lot of servicemen buy themselves boots and other equipment to make life more bearable. Army issue boots are usually ok , but ok is not always what you want. I used Magnum boots in the 1980swhen I served in Northern Ireland, because they were light durable and comfortable. Over the years I have used Magnum boots, in the regular army Territorial army and in civilian employment in the security world. As a civilian pastime I do a lot of hiking in the Lake District. I normally use a standard hiking boot, but I had the opportunity to use try Magnum. What I liked about these boots from the outset was the comfort. Gone are the days when you had to break your boots in, like my time in basic training where you had to leave your boots in hot water overnight to soften up, I even knew of soldiers driving army vehicles over them to make them more pliable. I am happy to say that I didn’t need to drive my car over them and they fit like a glove. I decided to test drive the Magnum boots on a 5k walk into the Lake District hills near Grizedale Forest. I didn’t want to be to ambitious as I didn’t know how the boots would fair, I even brought a spare pair of boots in my day sack just incase. I wore a good pair of socks and set off at my normal pace. It was dry when I set out, but then as usually happens in the Lakes the heavens opened up and I was completely drenched but was suitable attired in Gortex clothing and soldiered on.

My feet remained dry and warm throughout, I did not wade through any rivers or anything as extreme but it parts the walk was boggy and the water level did come up to my ankles, without any leaks. As I took my foot out of the water, the boots became instantly dry like water of a ducks back for want of a better expression. I’m sure these boots will do exactly as they say on the box, but I wasn’t prepared to open up an artery to test whether my blood would soak through. I made it back to my car with my spare pair of boots still in my day sack. I did take my Magnums off to drive home, my feet were perfectly dry and without any blisters, which would have been unheard of with a brand new pair of military issue boots. These boots look the part and more importantly they can walk the walk as well. This was obviously the first time I have worn them, so I cant comment on how long they will last long term, so I would gibe them a 9 out of 10. I would defiantly recommend these boots to members of the Armed Forces (You can get desert style for Afghanistan) and most definitely for the emergency services, especially the police and ambulance as they tend to get blood on them from time to time. If you would like to test a pair of these boots why not become a
“Official Field Testers” I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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