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Posted on March 23, 2011
Along with the new bullet-stopping helmet, U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan will be receiving new boots in the coming months.
After two years of a multi-phase competition, the U.S. Army has selected the Belleville 950 combat mountain hiker, according to a recent article published byThe Tennessean. Providing better grip and fit, the Belleville 950 accommodates the footwear needs of soldiers carrying combat loads across the mountainous Afghan terrain.
The Belleville 950’s outsole is composed of Vibram bifida. It is 20 percent thicker than similarly designed boots, which increases traction when navigating the rugged landscape. Made from nubuck leather, the boot is smooth and water resistant. Although the boots are ideal for hiking and traversing uneven terrain, they are not ideal for full-time use reported the Strategy Page.
Set to deliver 25,000 pairs, Belleville will be dispersing the boots over the next four months. Due to the pressing need for the footwear, they will not be available to the public until later this year. For nearly a decade, the military’s stance on combat boots has evolved. Assimilating characteristics of hikers, they have adapted a new form of combat boot that is more comfortable and durable than the previous generations.
The Army Times explained that the boots will be transitioning from mountain brown to the new olive green this spring.