Belleville 950 En Route To Afghanistan

U.S. Marines, Afghan National Army soldiers, and U.S. Army soldiers walk down the mountains over the Depak Valley, Afghanistan. UPI/Teddy Wade/U.S. Army

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.

Picture from Kit Up! website.

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.

One Comment on “Belleville 950 En Route To Afghanistan

  1. Was issued two pairs of these via RFI for a trip to Afghanistan. They are worthless. The boot is so thick, you cannot feel your toe to get an idea where your toe is in relation to the end of the boot (sizing). The soles are so thick, they will not break in. The sole bends up at the toe and heel so far, I cannot get either heel or toe to make contact with the ground when I walk unless I over-exaggerate when I walk. Also, the nifty little locking mechanism on the laces is the worst idea I’ve seen in eight years of service. The lock the laces to the point that you have to go to the bottom line of laces and tighten each one individually, then hold the laces as tight as possible, try to lock the laces when keeping them taught and hope that this process works. In short, when you need to put these things on in a hurry, you can’t. Also, you cannot tighten the laces to the point of keeping the laces tight from bottom to top. What does this mean? Blisters. Enjoy your blisters. Instead of wasting my taxpayer dollars, the Army should just give you a $200 allotment before deployment for you to use towards boots. If it is over $200, that is your issue. If under, pocket it. If you decide to not purchase boots, tough.

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