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Posted on November 16, 2011
Danner has created its lightest boot to date. Rumored to be officially unveiled at Shot Show 2012, the Melee is designed for close quarter combat and “quick smash and grab missions.”
Defense News first reported on the high-speed boot during the Modern Day Marine show in late September. Designed for urban missions, the Melee will provide enough stability and durability to carry heavy loads over long distances, if necessary.
“This boot is all about light and fast,” said Ryan Cade, Danner’s product line manager for uniform and military products. “We stripped out all unnecessary weight. We are trying to provide the lightest footwear without sacrificing lethality.”
In order to increase comfort levels, the sole is made up of EVA. It’s treated with an abrasion-resistant coating to maximize its durability. The inner arch is constructed of a hardy Vibram compound called V-4 ultra-abrasion rubber, which especially comes in handy during fast roping.
The Danner Melee will be available in canvas, rough-out tan leather and full-grain black leather and three-inch, six-inch and eight-inch heights. Obviously, the canvas is the lightest and weighs in at 30 ounces. It will also be available for women with half sizes sold three through 12, with full sizes from 13 through 16. All sizes are available in wide and extra wide.
Its suggested retail is somewhere between $120 and $170.