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Posted on October 12, 2011
Looks like the Marines will be getting some different rugged all-terrain hot weather boots. According to Market Watch, LaCrosse Footwear recently announced that it received a $15.4 million delivery order for Danner’s USMC RAT boots. The company will be making multiple deliveries throughout the coming months.
Referring to it as the USMC RAT Hot, LaCrosse President and CEO Joseph P. Schneider stated that it had been used in Afghanistan’s mountains for more than four years and it still remains the leader in that category.
Specifically made for the United States Marine Corps, the boots are composed of full-grain leather and tear-resistant Denier nylon. To traverse the hellish mountain terrain, the RAT Hot has an awesomely heavy-duty outsole which is integrated with a Dri-Ice compound that provides both traction and flexibility. To battle abrasions and damage, it has a polyurethane protection surrounding the toe and heel.
Obviously, heat is one of the most important characteristics that came into play when designing the boot. The boot boasts Sea Breeze moisture wicking and ventilation holes on the medial side.
It has been speculated that the USMC RAT hot weather boot and the RAT cold weather boot will both become standard issue for Marines in 2012. We can only hope, right Marines?
How well do you think these Danner RATs will stand up to the harsh climate overseas?