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Posted on September 1, 2011
Taking a turn for the tactical, Nike developed the Special Field Boot ($130), or SFB, if you will. While it’s been on the market for a few years in the colors desert tan and black, the boot will be available in sage green in just a matter of weeks.
First embarking on this mission in 2004, its R&D team started to figure out just what military soldiers needed out of their footwear. Plunging head first into this endeavor, they decided to create a boot that could also be versatile enough to meet the requirements of special law enforcement and other first responders.
According to this Nike page, the team kept in mind the wisdom of Nike co-founder Major Bill Bowerman. Major Bowerman often emphasized the importance of making footwear as lightweight as possible.
But is this really applicable to military boots? The team’s research showed that the modern day hero needed to be fast and light on his feet. So yes… it really should be as lightweight as possible.
So far the feedback has been mostly positive, such as seen on Hands to War. “Nike came into this market with an amazing first offer, and I will continue to recommend these boots to every soldier, Marine, and tactical shooting enthusiast I meet,” writes Chase Campbell.
On a scale from 1-10, how important is it that your boots are lightweight?