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Posted on February 3, 2011
We first covered this story back in May, when the Army was testing three brands for the new Army mountain boot from Belleville, Danner and Wellco. All the boots were comparable to Danner’s combat hiker. Then in September, Danner scored $8.6M boot contract, which led many to believe Danner had the Army mountain combat boot contract in the bag.
However, it appears that isn’t the case. Yesterday Solider Systems reported that the Army selected Belleville’s design for its mountain combat boot under the Soldier Enhancement Program.
While it had previously seemed like Danner would be the sure choice, Belleville has cut right in to steal the show. The boot is said to have a mid-height when compared to standard-issue boots and is an ideal match to handle the uneven and challenging terrain of Afghanistan. Col. William Cole, project manager of Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, said a contract for 25,000 pairs is imminent, according to Soldier Systems.
Kit Up! has also covered this newsworthy update and included insights from the top officer in charge of Soldier Equipment as to why Belleville beat out Danner as the top pick.
Apparently Army wear-testers found the Belleville versions more appealing in a number of ways. This included being “slightly more comfortable, slightly better grip, slightly better fitting and, it turns out, they’re just a bit cheaper.” So, there you have it. The Belleville boot won by the slightest bit.
What do you think of the decision? Do you think Danner’s option is better?