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Light Assault Boots  Light models with flexible midsoles are excellent for a fast moving environment that requires support but not at cost of excessive weight . Critical areas such as the outside shank area , sole compound ( Think VIBRAM) and abrasion level ? Is it a European or Hot climate boot (ie inner booties). Does it have features such as extreme abrasion-resistant materials like SuberFabic® to protect the boot whilst fast roping.  Jungle Boots: These range from mid- to high-cut models and are intended to operate in a close country environment. The  jungle boot  should be puncture-resistant to protect you from stepping on...

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Most of us master shoe-tying in primary school and don’t give our laces much thought after that. If your boots start to wear on your feet in uncomfortable ways, though, you’ll be glad to learn a few new lacing tricks that could help improve your comfort. Here are three simple ways to re-lace your boots to help relieve foot discomfort. It’s important to note that the lacing techniques described here aren’t a substitute for getting the right fit when you buy your boots. For that you need to see a combat/hiking footwear specialist ie Crossfire . It is also important...

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Backpacking Backpackers travel for distance rather than for the purpose of summiting mountains, though both backpacking and peak-bagging might be done on the same trip. This type of travel allows you to access remote areas on your own power. Trips may range from a couple of days to months depending on your objective. Seasoned backpackers recommend carrying no more than 1/3 of your body weight. Duration & Elevation: 2 days- multi-week trips over varying terrain. Technical: No technical climbing involved Pack: Carrying complete shelter, kitchen, layers, water and fuel. Pack weight ranges 16-25 kg Fitness Attributes: Strong legs/”mountain chasis”, Endurance Example Trip:...

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There are several factors that affect a person's comfort level when humping a pack into the great outdoors. The pack weight itself, the physical and mental condition of the packer, as well as the terrain and conditions within which one is traveling. When considering the topic of optimum pack weight, it is important to consider all of the above factors, holistically. Each person is unique and should spend time discovering for themselves their optimum pack weight(s). For instance, my  9.5kg 7-day pack (and 6.16kg , 3-day pack) are optimum for me. I invested the time to discover what felt best....

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  Feb 5, 2010 Kathy Espinoza | US Government Product News Duty belt discomfort is a common complaint and a significant health and safety issue for uniformed police personnel. Pain in the low back, hip and pelvis can be caused by pressure exerted by the edges of the duty belt, holster shank and other equipment attached to the belt. Further compounding the problem is the length of time officers are required to perform their job behind the wheel of the patrol car. Duty belts are designed to carry equipment in a readily accessible manner while leaving the officer's hands free....

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