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The evolution of the humble external frame pack from the intial Kelty pack designed in 1952 for the civilian market to the famous ( some would say infamous) ALICE Pack adopted by armies the world over in various forms and variants. Can we learn from old traditional designs, or techniques and apply them to modern design? Are all earlier design's and technology inferior?

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The Rocky S2V boots have always been a step above other combat boots in the market.  The Enhanced Jungle Boot ( EJB) continues that proud legacy.  The normal quality of build and bombproof materials and eyelets continue. Other features include ankle stability ( minimising stress on your knee's) and an embedded thorn shield across the band polyurethane sole technology. The EJB is not waterproof but permeable fabric allows this boot to provide extra safety resistance for additional protection. Partnered with Rockys unique live draining system the EJB actually pushes water out as you walk to your feet dry faster ( approx 30-45 minutes to...

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Gone are the days when backpacking/ hiking consisted of strapping on a huge external frame and lumbering through the sticks or up a mountain in the back blocks with an aching body. Trends in backpacks these days err towards minimalism and thoughtful, ergonomic design with the use of the latest and greatest in materials and space age polymers/ carbon ect ect. Wilderness Equipment (WE) takes the approach simplicity, function and reliability are the priority.  The constant problem with 'design' is that there will always be a better way. Since the beginning, WE have worked to improve the durability and function of all...

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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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