So, I have had these boots just over a week and have just this afternoon returned from an eleven mile walk confronted/accompanied by a good sea breeze, rain and a bit more rain. I am not going into the technical side as that has been covered already in the two previous reviews, I will just say as I find.
Obviously the first thing to note is that they don't need any breaking in. Out the box, on the feet and away you go. Fitting wise, again with the 'two sock scenario', everything is fine and comfortable, though there is a bit of 'heel slip', but this may well just be me being over conscious and not wanting to get blisters.
The design is obviously Military and they are like the Combat High Boot of my day and that is great for adding extra support; great if you have weak ankles. Unlike Combat Highs they are light, 750g per boot light. To be honest they remind me of the old NI Patrol Boots, built for speed and I like that. My pace today was an average of 3.26 Mph and at no stage did my feet feel like they were over heating, which was impressive. I had total confidence in their protection for both impact as well as keeping my feet dry, though the terrain was hardly the Pennine Way. But for such a short time with these boots, my confidence in them is high already.
Now, and this maybe an age thing, I am actually not that keen on the colour scheme Forest. Black, well that works for me everytime. But I also have no doubt that you 'young-uns' will like both the Sandy as well as Forest colour schemes.
So basically if I was still serving, would I buy these? Without doubt yes. They would be great for BFT's (what! You no longer wear boots for this?) and CFT's. They are real APC's and I look forward to getting them on'th thills for a proper work out and will update this review accordingly when they have been seriously tested in the boggy boglands of bogsville.