Advice re boots for Iraq

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by ACAB, Dec 12, 2005.

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  1. Gents,

    advice please, re the best boots for patrolling Southern Iraq (Not 95 issue unless available from Surplus)
    Genuine advice only, please Ladies
  2. Issue desert boots did me fine for a 9 month tour
  3. I got my son some U.S. Altamas before he went, he said they were excellent. I got them from Soldier of Fortune

    Hope this helps :)
  4. Issue desert boots are fantastic (The Hi-Tec kind) Lasted me for 9 months and are about to set off into the Mountains of Afgan!
  5. Flip-flops mate, the sand comes out no bother; also no need to polish them.
    And your feet get a gucci suntan, a-la g-string
  6. Wouldn't recommend the Hi Tech's as mentioned in the LAND Mounting Instruction, they are designed for "barrack wear only" and will ruin your feet. You need the boots issued to the infantry (and other teeth arms); Boots Combat Assault Desert (BCAD), they are superior in every way, tough, confortable and best of all a free issue. Failing that, the Desert Pro boot is good, although it will last just one six month tour.
  7. depends what time of year and where you go .Found combination of issuse desert boot and pro boots did for me fine .
  8. Altberg Sandy land boot. Loved them but bit of a delay when ordering cos big order list!

    Issue boots, slipper dancing. Crap...
  9. I have
    Yank Marine boots- good but hot.
    Yank lightweight desert boots- Excellent, very comfortable
    Australian Army boots, (sandy colour) - Absolutely sh*te
    British Army Issue desert boots - Fantastic, comfy and cool, plus don't seem to be too chilly at night.

    Go Issue!!
  10. Altbergs are great if you can get them in time, almost as good are Meindel Desert Fox
  11. I have the Altbergs, which were superb in Iraq. A major advantage is that they can be resoled. If you can, go to the factory at Richmond (the proper one, not the poofy southern version), and get them fitted.