AKU Pilgrim GTX FG - High Liability Combat Boots

AKU Pilgrim GTX FG - High Liability Combat Boots - WIN A PAIR!

MrBane

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A review of the new British Army issue boots. Check out the link below for the review article.

If you'd like to try your hand at winning a pair, this is dead simple, but involves counting.

Bit of straight up disclosure and honesty, the companies that like to submit kit and give us freebies for prizes, like video reviews. We know that our readers are half and half over videos and written reviews, so I've done both - aren't I nice? However, we need to bump the view count of the YouTube videos up.

So watch the video, enjoy my dulcet tones, and see if you can spot how many cuts there are in the review. It should be dead easy because you'll notice total inconsistencies with hand positions etc. YouTube looks at length of view rather than just a click-thru, so it'd help us loads - oh, and subscribe as well if you'd be so kind!

Anyway - whoever gets closest or hits the right number of cuts, wins! Woo! Post your answers in this thread to be eligible. Rather than just slinging up a number though, put a bit of chat in as well.

In the meantime, feel free to banter about shit boots and serious injuries gone by thanks to DMS / CAB, etc.


The sound of thunder rolled ominously across the grey sky as people ran for cover. On the distant hilltop, the black outline of four mighty steeds with four motionless riders sat atop could be seen. People fell to their knees, arms outstretched, begging for mercy as the Apocalypse fell upon them.

Or at least, that’s what must’ve happened, as it appears the MOD Procurement have got something right for once, and we all know it’s a snowy day...
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MrBane

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I know sometimes you guys need your hands held, so as an example, uhm, I think there are four cuts!!

Anyway, I can't believe they've finally specified, tendered and accepted boots which are such a change in direction. Nothing to polish (as such), stylish, and really bloody comfortable to boot (ahah, see what I did?). I remember running in the CAB and literally slicing the skin from my heels over an eight miler. I tipped them up and blood poured out.

Why the **** did we ever have boots like those? I know that the military often advances technology and development, but in this instance, it was almost the other way around with the outdoor market advancing whilst we stagnated.

Awful.
 

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Vid keeps freezing, making it impossible to tell whether it's cuts or a shite recording
I sabotaged it for you so you couldn't win.

Blame YouTube or put some more coal in your steam generator.
 
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I'm going to go for 26 cuts in total. Hopefully I can use these to replace my issue brown magnums.

What cleaning products/regime is recommended for the boots?
 
#6
I'm in for 18.

We also need to talk about how to pronounce verbatim ........
 

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I'm going to go for 26 cuts in total. Hopefully I can use these to replace my issue brown magnums.

What cleaning products/regime is recommended for the boots?
I've found that a decent nail brush and hot water does the trick, with a bit of plain soap - the cheap, unscented, stuff, if there's any proper grime and stains.

You can buy Nikwax as well, which is recommended for GORE-TEX boots, but it's certainly not a priority unless you're thrashing the crap out of them in terms of water submersion, etc.

You could even put a teeny tiny bit of brown polish on the full grain leather at the lacing system, and no doubt some RSM somewhere is experimenting to see if he can force a mirror shine onto them.

Ultimately though, very low maintenance.

I'm in for 18.

We also need to talk about how to pronounce verbatim ........
You say 'Verbatim' I say 'Shut your face or you won't win anything'
 
#8
35 Cuts including scene changes.

As you say, the standard of LPC is on a different planet nowadays.

I'd like to win this time out as I've a 300 miler coming up and will need a new set. Not sure my current AKUs will make it through.
 

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35 Cuts including scene changes.

As you say, the standard of LPC is on a different planet nowadays.

I'd like to win this time out as I've a 300 miler coming up and will need a new set. Not sure my current AKUs will make it through.
Which ones have you got? If they're bust, there's a specific retailer in....Ohhh.... Is it Leicester maybe, who specialises and is recommended by Trekitt for replacing the soles. Buggered if I can recall the name though.

Give them a shout and they should be able to advise. I think it was £50 for a re-sole.

01432 263 335
support@trekitt.co.uk
 
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Which ones have you got? If they're bust, there's a specific retailer in....Ohhh.... Is it Leicester maybe, who specialises and is recommended by Trekitt for replacing the soles. Buggered if I can recall the name though.

Give them a shout and they should be able to advise. I think it was £50 for a re-sole.

01432 263 335
support@trekitt.co.uk
The sole is like new, they've worn at the toe crease on both - won't go through it again as I went into detail in the other thread. Super comfy boots though - will probably get another set. I have the Pilgrim HL GTX.
 
#11
This competition is rigged against those of us deployed relying on Dii that doesn't allow videos!! For shame!
 

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This competition is rigged against those of us deployed relying on Dii that doesn't allow videos!! For shame!
****, never thought of that. In the interests of inclusion, let me help you out:

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There you go!

ARRSE - We don't discriminate, we just hate.
 

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Is there a version of the YouTube review with subtitles? :-D

Seriously, as one of the BCH generation one can only look and drool.
The Japanese Empire called to let you know it's deeply impressed with the way in which you've mimicked their technique of ritual suicide there.

On a serious note, you can't help but feel that the real reason we never adopted anything from the outdoor market as a base for an issue boot prior to this was probably more down to the look of the boot than anything else.

You can almost imagine some crusty old General having an absolute paddy and beating his Batman at the idea of something so un-uniform looking.

Add in the fact that there is only so much you can do before the toecap of the Pilgrim starts to look a bit scuffed and again, then becomes individual, you could imagine how the blood pressure must've climbed.
 
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On a serious note, you can't help but feel that the real reason we never adopted anything from the outdoor market as a base for an issue boot prior to this was probably more down to the look of the boot than anything else.

You can almost imagine some crusty old General having an absolute paddy and beating his Batman at the idea of something so un-uniform looking.

Add in the fact that there is only so much you can do before the toecap of the Pilgrim starts to look a bit scuffed and again, then becomes individual, you could imagine how the blood pressure must've climbed.
Re. your first paragraph: our first day on the square for rifle drill (this be the SLR), and the shouty one explaining that because the new boots (BCH) didn't have a toe cap we'd have to imagine where a toe cap would be and that was where to line up the butt of the rifle. It was clearly a major design flaw.

The BCH (actually, the RM's version) were tested and signed off, then someone put on a cost ceiling of £12 per pair. At the time, a pair of Zamberlan Trek-Lites (my first decent civvy boots) were £75. The Scarpas cost even more. Go figure. The result was a lot of Achilles, ankle, knee and hip injuries. BCH finished my career for me. I was sitting watching your review over a coffee this morning, and remarked to SWMBO that there was a certain irony to seeing a review of such a good boot and my hip aching.

That £12 per pair must have cost the MOD far more in medical treatment, pay-outs and waste (because you train and accommodate a guy, only to lose him) than it ever saved.

A few years later, I met one of the BCH team. He was drinking in my local with a woman I knew - ironically, a craft teacher from the local school (no doubt she taught him). He started making all sorts of justifications about what he regarded as 'fundamentally, a good boot'. It wasn't, even by the standards of the day. I'd contrast the German and US boots of the time as examples. Or the Argentinian one, for that matter. He got a rather robust response from me.

History aside, I'm genuinely pleased to see that the standard of some of the personal kit that's coming through now is so high. I got a new pair of Hanwags last summer, and it's galling to see that people get something of a similar standard free... the lucky buggers. I'm pleased that they don't have to put up with the rubbish of yesteryear.

Moving on, it's interesting to see that we're back to a short boot, albeit with a gaiter system these days. Always the better solution, in my opinion.
 
#19
34 cuts.

DMS - nice and shiny.
BCH Mk 1 - good but not with tendon issues.
BCH Mk 2 - better and not a bad boot. Had a pair that got so soft that folded at the ankle.
Assault boot - more improvements. Not bad.
Altberg - very good bit of foot kit but high maintenance after getting wet.

These look very nifty.
 
#20
I made it 29, but the dodgy wifi here isn't helping
 

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