Desert Boots

#1
I'm off on Telic 9 and am looking to buy myself some gucci desert boots. The problem is now deciding which ones to get, the short list is as follows:-

Lowa, Meindl or Altberg, :?
the prices range from £75 to £120,

Having not been there I dont know which ones would suit me, any thought would be gratefully recieved.

Regards

Tomo
 
#2
Can't speak for the Lowa's or Meindl but I had a pair of Altberg's (the Original Plain ones-£115) and they're outstanding. Remember to get them at least 1/2 size bigger than you normally wear though.
 
#3
I've had a pair of Lowas and currently have a pair of Altberg's (Neither are the dessie wellie tho).

The Lowas were supremely comfortable, and I absolutley loved them, unfortunately the sole came away from the boot and they became u/s. I will get around to resoling them if possible because they really are that comfy. This is not the only case I've seen of this though with at least 2 other pairs of Lowas coming to the same grisly end.

The Altbergs are also decent but quite a bit heavier than most other boots I have worn. This is only really problem if your on your feet for hours/days on end.

Overall, between the Lowas and Altbergs I would probably go for the Lowas despite my reservations about the sole issue.
 
#4
You might want to have a butcher's at all the daisies on this Septic site before you finally make your mind up:

http://www.uscav.com

Superb quality, very reasonable prices and delivery is in about 14 days. They'll even write "Birthday present" on the packaging for you!

MsG
 

cpunk

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#5
Personally I'd go for either the US issue boot which is excellent, or the Omani desert boots (which look like a suede DMS boot) if you can get them. Having said that, the Issued desert boots from 'Man at Q and M' aren't at all bad either, and they don't cost anything.
 
#6
cpunk said:
Personally I'd go for either the US issue boot which is excellent, or the Omani desert boots (which look like a suede DMS boot) if you can get them. Having said that, the Issued desert boots from 'Man at Q and M' aren't at all bad either, and they don't cost anything.
I would agree that G10 for men are better than they used to be, but they still work on one (you know what I mean) size fits all. They kill my feet and I would recommend Altberg. Takes them time if you need an odd size/shape making up so I wouldn't hang about if you are deploying on T9.
 
#8
I'm in Iraq at the moment and have just exchanged my knackered Magnums and got a pair of Meindls in return. Very nice and very free. They pnly had huge sizes and I'm not sure if these are to become the standard issue kit.
 
#9
The meindls are the dogs,

well made, cool, hardwearing and substantial,

I'm not a fan of wearing boots that feel like a pair of trainer. I like to think that I can boot stuff really hard if required and not bruise my tootsies

I think you have to see a pair up close to appreciate em, I'd describe them as high leg KSB's

May the force be with you
 
#10
If you get a chance, talk to the Aussies - they might want to interest you in a pair of Taipans. From what I heard from Oz troops in the Solomon Islands, they're v.good desert boots as far as the soles are concerned. Minor cracking in the uppers the only complaint. Good luck.
Cliff.
 
#11
I've had no dramas with the issue boots, although they did make my feet stink. Utterly comfortable, especially with the issue socks.

Try 'em before blowing £100 on something else.
 
#12
Been out to the sanpit 3 times, and the Meindl Desert Fox' are absolutely fantastc. They offer much better ankle support and protection than Altberg, and they don't have a narrow heel like the septics boot (which often feel like they're 2" too high). Issue magnums are comfy if you're sat behind a desk, anything else and they're pap!
 

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