Hi-tech military boots, good, or sh1t?

#1
I dont know if this should be here so please move it if you think it should be mods.

A friend of mine works in a outdoors retailer and told me that hi-tech used to supply combat boots to the sas or something, he said he can get me some for about 80 pounds or so, is it worth igetting some, i wouldnt do it till after my training, are they any good, or are they as good as the hi-tech issue trainers... :p

Thanks
 
#2
Bollocks do they supply boots to them, adidas do though. The Hi-Tec boots are shite, I would stay clear mate, waste of money. It is worth paying that bit extra for a good pair of boots: Altberg, Lowa, meindle, Hanwag etc.
 
#3
Maybe the clue is USED to supply although I doubt it and you could be falling for the waltbay sell PARA/SAS/COMMANDO/RAF REGT sales tag.

Wait until after your training if you must, they're alright for in camp but not out in the khuds. IMOO
 
#4
I guess your talking about the magnums? They are total fcuking shite mate stay well away, if you are willing to invest £80 go abit further and get the rolls royce of MK1 leather personal carrier - Lowa Combats. As a matter of fact stay well away from anything Hi-Tec their kit - "we provide some of the best outdoor equipment for outdoor enthusiasts" is just good enough for OAP's who go for their monthly 4 mile country walk.
 
#5
Wear Magnum Elite for Police duties (get them issued) and find them fine for what I do i.e. in and out of car, stood getting wet and cold at the roadside and occasional bit of mud and crap but I wouldnt wear them for military use except for in camp, and then I wouldnt pay the £70 or whatever they cost just for that. Would just wear issued for in camp and pay the extra for Altberg, Lowa, meindle, Hanwag etc. for field use if I was still in.
 
#6
I've got a pair of the Addidas ones - and have been amazing! comfy and waterproof - easy to walk in; they suit me ! although I have heard they fall apart - but any boots do if you do not look after them!
 
#7
I would highly recommend Trezetta's (think thats how its spelt) They lasted a p Coy and the hills all the way through with no problem.

The only issue I have with Lowas is their weight. Whereas the Trezetta's are fairly light, offer good support and gortex cost around £100.

Can be brought from most forces kit suppliers near camps. I know Bulford has them.
 
#8
I have to disagree with the 'Hi-tec are shit' comments.

I bought a pair following an ankle injury last year as I simply couldn't wear issue boots. I got a pair from Ebay, the magnums with the air pocket in the heel (Nike air style) and they are comfy as fook. Fair does, I probably wouldn't wear them in thingh deep mud, but for everyday barrack use they are more than adequate, and for £30 they are a bargain. Put it this way, they certainly helped out with the torn ligaments!
 
#9
I knew magnums where sh1t, didnt know hi-tech were magnums

cheers guys
 

RP578

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#11
Mate, save your money. The issue boots are actually really quite good and besides you'll be expected to wear issue only kit throughout your recruit training so you might as well work on breaking in your issued Combat Highs.

I'm not saying that boots aren't something to invest in later on down the line, but don't go spunking your shekels away. For what it's worth, I've been in for 5 years and am going on my 2nd Operational tour and have never felt the need to buy a pair of fancy boots.

Insoles on the other hand! A pair of decent insoles really are worthy purchasing from Millets/Blacks as the issue ones aren't really up to much.
 
#13
RP578 said:
......Insoles on the other hand! A pair of decent insoles really are worthy purchasing from Millets/Blacks as the issue ones aren't really up to much.
Brashers, about a fiver made from sorbathane , great bits of kit. 10% discount with MOD90! even better.
 

BuggerAll

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#14
I had a pair of issue hot weather magnums - I think the commercial name is the Amazon. Very comfortable when 1st on, but they gave me very bad blisters on the back of my heels, both sides. I couldn't wear boots or shoes for about 6 weeks.

There is a ridge of a seem running down the middle of the back of the heel. It does not appear to affect many people but it crippled me - I've tried the desert Amazons on as well and I could feel the same thing. Its a pity because otherwise I think they are probably quite a good boot. One of the few that is actually quite wide and doesn't squeeze my toes...

Oh and if your mate can get you a pair for £80 he is not your mate.
 
#15
And has been said, you cant wear anything other than issue boot during SUT(recruit training) anyhow. The CABs are good boots, once broken in and laced properly, you'd be surprised how many we get that haven't got them done up properly still
 
#16
HI-Tec only good in barracks as said and, just for in barracks, why bother. The price is way over the top anyway.

Stick to issue boots until you finish training. When you get to your first unit, you will find plenty of advice on what to get and where to get it cheap.

To be honest unless you intend to join an infantry unit or some such, issue boots will be all you need.
 
#17
different folks different strokes, I had a pair, which saw me happily through loads of CFTs and RFTs, and I still use them, a bit like a poster on the first page said, for the odd stroll, although I did tab up and down Snowdon in them, carrying a bergen, two years ago, and they did me fine.

Toughening your feet (the skin) and ankle muscles is far more important. If basic support is there, and they are comfy and watertight, then it doesn't matter what they are IMHO, and the other poster who mentioned your issue boots was spot on.

£80 seems high for the brand though.
 
#18
The problem with the specialised boots of any brandname is that they´re usually specialised for some specific kind of environment or job. Meindl´s are wonderfull in the mountains, when you´re going over rocks and up cliffs. Other boots are great when going through warm, damp climates or trough the desert.

But wear mountain boots in the jungle and your fooked. Savvy? The issue boots, black thick leathered combat highs are perfectly adequate for most situations you'll find yourself in. Especially during recruit training, all of which happens in the UK.

When you go up the alps for mountain combat training, a pair of Meindl boots where you can attach climbing irons to can be a nice investment. But when the worst you're dealing with is Dartmoor, spend de cash on women instead!
 

BuggerAll

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#19
FFBox said:
And has been said, you cant wear anything other than issue boot during SUT(recruit training) anyhow. The CABs are good boots, once broken in and laced properly, you'd be surprised how many we get that haven't got them done up properly still
I've recently been issued the latest CAB. My Hanwags and Pro boots fell apart. Wearing them in is wearing me out, but I was interested in what FFBox says about correct lacing. Being old and crinkly nobody tells me how to dress anymore. Am I missing a trick on the lacing. I'm still doing the crossover, up and through, crossover, up and through thing... (if that makes sense) Its what I was taught in the 80's after we abandoned proper lacing when we binned the boots dms, foot and ankle destroying, soldiers, for the use of.
 
#20
I've got those Amazons, combat slippers I call them..perfectly comfy and great for barrack wear like people have said, but no use for the field at all
 

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