Magnum Boots

#1
Just want to get some opinions before I part with my cash.

Are all the boots by Magnum bollox?

Some people I've talked to say they are great, but I've also heard people tell me they are uncomfortable and fall to pieces.

So anyone had any experiance with the things?
 
#2
Depends what you want from them!

For duties etc, they are brill, for the field well.... forget it!

Having said that, I found them OK for fibua.
 

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#3
As Me n Bee says, they're ok for light work, but if you're carrying weight......

The soles don't handle the stress of a heavy bergan & they don't offer much ankle support.

Tools for jobs really.
 
#5
got woodys old ones ok for mooching about it but would'nt use them if I had to carry any weight .
more combat trainer like than proper boots
 
#6
owned two pairs original ones ok for light work but if you dont wear them with gortex socks going to have very wet feet .sympatex ones keep feet drier but not a lot of support great for fibua and range work not for tabbing
with wieght
 
#8
There is another factor to consider here, and that is, how much you weigh. I'm a total racing snake, 11 stone, and I find Magnums fine for general summer mincing. However, the big scary 17 stone fecker in my team, went through a pair in 96hours. A good lightweight alternative that I have been wearing this year are Trac-pac boots. The leather/cordura ones are £45.00 and the dezzies are only £25.00
 

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#9
Very good comment Topper, something generally overlooked.

The Magnum's soles just won't handle weight. Personally I'd go for something heavier, however if you're just bimbling around camp & the Badge Man says they're ok then go for them.
 
#10
I have been using them for a while now (issued) & have found them great around camp, but try doing a CFT & oh my fcuking god the blisters were shocking. They havent fallen apart yet though, so I must be slim & silf like!! :lol:
 
#11
Had a pair for about 5 years, ace for Urban use definately NOT for rural! Found mine OK for CFTs (being a slim Front Row Forward obviously helped) but with 2 pairs of socks to prevent blisters! :wink:
 
#12
Why not pay the extra and go for Lowa combats.......truely the muts nuts in every aspect ........ no blisters no hot spots , cummfy as feck so you don`t need to worry if your feet are going to fall apart..... trust me
 
#13
H3 said:
Why not pay the extra and go for Lowa combats.......truely the muts nuts in every aspect ........ no blisters no hot spots , cummfy as feck so you don`t need to worry if your feet are going to fall apart..... trust me
hear hear. I've had a pair for a year now, love em. only thing, if they get totally soaked (river xing etc), they're like concrete booties and damn uncomfortable. but after getting em wet use gortex socks until you get the chance to dry em again.
 
#14
Got issued something similar for a summer Bosnia tour a while ago. Great for padding round camp, but not for mud/snow/wet/cold. I still use them and am trying to locate their proper name (they used to be known a sBalkan Summer Boots). Any ideas?
 
#15
i have owned a pair of magnum pro boots full leather version and i an quite happy with them, i have used them inthe field and on training nights, keeping my issue boots for Parades.
at the end of the day , you get what you pay for.
 
#16
the magnum dessie boots have been dropped by the MOD because they wear out too quick, seams split and the leather comes away from the sole, :evil:

if you want good lightwieght boots for summer, try the summer pro boot, comfy as f**k, the desert boots are topdog too, wearing mine now..... :D

they were issued for a little while in Bosnia, but got dropped because of price, the contract got picked up by Magnum,
cheap boots = buggered feet 8O
 
#17
perhaps a poll should be created with all known possible boots used by everybody on ARRSE and rated in a clear manner and cost detailed.
 
#18
semper said:
perhaps a poll should be created with all known possible boots used by everybody on ARRSE and rated in a clear manner and cost detailed.
that would be fine, but..what would happen if say a clerk has top notch boots, and your basic infantry man has the same ? one set lasting a couple of years and the other a couple of months? so a poll would never be fair on any set of boots/brand..
 
#19
Best boots I ever got were a pair of Aircrew boots, Issued to AAC Pilots and RAF. Very light weight, Very soft pigskin leather so breaking them in is done in a couple of days. Great on CFT and no problem on exercise as long as you looked after them properly. Try cadging a set from the AAC or RAF.

:lol:
 
#20
canteen_cowboy said:
semper said:
perhaps a poll should be created with all known possible boots used by everybody on ARRSE and rated in a clear manner and cost detailed.
that would be fine, but..what would happen if say a clerk has top notch boots, and your basic infantry man has the same ? one set lasting a couple of years and the other a couple of months? so a poll would never be fair on any set of boots/brand..
good point. perhaps then the statement could be qualified by stating if they have been used in the field.
at the moment many guys on here have said boot this, boot that and not actually stated how much they are. which also help to put cost/value ratio in mind
 

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