So we all know that with the new PCS there are now dozens of tenders kicking about the place for new kit to match our sexy MTP gear. We've already got the new PCS boot tender well underway with some surprising losers and decisions being made on the way to the final winner. For anyone that's seen the colour scheme being demanded by the MOD, one company called it 'baby shit brown'. Make of that what you will! Some interesting points to note are that it appears Lowa are out the running much to their annoyance. There are still some strong brands in but as with all MOD tenders all entries must be free of markings or labels to prevent any bias or prejudice in the judges, so for that reason I wont mention any of them here just now as technically it could put that companies tender at risk. Points to note are that the insoles the MOD have specified are -shit-. Lets take Company 'a'. They make a very good, cushioned and supportive insole. It will cost no more for this insole to be shipped with the boot however some scientist bloke (Goddamn you DSTL) has decided that this felt based material they've looked at offers better wicking properties. So that is now what the MOD wants. They don't save any money on it. Also, if you ever get a chance to see the insole it'll remind you of your grannies living room carpet. It's awful. So out goes the supportive, cushioned insole and in comes the slab of felt. They're also looking for the usual variations of boots; Cold Weather, warm weather, high liability, etcetc. It will be interesting to see how this ends. I suspect we may be in for the usual fuckup. I don't have a timeline for the completion date of the tender yet, it's hard to find any info on it. So if anyone can point us towards a document or webpage, that'd be great!