U.S. soldiers in Hawaii will soon test Rocky Brands’ newest jungle boot, a model that company officials say is more comfortable and provides better protection against booby traps.
Students in the Army’s jungle school will begin wearing Rocky’s Enhanced Jungle Boot in January, said Mark Dean, Rocky’s vice president for commercial military.
It’s the latest test for the Army, which is hoping to select a new jungle boot as it increases its presence in the Pacific. At present, soldiers wear “hot weather” Army combat boots in jungle environments, boots that were phased in to replace Vietnam-era jungle footwear. Officials believe that hot-weather boots breathe better than other Army boots but do not dry or drain as quickly as they require.
Can’t we just bring back the old green (and very cheap) jungle boot?