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Contract Bundeswehr Boots for a Hot and Humid Tropical Climate, Black and Green (Bundeswehr Tropenstiefel - Kampfstiefel)

From a distance and by colour the German army "jungle- boots" resemble the famous American "jungle-boots"; but only from a distance. A closer look reveals significant differences between these types of boots for the jungle, starting from design and ending with materials used. The common elements of German and American boots are the location and the material (stainless steel non-ferrous metal) of two mesh eyelets (drain holes) on the inner sides of the boots - it is 100% American design, allowing the wearer to withdraw quickly the water from the boot, then to dry and ventilate the feet inside. The principle of this system is not in preventing any ingress of water into the boots, like the rubber footwear does, with all disadvantages of this concept. Just the opposite, the water can easily get in the boots, but not less easily it can be withdrawn.

The back side of the Bundeswehr "BALTES" boots with loops for laces wrapping around is already different: the backside strips with loops are made of leather, unlike cordura or canvas (in early models) in the American jungle boots.

The boots top is composite very similar to the "desert" boots: (black smooth "hydrophobic" (i.e. specially treated and impregnated) leather and polyamide fabric (Cordura), mesh insole is 100% polyamide). The boot's toe and heel welts with speed lacing eyelets are made of genuine leather; the tongue and the reinforcing inserts sewn opposite to the malleolus bones and the top are made of Cordura, lightweight and breathable material. A thick cushion on top of the boots provide additional comfort of wear and protection against water, dust and small stones.

PU (polyurethane) outsole is medium hard, black, durable, lightweight and resistant to wear. Deep tread pattern, as well as the sole construction were designed by the manufacturer independently and does not copy the ideas of any other companies.

The inscription on the outsole says: "ANTISTATISCH, OEL U. BENZINFEST", that means "Non-conductive (anti-static) and oil-petrol (gasoline)-resistant". Also these outsoles are acid-, alkali- and wear-resistant.

The footwear lacing accessories include one locking hook-clamp and six speed lacing "MARK" eyelets, the same as in the "desert" boots and "jungle-boots" from "BALTES" company. The eyelets by "MARK" are also used in the footwear of the armed forces of UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and some other countries.

A rectangular leather patch of sand or black colour is sewn on the tongue indicating the boot size in "Mondopoint" system (e.g. 277 194) and the width. This information is shown in the in the upper row. In the lower row the four digits with the month and the year of manufacture (e.g., 0406 means April 2006) and the manufacturer's code, usually consisting of 2-4 digits, are indicated. All these numbers are pricked out by small dots.

The flap of the "jungle boot's" tongue is closed (sewn to the top of the tongue over the entire height of the boots) in order to protect the feet from dust, sand and other small particles, similarly to the "desert boots".

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