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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
In general, the boots of both manufacturers meet the Swedish military standards and differ only by the producers labels. By impressions of some users, the Canadian rubber boots are more rigid than the Finnish-made ones. On the outer sides of the rubber boots there are special patches, the marking on which indicate the emblem of the Swedish Armed Forces - the so-called "Kronmärkt" (Three Crowns), the size in the "Mondopoint" system, the manufacturer's name, the name of the footwear (rubber boots model 90), the country of manufacture, the European standard for safety boots with which these rubber boots are compliant, some other conformity markings like CE, HRO etc.
The removable sock-shaped textile thermal insulation liner bears the "Kronmärkt" (Swedish military marking) along with the year of production, the size range of this pair of the rubber in the "Mondopoint" system, the military identification number, the composition of material (47% cotton, 21% polyester, 32% polypropylene), care instructions (washing temperature, the acceptable ways of drying), the name (and country) of the manufacturer.
The out-sole marking also indicates the name (and country) of the manufacturer, other military markings the "Three Crowns" ("Kronmärkt"), the year of production and, finally, the size in the "Mondopoint" system. The weight of a pair of boots is approximately two and a half kilograms plus or minus few hundred grams, depending on the boots size. When selecting the size of the Swedish rubber boots should, one should take into account that in addition to the thermal insulation liner, which is provided with the Swedish rubber boots, another pair of socks (cotton and wool) for each feet is recommended for better thermal insulation, so you'll have to choose the rubber boots from half a size to one size larger.
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The Italian boots "Anfibi Militari paracadutista" are the traditional footwear of the country's airborne troops. For example, the paratroopers of the famous Italian "Folgore" ("Lightning") Airborne Division use such boots.
The boots shown on the photographs are made by "Soldini" company in Italy, according to the Italian web sites such boots are hand-made.
The standard color is of such boots is "maron" (dark brown), however sometimes they come in black color. The Italians themselves call these boots the "Anfibi" (the "amphibians") for their excellent performance in any situation.
The top of these boots is made of excellent quality thick and durable leather, the inside part and the tongue are covered with an extra layer of thin and strong yellow "glove-type" leather.
Such boots are very robust and sturdy, they are stitched and taped, and thick leather sole is additionally secured with rubber out-sole, the tread pattern of which is of classical Italian design. The out-sole, manufactured by the Italian company "Industria Gomma DAVOS", is glued and additionally fixed with metal screws.
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