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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

The refusal from such elements as the cuffs and buckles on the 919/MON "jump" boots was caused by purely practical considerations: the buckles always represented a potential threat of catching on the equipment details. They could prevent the normal opening of the parachute canopy as well.

So the 919/MON "jump" boots now represent by themselves the high black-coloured boots, the upper part of which feature the quilted soft "collar" padding.

The top of these boots are made of natural cowhide leather with hydrophobic impregnation ("skóra naturalna bydleca wodoodporna" in Polish), the mid-sole is made of thick leather, it is glued and stitched to the vulcanized rubber protector (non-slip, resistant to abrasion and oil, gasoline and other solvents).

In contrast to the previous models, these boots do not have leather cuffs with buckles at the top, so the boots are fixed on the feet with lacing only. The quick-lacing system consists of eight pairs of eyelets, enabling quick putting the boots on and off.

919/MON "jump" boots feature thin grey-coloured lining of "glove-type" leather, which, in combination with soft stitched leather "collar" provides comfort of wear and protect the feet from possible injury and ingestion of water and small pebbles inside the boots.

The initial version of the 919/MON "jump" boots was slightly different from the modern version boots: they were cherry-brown in colour and a few centimetres higher (their lacing system featured an additional pair of eyelets).

The Polish sources inform, that during the development of 919/MON "jump" boots it were the "Alte Art" ("Old style") Bundeswehr boots (prior to the Modell 2000 boots), which were used as an example to follow: "Wzorowane czę ściowo na starszych modelach trzewików Bundeswehry".

The flap of the boot's tongue is "semi-closed", i.e. not stitched to the top. The out-soles of the boots are made of hard vulcanized rubber, oil-and petrol-resistant. There are two types of the out-soles: classic "Vibram" and Polish-developed "Salute" type (typu "SALUT"): oil-, petrol-resistant and non-slip.


The winter version of the 919/MON boots also existed. In such boots the thin leather lining was replaced by natural or artificial fur, and the standard plastic mesh removable insole was replaced with leather and fur or simply felt.

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