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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

The second, quite a rare type of Swiss military boots is the so-called "grenadier" boots ("Grenadierstiefel"). The photo below show such boots, manufactured by "BALMER SCHUH".

These Swiss boots are in fact a "hybrid" of boots from neighboring Alpine countries - Austria and Italy. The lower part of the boots and the lacing system, consisting of six pairs of simple round eyelets, the single cut upper (without separation of ankle and top parts of the boot) as well as the use of thin leather lining remind clearly the Italian ("Scarpe militari:" Anfibi "da para).

The other features of the "grenadier" boots clearly resemble the Austrian light boots (Leichtschuh), especially the top of the lacing (but six pairs of hooks, not four as on the Austrian boots), additional leather pads on the heels as well as a typical Austrian out-soles with "Vibram" tread pattern.

The late "grenadier" boots by "Balmer" feature more advanced "Vibram® Fourà" out-soles. Usually black "Vibram" label on the sole is used for military boots, while bright yellow label is for commercial products. So the Swiss "grenadier" boots shown on the photos below can be identified as clearly commercial. At the same time in the web one can find the photos of the Swiss soldiers in just the same boots, though quite seldom.

One can assume that the so-called "Grenadier Stiefel" ("grenadier" boots) are not the statutory military boots of the Swiss army, but, being purchased privately, they are allowed for use during the military service, as these boots meet the appropriate quality requirements. In favor of this hypothesis is the fact that, according to Swiss law, if a recruit (who was determined fit for military service and wants to serve) has any problems with his feet, he is allowed to choose any of the from the approved list instead of the statutory KS90 boots. Of course, this is possible by the written consent of an orthopedic doctor.

Considering the matters concerning the Swiss military footwear, the weight values of the boots and gaiters are also worth mentioning. According to the Swiss military Regulation "Reglement 51.009 d", section "Bekleidung und Packungen" ("Clothes and accessories for luggage"), Appendix 2, Weight Table (average) ("Anhang 2", "Gewichtstabelle (Mittelwerte)", the weight of a pair of items is as follows:

- Combat boots, model of the year 1990 (Kampfstiefel KS90) = 2,270 kg;

- Mountain boots, consisting of 2 components (Schalenschuh) = 2,610 kg;

- Boot inserts (inner boots) to the mountain 2-component plastic boots (Innenschuh zu Schalenschuh) = 0,850 kg;

- Swiss Air Force ground personnel boots, model of the year 2005 (Stiefel Fliegerbodenpersonal 05) = 1,750 kg;

- Work boots, model of the year 2002 (Arbeitsschuhe 02) = 1,110 kg;

- Gaiters, model of the year 1990 (Gamaschen 90) = 0,250 kg.

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