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The company invests in research and development of new technologies, which are used in its production. For example, the military boots of "Pilgrim"series by "AKU" are in great demand in the UK . In particular, the Ministry of Defense approved the use of such models as AKU Pilgrim HL DS MOD Brown (retail price is about 159 British pounds) and AKU Pilgrim HL GTX MOD Brown (169 British pounds).

The process of new lightweight boots introduction (as well as new, more technologically advanced and user-friendly socks) was originally planned for about 10 years and consisted of several stages by years:

2008 = "Biomechanical" tests of new lightweight and heavy boots, feedback and user complaints analysis, as well as prototype optimization (Truppenverifikationsversuch "biomechanische", Optimierung);

2009 = The first stage of the upgraded boot testing ("1. Passformtests");

2010 = Testing of new advanced socks, that help to reduce the likelihood of feet injuries ("Socken / Leisten");

2011 = Final boots tests by the Armed Forces ("1. Truppenversuche");

2011-2012 = Technical and quality control tests ("Technische Versuche (Qualitätsprüfung)");

2013-2014 = Second stage of the final boots testing by the Armed Forces ("2. Truppenversuche");

2015 = Order and purchase of the approved new boots from contract manufacturers;

2017 = Official deployment of th approved boots by the Armed Forces of Switzerland.

However, according to the information of the Swiss Groung Troops Training Center (Ausbildungszentrum Heer) web-site ( at the beginning of 2016, the time schedule was delayed for several more years. In the Chapter "Neue Fussbekleidung" ("New boots") the following schedule is specified for the "lightweight" boots:

2015 = Preliminary development of an experimental prototype of the boots (Vor-Prinzipversuche);

2016 = Development of an experimental prototype of the boots (Prinzipversuche);

2017 = Testing by the Armed Forces (Truppenversuche);

2018 = Verification tests of the boots by the Armed Forces (Verifikation Truppenversuche);

2019 = The planned purchases of the boots (Geplante Beschaffung);

2020 = The planned implementation (Geplante Einführung).

Regarding the schedule of the new "heavy" boots (Kampfstiefel schwer 14) implementation by the Swiss Armed Forces, the following information is stated on the website: "The decision is not made yet" (Einführung noch nicht bestimmt).

New "lightweight" combat boots of the Swiss Army - KS LIGHT (AKU) Armee-Kampfstiefel

KS Light are the newest lightweight combat boots, more comfortable than KS90, the previous model. These boots incarnated many characteristic elements of trekking boots.

According the user's feedbacks, these boots are quite easy to use, fit the majority of users and need no "breaking in". The boot's lacing system consists of five pairs of "D"-shaped rings and four pairs of hooks and allows to fix the ankle securely.

The plane section laces are used, and the design of hooks at the upper part of the lacing reduces the risk of catching on the ammunition parts.

The boot's upper is made of combination of high-quality black leather and hydrophobic nylon (Cordura), the lining is made of the GORE-TEX membrane material. The heel is reinforced with leather patch. These high boots feature soft leather cushion at the top of the boot, the boots' soft leather tongue is stitched high to the top. Damping inserts on the back sides of the boot's upper provide extra flexibility and comfort of wear. The out-sole is produced by "Vibram", the junction of the sole and the upper is covered with protective rubber tape, similar to KS90 boots and other models of mountain boots.

This model of new Swiss army boots is available in sizes ranging from 40 to 46, with half-size options. In Switzerland, these boots cost about 380-390 Swiss Francs.

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