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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

Spanish "Vuelo" ("Flight") boots for FAMET (Aeromobile (Helicopter) troops of the Terrestrial Army) (Bota de Servicio de las FAMET (Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra) - Bota Vuelo)

The Aeromobile (Helicopter) Force of the Spanish Terrestrial Army (FAMET) is an integral group of combat units, intended to provide combat and logistical support to them. These troops are placed under a single command to constitute operating organizations of variable entity and composition that in each case are determined according to the assigned mission, trained and equipped to carry out actions from the airspace close to the ground.

When classifying the aeromobile units operationally, there are three types of units in which the helicopters are the most important components:

- Aeromobile units;

- Attack helicopter units;

- Units of maneuvering, reconnaissance and transport helicopters.

These troops are composed of helicopter units of different characteristics (attack, reconnaissance, maneuver and transport) with specific logistical support and a command and control system integrated in the upper step .

The FAMET "vuelo" (i.e. "flight") boots are manufactured by the "FAL" company.

Founded in 1965 in Arnedo (La Rioja, Spain), the "Calzados FAL S.A." is one of the leading company in the manufacture and marketing of footwear under the brands "Chiruca" (sports, outdoor and hunting boots) and "FAL Seguridad" (work and safety footwear, professional footwear for military, firefighters and for state security forces).

The FAMET "vuelo" flight boots are actually desert boots, intended for hot and arid climate. They are made of high quality leather (suede) and fireproof, water-repellent and breathable textile, and feature "GORE-TEX®" membrane. Solid rubber "Vibram®" out-sole is designed to fit all types of terrain.

These boots also feature a very interesting "Boa®" automatic closure system, which gives an improved level of comfort along with durability, light weight, fast and convenient operation.


As found on the official "Boa®" system page, its founder, Gary Hammerslag, was looking for a quicker and easier way to tie his snowboard boots instead of laces. The cold and the gloves made the task of lacing and unlacing of the boots quite uncomfortable. It was back in 2001 when he patented this new system, which is currently present in all sectors, not only in sports and outdoor tourism, but also in safety boots, medical, firefighter's, military and security footwear, etc...

This patented system of on-the-fly adjustment consists of steel lace (made from aircraft-grade stainless steel), nylon guides and a mechanical reel. The main idea of this invention consists in overcoming multiple deficiencies found in traditional lacing systems. Actually, "Boa®" represent by itself the improvement in comparison with all the other closure system available on the market—from laces to buckles, zippers and magnetic fasteners, and ratchets to "Velcro®" (hook and loop) systems.

How does the "Boa®" system work?

With a simple turn of the wheel you can adjust the boots by setting the pressure that you consider appropriate and, best of all, keeping that pressure and holding stable throughout the time you use the boot during the day, exactly at the same pressure. The control is very simple: press and turn a control wheel that adjusts the braided cable of 49 steel wires. To loosen the boots simply move the wheel and the tab forward.

So, the boots equipped with "Boa®" closure system gives the following advantages:

- Absence of hanging shoe-laces to get caught in the rocks;

- Boa® closures provide a glove-like, precise fit with no pressure points and no slack, even with cold hands;

- Once locked into place, Boa® reels and laces stay that way all the time you need it;

- One can get a perfect fit with the simple turn of a knob, because "Boa®" reels offer seemingly infinite degrees of fine tuning for the most-comfortable fit;

- Comfort, durability, light weight, optimum pressure and a fast way to tie and release your boots on the fly, quickly and with one hand.

These boots are available on the manufacturer's web-site at a price of 139,95 € (on July 2017).

Sources of information and images:

http://www.ejercito.mde.es/unidades/Madrid/famet/Historial/index.html

https://www.falseguridad.es/ventaonline/bota-vuelo

https://www.simmsfishing.com/boa-lacing-system

http://www.chiruca.com/consejos/item/170-sistema-de-cierre-boa

http://fordhamandwakefield.co.uk/images/boasystem.jpg

http://goliath.co.uk/Content/Uploads/Technology/boa_push_pull.jpg

https://www.theboasystem.com/sites/default/files/DialSlider_H3Coiler.png

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB18KwVKXXXXXcvXVXXq6xXFXXXm/2016-Hot-Selling-BOA-System-shoelaces-BOA-Shoes-Fast-Lacing-System.jpg

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