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US Army tests new boot prototypes

14th January 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Army will be testing new army combat boot (ACB) prototypes at three different basic training and active duty installations over the next four months, the army announced on 9 January.

The boots, being tested by the army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center (RDECOM) at Natick, are up to 1.5lbs lighter per pair than the ACBs currently being issued. The team is evaluating new types of leather and some man-made materials which are more flexible than the heavy-duty, cattle hide leather used in the current boots. The army is also testing new types of rubber and outsole designs, which are more than 30% lighter than the outsoles on the army’s current boots.

The test boots will be fitted and fielded to 800 basic trainees at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, followed by 800 pairs going to infantry soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Along with the field testing, lab testing on the boots will also be conducted to quantify characteristics such as flexibility, cushioning, cut/abrasion resistance and breathability.

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