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M/77 type boots are the standard footwear of the Norwegian Armed Forces ("Forsvaret", that means "The Defence" in Norwegian language) and in Estonian military forces. The original Norwegian title for this type boots is "Støvel Marsj M/77."
The boots of M/77 type were originally produced by the well-known Norwegian footwear company "ALFA SKOFABRIK AS", or simply "Alfa". Army boots of M/77 type had been developed by "Alfa" company in close cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Defense the year 1976, and became widely used in 1977, so they are called model 1977 boots, or simply M/77 boots.
The overall construction and materials of the model M/77 boots appeared to be so successful that are have been used without modification for more than 35 years.
These boots are very robust and lightweight. The method of soles attaching is the most progressive at the moment - "Direct Molded Soles" (DMS).
The weight of one M/77 Norwegian military boot is just 666 grams, i.e. they are lighter than most similar types of leather boots, which are used in other armies of the world (e.g. in German Bundeswehr, armed forces of France, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland...), which use military boots, more or less approaching to one kilogram, depending on the materials used in each particular case.
The height of the M/77 is medium, the lacing system is provided by 8 lace eyelets (4 lower "D"-shaped semicircular rings plus 4 upper hooks for laces, allowing to lace up the boots quickly).
The Norwegian military boots have no lining, which promotes rapid drying. Over time, after "breaking in" and some period of active wear, these thick leather boots fit the shape of the wearer's feet perfectly and become even more comfortable. Their safety factor of each pair of M/77 boots provides for many years of faithful service.
Nowadays, due to globalization process and deference between manufacturing costs the Norwegian M/77 boots are manufactured on Estonian factories and are widely used by Estonian Armed Forces.
Norwegian M/77 boots are available in the range of sizes from 36 to 52, the color is black only. Besides the Norwegian and Estonian Armed Forces, these boots are very popular among Norwegian hunters, fishermen and tourists, as well as abroad (of course, among those who are willing to pay quite a high price requested for them). One can purchase these boots on the manufacturer's web-site, and, if not to take into account the shipping cost, these boots cost 1668 Norwegian Krones, that corresponds to the sum of 210 Euros.
It is widely known that the Kingdom of Norway is the most expensive European country, so the products made, for example in the United Kingdom or Sweden are quite cheap in comparence with local prices and wages.
The tread pattern type of the Norwegian boots soles, "Chevron", was modeled on the basis of contemporary US army combat boots, similar to the military boots of Israel and Greece.
This pretty simple, yet effective tread design provides good adhesion to different types of surfaces under different weather conditions, and unchanged design since 1977 is the best evidence of this.
Two stubs on the outsole welt and longitudinal grooves along the outer surface of the heels serve for ski bindings, also the grooves reduce the overall weight of the heels.
Another popular type of Norwegian army black boots, the so-called "Pilot's boots" or "Pilotstøvel M/77" was developed around the same time.
In general they are very similar to conventional M/77 boots, except for some details: 4 upper hooks for lacing were replaced by D-shaped semi-circular rings.
The top of such boots is equipped with a folding "velcro"-type leather cuffs while the bootlaces are fixed with movable clamps, which help to pull on the boots easier and faster without tying the bootlaces.
This type of boot is available in the range of sizes from 36 to 48, the weight of one boot is just 645 grams, as there is no lining. The price of a pair of such boots in Norway is 1899 Norwegian Krones, i.e. 235 Euros.
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