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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
Also the "Reglement 51.009 d" provides instructions for boot care, drying and cleaning. Paragraph 54 (Kampfstiefel 90 und Kampfstiefel schwer 14) recommends to:
- Remove the insoles of the boots to dry on a daily basis;
- Use padding of crumpled paper to eliminate the excessive moisture, and replace the wet padding as necessary;
- Dry the boot in a place with good air circulation, not close to the sources of heat, if possible, one can hang the boots to dry;
- Clean the boots with brush, or wash them, depending on the degree of soiling;
- Make the boots shiny only after drying of boot cream, which has been applied beforehand, or use the boot spray only which contains no solvents in their composition.
The next clause № 55 (named "Schalenschuh") recommends to:
- Remove the inner boots (liners) from the mountain 2-component plastic boots and dry them daily, and the insoles are to be taken out to dry fully;
- Dry the external plastic boot's housing and the inserts in places with good air circulation and keep them away from strong sources of heat;
- If the plastic part of the composite boot is slightly dirty or just dusty, it can be just wiped out, but if the soiling is strong, washing and drying are recommended;
- At least once a month the leather inserts (internal boots) are to be treated with shoe polish, then dried and shine-polished.
Rubber boots are also used in the Swiss army. These rubber high boots feature steel toe cap and the out-soles with the same tread pattern, as on the older-fashioned mountain ankle boots - the Swiss version of the Vibram, with small square-shaped lugs in the center of the out-sole elements and strips, radially placed perpendicular to the sole edge. Strap loop is provided at the top rear side of each Swiss green rubber boot for the ease of pulling-on and hang-drying.
The introduction of new boots instead of the previously used KS90 boots was planned within the framework of IMESS (Integriertes Modulares Einsatzsystem Schweizer Soldat - Integrated Modular Combat System for the Swiss Soldier) implementation. Developed in 2011, IMESS, according to the plans, is to come into force within the current year.
New military boots are going to replace the previous KS90 military boots, which were used in the armed forces of Switzerland during the last 20 years and were available in 96 different variants of the size and width.
Among the most probable candidate boots the Armed Forces of Switzerland has chosen the military boots - KS (Kampfstiefel) of two types (the so-called "light" and "heavy" boots), developed and manufactured by "AKU".
KS LIGHT (AKU) and KS SCHWER GTX (AKU)
The manufacturer of these boots is "AKU Italia s.r.l." - an Italian company founded by Galliano Bordin in mid-1980 as a small boot repair booth. Practical experience gained while repairing various kinds of boots and the enthusiasm of the enterprise' founder turned a modest shop into a fairly large industrial enterprise. For over 30 years, the company has been one of the leaders in the design and manufacture of high-quality footwear for hikers and skiers.
The main R&D center of "AKU", as well as the trekking and hiking boots production facilities are located in Montebelluna city, the province of Treviso in Northern Italy. Technologically advanced and expensive boots of this brand are manufactured there, often by hand-made. The second production site of "AKU", where more simple and cheap models are manufactured, is located in Cluji Napoca, Romania.
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