posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 07:06 AM
Originally posted by DeusEx
One complaint- one it shares with just about every other combat boot I've put on my feet- is that 'CF issue Pimp Boot' becomes 'CF issue Ice
Skate' when cold weather hits. It's like someone lathered your boots in vasoline some days.
Hey! Welcome back DE, long time no see.
I know exactly what you're talking about with the icy wet. I think the reason is the way they construct the bottom of the soles on combat boots.
Typically the very bottom of the sole of every combat boot I've run across consists of flat very shallow, thin, wedge-shaped grooves. Which work
GREAT in most circumstances because it provides a nice high-friction surface that acts like thousands of little fingers grabbing the land, and works
well in conjunction with the typical mesa-peg structure of the sole itself.
Unfortunately, with ice (and certain kinds of mud, actually), the grooves are so close together, and insulated against body heat, that they cake up
with the ice, which removes almost all friction except that which can be had via the mesa-pegs, which isn't much.
So if you anticipate having to walk on a lot of ice, I recommend some sort of boot attachment like ice cleats
your going to have to climb).
Thank god I really don't have to deal with that in Texas very often. Ice cleats and crampons probably don't need to be in a BOB unless you live in a
place that predictably gets a lot of ice and snow, like Minnesota, yah. (edit add) And if you do pack them, I recommend putting them in something
poke-proof. Otherwise they'll rip a hole in your BOB as well as poke holes in most of your other eq, and probably tangle up anything remotely
resembling rope, netting, or twine.
[edit on 4/5/2007 by thelibra]