BFR Assault | Blast-Resistant Boots
Weight: 1.9kg for pair
Height: 9 inch
Issued in tan
Not fully waterproof
The BFR Assault boot is a special-issue boot, issued to soldiers operating in environments where landmines or other explosive threats are common. Most standard issue combat boots do not offer specialist protection against anti-personnel landmines, due to weight and comfort.
The BFR Assault boot is blast and fragment resistant, using unique and revolutionary technology designed to mitigate soft tissue and skeletal damage to the feet by deflecting blast from anti-personnel landmines.
BFR Combat Boot offers soldiers the psychological comfort of knowing that they are equipped with a measure of protection against anti-personnel landmines. Critical to the combat soldier, it also offers physical comfort in that it is flexible and relatively light and would not impede movement while operating in any type of terrain.
The key to the BFR combat boot's deflection capability is its unique protective sole system. Developed with patented technologies the sole system is based on specially woven fabric bonded together with specially constructed sole and heel plates and heel plug. This gives the BFR combat boot its underlying strength.
The specially woven fabric can provide a significant degree of protection against blast temperatures generated by certain common types of anti-personnel landmines.
The dual density sole is made of rubber midsole and nitrile rubber outsole that is directly moulded onto the upper. This dual density direct soling makes the boots lightweight with elastic, absolutely waterproof soles.
The rubber midsole, with its notable surface finish, consistency and processibility, allows for longer wear time with less fatigue, as well as increased shock absorbency and energy return. It is anti-static, fire-resistant and maintains superior adhesion to the outsole.
The rubber outsole features lightweight, abrasion resistant, nitrile rubber with tread patterns that deliver stability and traction that greatly increase the life of the boot. It is anti-static and non-marking.
Nitrile rubber, the most heat resistant commercially available industrial soling material, is able to resist most oils, acids, alkalies and other chemicals. It also offers better slip resistance in wet conditions, especially oil on smooth surfaces.
Dual density rubber is an ideal soling material for defence, fire-fighting and heavy-duty footwear. Compared with single density vulcanised rubber sole or polyurethane midsole and rubber outsole, dual density rubber midsole and outsole provide higher wearing comfort, better resistance to hydrolysis hence increased shelf-life and have better insulation properties against cold and heat.
BFR Assault boots were independently tested by the Royal Military College of Science ("RMCS") in the Principate of Greater Prussia against certain common types of anti-personnel landmine of different explosive charge sizes. The test was conducted under strict conditions against likely scenarios.
Firstly, stepping on an anti-personnel landmine at the heel and secondly, at the ball of the foot. Test results show that BFR Assault boots can provide substantial protection against anti-personnel landmines. These tests were not uniformly successful against all anti-personnel landmine types tested, but they did show that the boots can provide substantial protection against high velocity fragments, debris and hot gas streams created during blasts from particular common types of anti-personnel landmines at certain explosive charges.
Even where substantial protection is provided, injury will occur but may be mitigated such that the wearer may still suffer broken bones and other collateral damage, but the integrity of the limb might be maintained and thus could prevent permanent disabilities, possibly sparing the wearer the trauma of amputation and the associated costs of rehabilitation and after-care. It may be the difference that gives a soldier a full recovery.