MAMBA | GARRISON BOOTS
Weight: 39 oz for pair
Height: 8 inch
Issued in black
Not fully waterproof
In response to developing technology and constant efforts to improve combat performance, the Lyran Protectorate Research and Development Commission has recently released from testing the 'Mamba' Tactical Boot. The new boot is set to completely replace existing stockpiles and inservice boots with two years.
The New Hayesalian Army issues "assault boots" for combat troops, which are heavier but protect against ground level blasts from objects like improvised explosive devices. For long treks and daily duties, however, a lighter boot is needed.
For nearly fifty years the state of Lyras has utilised the same form of GP boot, in one of four different and evolving marks. The boot was a sizeable step up from the previous GP, which had been inherited from the diverse militaries that had together formed the Lyran state after the disintegration of the Storn League. The new boot, christened 'Mamba' features a revolutionary new design that has been heralded as the most advanced combat boot in the world. User trials, just completed at Lughenti’s Military Testing Area, have found widespread and enthusiastic acceptance for the new boots amongst combatant and non-combatant personnel. Personnel deployed on Exercise Sundered Straits alongside TPF, were the first people in Lyras to wear the new boots, and reports were universally positive, with a number of further suggestions taking advantage of the early phases of production to implement still further advances.
While the old boots have taken the Lyran forces admirably through the major campaigns of the last half century, through Kush, Fehnmar, Verenberg, Londim and Mokastana, they also generated a number of issues – the old boot absorbed moisture like a sponge, drained poorly – an issue for foot hygiene, and was often a very poor fit resulting in twisted toes and blisters. Often, as in many armies, it was a case of the foot ending up fitting the boot, rather than the boot being fitted to the foot.
Field Marshal Wallington, commander of the world-renowned Protectorate Research and Development Commission, stated that the new boots were the result of new experiences, new techniques and new technologies that were previously unavailable and combines all the latest high quality design features.
“The new boots are lighter, more comfortable, far more water resistant, dry out quicker, breath more freely and are superior to any product that we either know or have heard of, currently available, anywhere on the market” he said, in an interview conducted for the Lyran Governmental Trade Department.
Made to the highest technical specifications, ‘Mamba’, which reaches half way up the calf, has triple density rubber soles for better shock absorbency, para-chord strength lacing and fast-locking eyelets which allow the wearer to ‘lock off’ the area to be kept tight on the lower part of the boot. The new boot also offers a choice of moulded footbeds for additional comfort – either tropical climate or cold climate footbeds – and a velcro pocket in the tongue that incorporates a teardrop cushion which can be replaced for comfort, depending on the conditions and the individual wearer’s choice.
A new foot-measuring device that gives very accurate sizing (within five millimeters) has been designed and developed in conjunction with a company based in Casior, Varessa, and it is a development that Colonel Bonham, the podiatrist contracted to the R&D Commission, is particularly happy about. He says the most important thing, from a medical perspective, is a good fit and how this effects the biomechanics of the wearer.
Providing an accurate fit generates far fewer short, medium and long term lower limb problems, and ensures the endurance of combatants in the field. Further, the decreased incidence of blisters and sores lowers the chances of infection, and puts less strain on combat, medical and logistics units in turn, to say nothing of maintaining unit morale. While the sizing system itself has not changed, the new fitting system allows for a wider range of fittings – from two-and-a-half right up to fourteen as well as half sizes and a range of length and width fittings.
The unique combination of blended spidersilk – a spinoff from research into the 'Dauntless' ballistic armour, and Lyran cattle leathers used in the new combat boot was devised by scientists from PR&DC’s Fabric Research Centre in Port Tal. Lieutenant-Colonel Dr. Louis Kostayenkis said that his brief from Executive Command, was for a “high performance leather that was waterproof, highly breathable but still tough and strong. It was for this reason that the recent developments made at Lughenti with reference to spider silk had such interest for us. Not only was the material being produced soft, flexible and breathable, but it was also extraordinarily tough – perfect material for footwear”.
The resultant boot was a combination of spider silk and cow leather – cow for its thickness and substance and spider silk for its extreme toughness. Special attention was paid to a) enhancing and preserving the strength in the cow leathers spidersilk and b)waterproofing, in the manufacturing process while still preserving the breathability of the footwear. The process involves treating the leathers with a silicon compound which in turns makes the leather more water repellent yet still able to ‘breathe’.
Numerous flexing and waterproofing tests were also undertaken by PR&DC to ensure that the leather lived up to the specifications taking particular note of the infantry anecdote that “one kilo on the foot is like ten kilos on the back.”
The new boots bring together a range of local companies and technologies and will result in a 98% Lyran content. The manufacturing facility will be Highcairn MZ994, although MZ995 and MZ996 are nominated as export centres, should demand exceed the supply from MZ994.
In addition to being the cutting edge in military, parmilitary and police footwear, the new boots could also find a ready market with farmers, miners and hikers.
The 'Mamba' boot incorporates a large number of features, designed both individually and in concert to maximise wearability, durability, foot protection and mobility. These features include;