Jalas FDF M05 Combat Boots
If there's something the Finnish Defence Forces handle well, it's winter conditions. Take it from us: these M05 combat boots of the latest iteration are proper all-leather combat boots for the whole year, but they stand above competition especially in the cold.
The FDF M05 Combat Boots are designed for northern conditions, and it's not everyday you run into better footwear. The anatomic design and shock absorption are leading the industry, and if you only choose the right socks, these will be the thing to wear when you cover long distances on foot.
This combat boot meets or exceeds work shoe standard SFS-EN ISO 20347:2012, Category O2, Class 1 requirements and optional requirements:
- Cold insulation (CI)
- Heat Resistant Outsole (HRO)
- Oil and gasoline resistance (FO)
- Outer sole traction (SRC)
- Outer sole tread
The sole of the M05 is extended to cover the parts most prone to wear & tear, like the nose and heel. If you're tired of worn leather on your toe box, that's something you can leave behind with these.
In the latest iteration the traditionally lightweight boots got some heft and it's all in the sole: it resists torsion and bending better than before, which helps carry large loads over rough terrain. Those of you who want a more flexible sole, check out the Fantom Drylock instead.
Shock absorption and excellent traction are Finnish footwear legacy features. Kinda like all season tyres, these have such good grip on ice that you'd need studs to do better. The secret is not just the tread, but special material which doesn't harden in the cold.
The inner soles are also wide, shock absorbing and well ventilated.
The lacing is a very practical traditional speed lacing system. All metal parts are stamped sheet metal, which won't snap like crumbly die-cast rubbish. Once you have tightened the lower part, locking hooks at the instep retain lace tension and you can leave the shaft a bit looser for better blood circulation.
These boots are meant to be used with double socks at least, so there is no lining or padding. The idea is that a wet boot dries more quickly and can be stuffed with dry socks to get back into action. The shaft is padded at the top and features a loop to help putting the boot on.
These follow FDF sizing, which is practically speaking one size larger than the label says. So if you usually wear 44, most likely a 43 will fit you best, unless you plan to wear three pairs of socks of course. The last is wide.
Here's a chart of insole lengths. Measure your foot and pick a 1-2 cm (3/8" - 7/8") longer insole for toe clearance, or measure an existing insole of shoes that fit you.
|Shoe size||Insole length|
Care of leather boots
Although Gore-Tex seems to be the thing today, traditional leather boots still have their advantages. Because of the simple construction, these will probably outlast most "hi-tech" boots and stand up to rough abuse. Grease these up once in a while to keep them waterproof and the leather supple.
Made in Finland
Made by Jalas, the same company that makes these for the Finnish Defence Forces. We have used these enough to say that if you need really good traditional leather combat boots, here's a top choice - you get what you pay for.
Norwegian M77 combat boots
Jalas Fantom Drylock
Haix Airpower P3
Särmä jump boots
Finnish M05 utility pouch, large
Finnish M05 rucksack, small
Särmä TST M05 RES camo jacket
Särmä TST L4 Field Jacket
Särmä TST L4 Field Trousers
Särmä TST DP10 Roll-Top daypack
Särmä TST M05 RES camo trousers
Särmä TST Boot Socks, Merino Wool
Jalas FX2 insoles
BW shoe polish
Särmä Merino Socks
Shoe brush, dual action
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Hyvät popot, kyllä näillä kelpaa metsään mennä.
Jere H. 18.04.2018
Aukusti M. 16.05.2018 (Edited 17.05.2018)
Sami P. 01.07.2018
Liikun paljon luonnossa ja kengänpohjan jäykkyys on omiaan parantamaan kulkua ja etenkin kulkijan nilkkojen rasitus on pieni.
Kengänpohjan kuvioinnin seurauksena kenkä ei sudi vaikka lähtökiihdytys on kova ja alustana märkä kallion pinta.
Ville V. 02.07.2018
Mikko S. 09.09.2018
Anders T. 29.09.2018 (Edited 07.01.2019)
I solved the problem by using two insoles instead of one and by using three socks as standard. Apart from that is it a very good boot even if you dont have paws like a bear.
Adam R. 20.10.2018
I only have a couple of gripes, the sole doesn't seem to last all that long, after a few months the sole is wearing flat in some areas because the sole tread is very shallow from the factory. That seems to be a new trend in modern boots and I don't like it. They really need to make the treat much deeper so it stays grippe in all terrain for longer. The sole has just started to peel away from the leather but it hasn't started letting water in there yet so it's still good. I've only been wearing them for about 5 months every day so that's not too bad. Still I don't really want to see it coming away at all. I really like the rubber toe area, really helps keeping the boots in good condition. The innersole is superb I can't fault it.
The biggest problem I have with the boot is that at the top of the boot where the tongue meets the base of the boot there is an M shape that combines the two pieces of leather, water gets in there and will drip onto your feet. This will only happen in deep water or deep snow but it's still and issue. Also the plastic tips to the laces start to come off so I replaced them with kevlar laces with metal tips. Problem solved.
I suppose the only other problem I have with it is that they aren't all that easy to clean, too many areas for dirt to collect, they should maybe look at making a simpler design with no little corners for crap to get down into.
Best way to care for them is to simply clean them up and apple liberal amounts of leather grease.
Nina S. 18.01.2019
Ilkka J. 02.05.2019 (Edited 02.05.2019)