Lowa Särmä TST Z-8N GTX® Combat Boots M19
As a joint effort of Lowa and Varusteleka we're proud to present the Särmä TST Z-8N Combat Boot! We took the stock model of the Lowa boot and not only ordered a LOT of them but had some tiny alterations made, thus is born the "M19" combat boot. Särmä TST Lowa is available only from Varusteleka!
- Gore-Tex membrane
- Thick nubuck leather and cordura
- Injection molded EVA multicomponent sole
- Speed lacing
- Weight about 1430 grams (3.15 lbs) for pair
- Materials and work from the EU
From the boonies to the asphalt
The Z-8N is light and manoeuvrable but a suitably stiff military boot. It's fit for use with the heaviest of loads, and in its element in proper military and outdoor use. However, it's a great choice for everyday boot too, at least during the cold and wet season.
The boot is lightweight and the sole system brings just the right amount of torsion resistance for all-terrain use. With a height of 20 cm, most of the fauna will stay out of your boot.
What's it about
Upper made of leather and cordura. The leather mostly resides in the lower region where most of the wear happens. Leather thickness 2,0-2,2 mm.
Waterproof membrane will keep your feet dry while letting sweat vapours through. The membrane is naturally real-deal Gore-Tex.
Lowa's own MONOWRAP sole. Comprises of three parts: EVA outsole, a plastic stiffener and PU frame. The heel has a separate stabilization piece. For additional wear protection, the outsole rises up in the nose. The sole is injection-moulded, so it is not replaceable but has a service life of 7 to 10 years. This construction type also makes the sole very light.
Speed lacing with tunnel loops. Compared to hook lacing the tunnel loops are more straightforward and won't get tangled up, thus preventing tripping on them.
The fit and last are made Just Right. This means you can wear as many socks as you want and adjust the fit to your liking. Not the case with the standard Finnish army footwear.
So what makes these Särmä TST?
We figured the Z-8N model was just about perfect as is, we just had a few modifications done:
The sole is a bit less stiff than the standard model, so these are more suited for general use. To achieve this the stiffener inside the sole was simply changed to a more flexible one.
The tread pattern is more coarse to facilitate use in winter conditions. The original Z-8N is a bit slippery, these are not so thanks to more clearance between the tread lugs. The tradeoff is that these will slip more easily on some oily metal surfaces (police standard testing requirements).
The sole frame is solid black and of course had our Särmä TST markings added. This model is only available from us!
These are GTX boots, so use only membrane-compatible shoe care products or you'll risk blocking the membrane! In short, clean the boots with a moist rag and brush, then treat the leather with suitable spray-on waterproofer and then apply grease lightly. Apply grease only when necessary - if the boot is in heavy use, do this more often. If the wear is just occasional, be gentle with the grease.
Remember to keep the inside on the boot free from debris to keep the membrane intact.
Maintenance guarantees long service life
When properly cared for the service life of the boot is seven to ten years - Lowa believes in its products so much they actually give some figures, knowing that defining service life for boots is difficult to give.
UK sizes, with comparable EU/French sizes in the brackets. The sizes run pretty small, so it might be wise to pick one size larger than you would usually wear.
If you want US sizes, just add 1 to each size. UK 8 = US 9, for example.
The women's models differ by having a steeper notch on the back part of the shaft to fit better their physique. These can be worn by men too.
Made by Lowa
Lowa is a household name in shoemaking. With over 90 years of experience, they do know what's what. Many military and law enforcement instances place their trust in Lowa, not forgetting countless hikers and outdoors people. Lowa tends to keep a lower profile than many other brands but their products reach far and wide.
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