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As a joint effort of Lowa and Varusteleka we're proud to present the Z-8N / M19 Combat Boots! 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". This model is available only from Varusteleka!
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.
Upper made of leather and cordura. The leather mostly resides in the lower region where most of the wear happens. Leather thickness is 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: rubber 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.
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 on snow, these are not so thanks to more clearance between the tread lugs. The tradeoff is that these will slip more easily on oily metal surfaces (police standard testing requirements).
The sole frame is solid black instead of grey and our Särmä TST logo was added to the tongue. 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.
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 these figures, knowing that it's rather difficult to determine a service life for boots.
The boots have a 2-year warranty against material and workmanship defects. If there's anything at fault, you'll notice it for sure in a couple of years.
Made to UK sizes, with roughly equivalent EU/French sizes in the brackets. Lowa boots are standard-fitting in comparison to many other brands, so it's advisable to start with your usual size or measure your foot length in millimetres (Mondopoint).
Lowa recommends measuring your foot for best results. If your foot is 265 mm long, for example, choose size UK 8. This leaves a suitable toe extra in the boot. Even if your foot is 1-2 mm longer, this is unlikely to be a problem: then you'll just have a bit less toe extra. In these cases, your own experience is valuable: if your foot is very wide or you want a lot of sock clearance for winter use, don't pick the smaller option.
UK sizes convert easily to US sizes, just add 1 to each size. UK 8 = US 9, for example.
Sizes UK 4 - 7 (with Ws-suffix) are sized according to the same UK standard as others but have four structural differences: Softer edging at the calf, padded tongue to prevent shifting, modified instep and ball area for a closer fit and a more flexible midsole. These features are commonly good for feminine feet, but the boots can be worn by anyone: fitting of boots and shoes is always an individual thing.
The tables below show the recommended foot length and for the smaller sizes also a conversion to US Women's sizes.
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.
Särmä TST is Varusteleka's in-house brand of clothing and gear designed for military and law enforcement end-users. Our clothing and equipment are made in co-operation with a number of experienced manufacturers with a strong background in producing clothing and gear for military and law enforcement officials, most notably for the Finnish Defence Forces. For further reading check out the Särmä TST corner of our website.
Särmä TST products are covered by a 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For further information please read our detailed warranty guide.
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