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Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.

Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots

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We collaborated with Alpina to create these modern, agile leather boots for scouts and other bush ninjas that move a lot. These tall black boots are designed for rough and tough conditions. They are more agile, nicer to walk in, and have better traction than regular army boots, yet sturdy as hell. For military stuff, hiking, hunting, and even everyday use for those who appreciate the timeless military look.

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Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.
Särmä TST Alpina Recon Boots.

We collaborated with Alpina to create these modern, agile leather boots for scouts and other bush ninjas that move a lot. These tall black boots are designed for rough and tough conditions. They are more agile, nicer to walk in, and have better traction than regular army boots, yet sturdy as hell. For military stuff, hiking, hunting, and even everyday use for those who appreciate the timeless military look.

  • Upper: 2.18 mm black hydrophpbic Box leather
  • Lining: 1 mm hydrophobic Napa leather
  • Midsole: Injected polyurethane
  • Outsole: Wear-resistant rubber
  • Insole: anatomic, w. antibacterial treatment
  • Weight: 830g/boot / 1.83 lbs (Size 42/UK8/US9)

Features and materials

We wanted our own full leather army boots to complement our Gore-Tex boots, so we designed these with Alpina. Weighing c. 830 g (1.83 lbs) per piece, they are quite lightweight and agile for military footwear of this support level. The soles aren’t super stiff but offer very good traction and are quite pleasant for your feet on long distances. Thick and wear-resistant but supple leather, very breathable just like leather boots should be.

The upper is made from black hydrophobic Box leather with a reinforcement piece on the toes and the heel. The lining is hydrophobic Napa leather. The outsole is rubber and the midsole injected polyurethane. The exchangeable anatomic insole has antibacterial treatment. The round black shoelaces are made from polyester/polyamide.

Use

As the name indicates, these boots are made for walking. They are designed with the tough Northern conditions in mind but they also work quite well in a hot climate, too. Many folks think that a leather boot without a Gore-Tex membrane is only good for dry weather. However, with proper care, it is a very versatile boot for all sorts of weather conditions. The world was built and all major wars fought in leather boots, so they are good for you too, gawdammit! We recommend wearing two socks on top of each other with these. The comfort lover’s choice is a Merino wool sock next to your skin and a waterproof sock on top of that but other combos work nicely, too.

Choosing the right size

Manufactured in UK sizes but we also added the approximate EU size. The last is fairly regular, not narrow nor wide.

The US-size? Simple: UK-size +1, e.g. UK 8.5 is US 9.5. Note! The labels on the boots and box indicate only a half-size difference between UK and US sizes. That's not how shoe sizes work, pay no attention to that. The difference between UK and US shoe sizes is one full size. The idea is to fit double-socks inside the boot.

Care of leather boots

Traditional leather boots still have their advantages over Gore-Tex. 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. You can find more information on shoe and boot care and our selection of shoe care products here.

An important thing to keep in mind is that leather boots take some time to shape nicely around your foot, so it is important to break in your new boots before the epic march from here to the seventh circle of Hell. Use them often but first walk shorter distances and increase the distance gradually.

Särmä TST

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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