PEO Soldier's top individual equipment buyer, Col. Bill Cole, told us yesterday during a media roundtable that the service will soon field one of two versions of a new Mountain Combat Boot design intended for wear in the hot summers of Afghanistan.
The original mountain combat boot had a requirement for an all-leather upper and Gore-Tex lining. The new boot -- one version made by Wellco another made by Belleville -- have Cordura uppers and no Gore-Tex lining, increasing breatheability and cutting down on sweaty feet.
Each Soldier deploying to Afghanistan will be given one pair of each -- one winter, one summer variant -- of the Mt. Combat Boot, "that way they'll have the appropriate footwear throughout the year available to them," Cole said.