A Comparison of 2 Current-Issue Army Boots, 5 Prototype Military Boots, and 5 Commercial Hiking Boots: Performance, Efficiency, Biomechanics, Comfort and Injury
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA MILITARY PERFORMANCEDIV
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The experiment evaluated the physiological, biomechanical, and maximal performance responses of 14 male soldiers wearing 2 current Army boots, 5 prototype Army boots, and 5 commercial hiking boots. Physiological evaluation determined the rate of oxygen consumption for carrying a 60-lb backpack load while walking in each type of boot. Biomechanical analysis quantified gait, posture, and lower-extremity joint forces and torques. Maximal-speed runs with and without a 60-lb backpack were timed on both straight and zigzag 400 m grass courses. Comfort and functionality questionairs were administered to the volunteers after they walked 6 miles at 3 mph over pavement and wooded trail in each boot-type blisters and other foot trauma were assessed post-march. Based on their overall performance, the boots were ranked from best to worst as follows 1 Salomon Adventure 9 Ultralight, 2 Raichle Highline, Tie for 3,4,5 Prototype 3, Prototype 4, Asolo Meridian, 6 Asolo AFX 535, 7 Prototype 1, 8Prototype 2 9 Montrail Moraine, 10 current-issue Army combat boot, 11 current-issue Army jungle boot, and 12 Prototype 5. The performance of all the boots is summarized in a table, and a list is provided of the best performer for each major evaluation variable.
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