MONCh Gear Box Product Review
This sturdy combat boot, currently operationally deployed with several militaries, is intended as an all seasons boot, employing Gore-Tex‘ Extended Comfort breathable laminate lining (made specifically for this boot) to help keep the foot dry and HAIX‘ Climate System to keep it cool, by releasing warm air through the Micro-Dry lining at the collar by using the pumping movement caused by every step to generate air circulation through the internal construction of the boot, which uses 1.9–2.1mm thick hydrophobic and breathable Nubuk leather uppers plus durable water-resistant and abrasion-resistant textiles.
Both toe and heel areas are protected by a substantial rubber rand. The composite rubber and polyurethane outsole is manufactured by VIBRAM and intended for both road and off-road use, offering a combination of high wear resistance and good non-slip traction; also being oil, petrol and heat resistant and compliant with EN ISO 20347:2012. The heel section is shock-absorbing and gives a nice bounce when marching.
The footbed is much more than just a basic insole: anatomically formed and consisting of a heel and instep cup bonded to a thick shaped foam layer with fabric top layer, it is both replaceable and washable (at 30°C). Its construction offers good moisture absorption and the materials used mean if dries out very quickly.
Seven-eyelet lacing with locking D-design at the mid (fourth) eyelet position, allows for separate adjustment of the boot in both the foot and leg area; ensuring the boot is really secure on the foot.
The company’s Smart Lacing method, as the company claims, ensures smooth and non-pressure adjustment of the boot to the foot and the SCOUT also has the quick lock and side lace pocket design; I was a bit unsure about this feature when I originally encountered it and had to replace the faulty lacing locks, as they kept on opening. The new ones now work and having been used for a few kilometres are quite innovative. Stay tuned for more, as we keep on wearing and testing them.