Having gotten to know the guys from Military1st quite well over the past few years I think that they have quite a sense of humour. I say that because I was sent a pair of the Magnum Lightweight Patrol Boots (based on the Magnum Scorpion boot). Why is that funny? Because I spend most of my time in rural Scotland and when I received these boots we were moving into winter, not exactly the ‘temperate’ climate for which they were designed for hahaha.
So down to the details of the boots and the first thing I will say is that I adhered to a stricter winter foot regime when using these boots as the conditions underfoot were not ideal. However, these boots performed incredibly well and I know that as we move into more temperate / hotter conditions they will start to excel.
The upper part of the boot is manufactured from suede and 1150 denier nylon incorporating the ‘Breathe Right’ lining to provide comfort, moisture wicking and breathability for the user. It also utilises an antibacterial treatment ‘Agion’ within the sock liner and when combined with the Applied Orange Performance socks I wear as standard it greatly increased the ability of the feet remaining fresh.
Although not obvious they have a reinforced composite toecap, something I put to the test on more than one occasion with protruding roots and tree stumps.
You have a full ‘tongue’ being stitched securely internally (this did help a lot with water / splash protection).
The lace eyelets are of a strong rust proof hardware and the speed lace system was a huge benefit especially when donning & doffing with sock swap outs (this was due to wet & winter conditions). The Yes, the boots held up incredibly well when in use and quickly dried, but I did require changing socks just for personal comfort. This is in no way a negative reflection of these boots, more the conditions I was using them in. One element which I did find very handy was the ‘pull’ tab at the rear, which was generous in size and easily used while still wearing gloves (a better picture of this pull-tab is found later in this review).
The outer-sole is a high traction slip & oil resistant rubber with a very good grip for both durability and traction. Even in wet and muddy conditions I did not have any concerns about moving at speed over the uneven and slippery terrain.
I also used the ‘M-P.A.C.T Plus’ innersole / sock liner which was a great addition to the comfort factor. M-P.A.C.T stands for ‘Magnum Performance Athletic Comfort Technology’ and although not issued with the boots (they do come with an extra standard innersole) I would highly recommend you consider purchasing them.
The Magnum M-P.A.C.T offers three densities of cushioning and support as well as being shock absorbing, moisture wicking and actively contouring to the user’s foot shape.
These boots are incredibly lightweight weighing in at 2lbs for the pair, are NATO approved and I can certainly see these being more widely used across a variety of disciplines. They held up under conditions they were not originally designed for; they were comfortable and secure at all times and just generally a damn good boot. Having last used a pair of ‘Magnum’ boots (Magnum Hi-Tec Original) well over a decade ago I am pleased to see that things have not changed, in fact they have improved.
Many thanks to Military 1st for providing this pair of boots and I can foresee more excessive use of these as we move into warmer and more temperate climate. You get em here: www.military1st.co.uk/brands-magnum
Review written by: Richard aka FireBase Alpha