Austrian KAZ 03 Alpine 'Ranger' Boot
Austrian KAZ 03 Alpine 'Ranger' Boot
Austrian KAZ 03 Alpine 'Ranger' Boot
Austrian KAZ 03 Alpine 'Ranger' Boot
Austrian KAZ 03 Alpine 'Ranger' Boot
Austrian KAZ 03 Alpine 'Ranger' Boot
Austrian KAZ 03 Alpine 'Ranger' Boot

Austrian KAZ 03 Alpine 'Ranger' Boot

Regular price$44.99 USD
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Current issue for the Austrian "Gebirgsjäger" mountain troops, this boot is unparalleled in alpine luxury. 

A staple in the Austrian boot lineup, the heavy alpine boots made for the Bundesheer by a variety of contractors have undoubtedly one of the finest pedigrees in alpine warfare. They're a great balance of classic boot design and ruggedness but with modern features like speed lacing that make them ever applicable. 

The interior is completely lined with high quality glove-like leather, and the exterior a hard-wearing full grain cowhide. Austrian boots have the reputation of being worn for several deployments, either being passed down to the next group of boot camp grunts, or thanks to a recent change in law, taken home by those who wore them. 

In the winter time, the supreme waterproofing and classic "vibram style" sole are a godsend. Not exactly ideal in the summer, but mountain warfare isn't all that warm anyways... 

We think you'll end up agreeing with the Austrians — 'hand me down' is a compliment to how long this boot will last.

 

Specs

  • Hook Grommets
  • 2mm thick leather construction, full grain cowhide
  • Insulated tan leather lining along the entire throat
  • Full gusseted tongue
  • Partially perforated ankle vents lets perspiration though but keeps the environment out
  • 10”-11” tall covering and supporting the entire ankle
  • Reinforced toe cap
  • 4 rows D-ring and 5 rows of hook style speed lacing grommets

 

Breaking in your boots

Generally, these Austrian boots have already seen some use. This does mean that the leather is not as stiff as new boots, but a breaking-in period is still recommended.

To break in your boots, wear them as often as possible over a one-to-two-week period of regular activity (think grocery store trips, not hiking trips or guerrilla warfare). Use good, full-length wool socks, and take note if you feel any "hot spots" while walking around. Friction between your foot and the boot causes blisters. Breaking in your boots should help with this.

If hot spots persist, silk or synthetic "liner socks" (worn under your wool ones) are a cheap and easy way to protect your feet. They are freely available at most outdoors stores.

 

Sizing

The Austrian Ranger runs true to size. If you plan to wear your boots with a thick insole and medium/thick socks, buy one size bigger.

For those with wide feet, you should follow your general style of fitting into normal shoes.

Exchanges & Warranty

If your size doesn't fit you correctly, please contact us within 30 days. The entire cost of your first exchange will be covered by KommandoStore, including postage to and from your CONUS address.

Condition Guide

    Great

    • Perfect functional condition with only minor cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use---lightly used and well cared for. Outsoles are in outstanding condition, and may even be new.
    • The item may show more noticeable internal/external writing, such as rank, serial numbers, etc.

    Good

    • Clear cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use that have not compromised functionality. Essentially, normal equipment used within normal parameters. Outsoles have seen use, but have plenty more miles left in them.
    • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
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      Reviewed by Keith W., from United States
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      I recommend this product
      US Foot Size
      11
      Foot Width
      Extra Wide
      US Size Purchased
      11.5
      How It FIts
      A Little Small
      Rated 4 out of 5
      Review posted

      Runs Narrow, otherwise Fantastic

      Fantastic boot for the price point! I had an issue with a damaged pair and KommandoStore sorted it right away. Fair warning - they're pretty snug in the toes, especially for the wide-footed. But even adding on the cost of getting them stretched at a hockey skate shop, they were well worth the price.

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      US Foot Size
      10
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      US Size Purchased
      10
      How It FIts
      Perfect
      Conditon
      As Described
      Rated 4 out of 5
      Review posted

      Comfortable for what they are

      Alright so I bought these on sale, and for the price I'm happy.

      Pros: They fit very well. Reviews all say "true to size" for the most part, and they're right. I'm excited to see how these fare in the cold. Heavy enough to feel durable but not so much that they're tiring. The lacing hooks all the way up make easy on and off.

      Cons: Small amount of water trickles in on top of the right boot, right where the "tongue" meets the upper, where the laces start. Decent water resistance otherwise. I'm sure a glob of some sealant will stop this once I find out exactly where this is. Left boot is completely water tight. Also, the heel of the right boot on the inside is worn through the leather. It's uncomfortable under long periods of wear. I will be buying shoe cups to try and prevent pain.

      Would recommend, especially for the price I got them.

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      11
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      US Size Purchased
      11
      How It FIts
      Perfect
      Conditon
      Better Than Described
      Rated 5 out of 5
      Review posted

      Fricken epic

      Easily the best $60 I've spent on footwear. The boots feel rugged and high quality, I feel like if they were new and made by a popular brand they'd be $200 - $300. Mine came in excellent condition, basically zero wear on the sole and insole, seems like the last person to wear these wore them around the block and turned them in. They're in the mid calf range, and pieces of leather are sewn on both sides of the tongue to make the boot completely waterproof. Also they have metal rings for the laces which feel strong af but also just look cool. I don't usually review stuff I've bought but I'm doing it for these because they're amazing and for $60 I feel like I stole them... In a good way. Kommandostore slaps dummy hard

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      Reviewed by Samuel M., from United States
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      I recommend this product
      US Foot Size
      11
      Foot Width
      Narrow
      US Size Purchased
      11.5
      How It FIts
      Perfect
      Conditon
      Better Than Described
      Rated 5 out of 5
      Review posted

      Good Heavy Boots

      For ~$40 you can't do better, I ordered 'Good' grade and they're on pretty good shape. The uppers are broken in and pretty much intact, the insoles don't have any noticeable wear on them, and while the tread is somewhat worn it's nothing catastrophic and these are the sorts of boots you'd resole instead of replacing when they wear out anyway given how rock solid they are. I wound up going up a step in size (I have slightly narrow feet and usually wear a US 11, ordered an EU 45) and they fit perfectly with one pair of thick socks, and have plenty of support and cushion on your arches and ankles. Looking forward to clomping around this winter, these were probably the best fortyish bucks I've spent in a while.

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      Reviewed by philip h., from United States
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      US Foot Size
      10.5
      Foot Width
      Wide
      US Size Purchased
      10
      How It FIts
      Perfect
      Conditon
      As Described
      Rated 5 out of 5
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      Damn Good Boot

      The Boot arrived on time with leather insoles and is in better condition than some of my older boots. it also doesnt get as hot as them, which is very nice.

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