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Austrian Alpine 'Ranger' Boot
Austrian Alpine 'Ranger' Boot
Austrian Alpine 'Ranger' Boot

Current issue for the Austiran "Gebirgsjäger" mountain troops, this boot is alpining luxury class. 

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

Recommended Aesthetic and Functional Practices

 

Breaking In Your Boots

Generally, these Austrian paratrooper 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.

Speed Lacing

It is of Ivan's opinion that tying your boots with a speed lacing method is superior to that of any external bow or knot.

It not only looks cleaner, but also minimizes the chance that you will trip, get your boots stuck, or have them untie because you used a granny knot like a child.

There is an assortment of different speed lacing methods that will have these three attributes in common.

  1. Very long laces (The excess in lace is necessary. If your boots come with normal-size laces, consider investing in longer laces)
  2. At least one full wrap of lace around the ankle
  3. Tucking all excess lace deep inside the boot

Here are video guides for two different styles of speed lacing. [Style 1] [Style 2]

Most of the boots comes with laces that are a little too short for most conventional speed lacing (it is still very possible if you copy the way it is laced in the photos, but it is not as sturdy or easy as it could be). Luckily good laces are inexpensive. Warehouse Ivan recommends you pick up some 87" or 92" laces (regardless of shoe size, it doesn't affect the lace length like you think it would)

Blousing and Tucking Your Trousers

If you are not going to tuck in your trousers when you tie your boots and you are wearing baggy pants, we recommend investing in elastic blousing garters / "boot bands."

It will look cleaner and keep your trouser cuffs out of the way.

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.
    • 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.
    • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.

      Austrian Alpine 'Ranger' Boot

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      Current issue for the Austiran "Gebirgsjäger" mountain troops, this boot is alpining luxury class. 

      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

      Recommended Aesthetic and Functional Practices

       

      Breaking In Your Boots

      Generally, these Austrian paratrooper 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.

      Speed Lacing

      It is of Ivan's opinion that tying your boots with a speed lacing method is superior to that of any external bow or knot.

      It not only looks cleaner, but also minimizes the chance that you will trip, get your boots stuck, or have them untie because you used a granny knot like a child.

      There is an assortment of different speed lacing methods that will have these three attributes in common.

      1. Very long laces (The excess in lace is necessary. If your boots come with normal-size laces, consider investing in longer laces)
      2. At least one full wrap of lace around the ankle
      3. Tucking all excess lace deep inside the boot

      Here are video guides for two different styles of speed lacing. [Style 1] [Style 2]

      Most of the boots comes with laces that are a little too short for most conventional speed lacing (it is still very possible if you copy the way it is laced in the photos, but it is not as sturdy or easy as it could be). Luckily good laces are inexpensive. Warehouse Ivan recommends you pick up some 87" or 92" laces (regardless of shoe size, it doesn't affect the lace length like you think it would)

      Blousing and Tucking Your Trousers

      If you are not going to tuck in your trousers when you tie your boots and you are wearing baggy pants, we recommend investing in elastic blousing garters / "boot bands."

      It will look cleaner and keep your trouser cuffs out of the way.

      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.
        • 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.
        • The item may exhibit clear internal/external writing. This may include rank, serial numbers, etc.
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          Sizing
          Rated 0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2, where minus 2 is Runs Small, 0 is True to Size and 2 is Runs Big
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          Rated 5 out of 5
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          Strong, solid, heavy, sturdy

          Solid boots. Ivan communicated well throughout the purchase and delivery op.

          I ordered "Good" condition in 10.5-11. I wear Adidas size 9.5. The sizing inside is labeled "44/8". There is are a few light cuts on the surface of the leather. None penetrate through, but if you're concerned with cosmetics, order the "Great" quality.

          I chose a size up because I have wider feet and wanted room for thick wool socks. Without thick socks, true to size would have probably been a better choice. Adding insoles makes them fit a bit smaller but tighter on the instep, which might be a problem if you have high arches.

          The insole on these boots is not removable. The interior is a nice, slick leather. Note that the tongue is attached on the sides. Also, the reinforced toe stands taller than most boots.

          Note that the grommet at the ankle essentially "cinches" the bottom lacing, meaning you can have different tightness on the instep than on the rest of the boot. Smart design.

          My only complaints are that they are a little heavy in the sole and not cushioned in any way. The lacing is showing age, needs replacement, but that's cheap enough.

          All in all, it looks like these boots will last longer than I will.

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