SWISS KS90 WATERPROOF COMBAT BOOTS (GEN II)
SWISS KS90 WATERPROOF COMBAT BOOTS (GEN II)
SWISS KS90 WATERPROOF COMBAT BOOTS (GEN II)
SWISS KS90 WATERPROOF COMBAT BOOTS (GEN II)
SWISS KS90 WATERPROOF COMBAT BOOTS (GEN II)
SWISS KS90 WATERPROOF COMBAT BOOTS (GEN II)
SWISS KS90 WATERPROOF COMBAT BOOTS (GEN II)
SWISS KS90 WATERPROOF COMBAT BOOTS (GEN II)
The Swiss Kampfstiefel 90 is a fairly advanced combat boot. And when I say combat, I mean Combat with a capital C---because that's what the Swiss intended it for.

Designed for heavy and constant use in challenging terrain, the KS90 shows a degree of engineering more commonly seen in high end mountaineering gear and ski boots. Specifically, a great deal of attention has been paid to supporting and protecting the delicate parts of the wearer's foot. This is really out of necessity; every Swiss infantryman is a mountain soldier, and even one broken ankle presents a serious hazard at the company level.

With this in mind, the unique appearance of the KS90 starts to make sense. The thick, hybrid-type sole combines an aggressive outer tread (licensed from Vibram) with a contoured shock absorbing core. The result is ruggedly functional, but comfortable enough for long hours hiking and bouldering.

The wearer's foot rests slightly recessed into the aforementioned sole, cradled between it and multiple soft padded leather inserts. These inserts align with the the top, sides, and rear of the ankle in a manner very similar to a therapeutic brace. When properly laced, the padding gently applies pressure, effectively eliminating ankle sprains and rolls while carrying heavy loads.

Most boots with this level of reinforcement suffer in the mobility department. In fact excessive rigidity can impede the natural flexing of the foot to the point of causing injuries. To prevent this, the Swiss-German design team behind the Kampfstiefel 90 placed an aggressive joint where the ankle naturally flexes in its forward range of travel. With this flexible joint, the KS90 tackles inclines with relative ease--feeling closer to a wildly overbuilt sneaker than a traditional heavy combat boot.

The remaining technical features are simple but important---the upper is constructed of thick full grain leather with a gusseted, high cut tongue and reinforced toe. With appropriate long term care, the high quality leather makes the boots functionally waterproof---and very well suited to cold weather and snow. In a true arctic environment you'll need to move to insulated "moon boots," but for anything short of that the KS90 will serve you faithfully.

Condition:

First introduced in 1990, the Kampfstiefel 90 has been in active service for nearly 30 years. Our batch is a complete lot from the Swiss military's ongoing phase out---a process which began in 2017. In this respect we fared pretty well. Our boots were stored in a series of climate controlled military warehouses and were shipped to us in outstanding condition. Date stamps indicate our Gen I boots were manufactured in the late 2000s and early 2010s, while our Gen II boots mostly date from the last 5 years.

You should expect your boots to arrive in excellent condition, with minor superficial scuff marks from handling and their transit to the US. Boots may be restored to like new condition with the application of a soapy rag and a new coat of polish.

Swiss training manuals recommend you clean and polish your boots monthly during regular use. Depending on your climate, a layer of wax or spray-on water repellent is recommended. When applying these products make sure the boot is clean, dry, and polished. Do not apply water proofing treatments to a wet boot or polish which has not completely cured.

Generation:

It turns out that the KS90 boot is actually two boots---or rather---two generations of boot.

The Generation I KS90 was produced from 1990 until sometime in the early 2010s. A variety of high end German, Swiss, and Austrian manufacturers supplied the boot for the Swiss military, trading off various contracts over that 20 year span.

After those contracts ended, a single company, "Minerva" appears to have taken over the contract until 2017. For this leg of production, Minerva updated their tooling and made some minor modernizations.


Generation I boots are characterized by their construction of the sole, which consists of several rubber layers stacked together, secured to the welt, and protected with a thick rubber ring.


Generation II boots are identical, except the sole is directly overmolded onto the boot. This technically advanced process results in a single piece outsole, with the cushioning layers confined internally

The outward difference between Gen I and Gen II is subtle, enough to make you second guess yourself when handling them in person. Performance wise too, both boots are identical in form, function, and comfort. However, there is a difference in long term care.

Specifically, the layer-cake design of Gen I boots makes them less forgiving of improper long term storage. If placed in direct, strong UV light (i.e. left in the sun) the sealant protecting the layers will degrade over time, eventually killing the boot. Long term storage in excessively hot and dry environments has a similar effect. Because this damage only occurs in long term storage, it is important to know the storage pedigree and current condition of any Gen I KS90 you intend to purchase.

In summary, if you go out of your way to deliberately abuse a Generation I boot, the sole will prematurely degrade. This should not an issue with normal use, in fact we warranty all Generation I boots against failure for 6 months and send them out the door with a fresh coat of UV protectant and rubber conditioner.


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.

All KS90 boots are guaranteed against failure for 6 months after delivery.

Sizing:
The KS90 runs true to size. However, due to its construction care should be taken to select appropriate size for you. Unlike other more flexible boots, the rigid leather of the KS90 will not bend to accomodate a wide foot in a regular width. This affords superior protection and comfort to the user when correctly sized.

If you have any questions about sizing please contact us via live chat or at help@kommandostore.com

SWISS KS90 WATERPROOF COMBAT BOOTS (GEN II)

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The Swiss Kampfstiefel 90 is a fairly advanced combat boot. And when I say combat, I mean Combat with a capital C---because that's what the Swiss intended it for.

Designed for heavy and constant use in challenging terrain, the KS90 shows a degree of engineering more commonly seen in high end mountaineering gear and ski boots. Specifically, a great deal of attention has been paid to supporting and protecting the delicate parts of the wearer's foot. This is really out of necessity; every Swiss infantryman is a mountain soldier, and even one broken ankle presents a serious hazard at the company level.

With this in mind, the unique appearance of the KS90 starts to make sense. The thick, hybrid-type sole combines an aggressive outer tread (licensed from Vibram) with a contoured shock absorbing core. The result is ruggedly functional, but comfortable enough for long hours hiking and bouldering.

The wearer's foot rests slightly recessed into the aforementioned sole, cradled between it and multiple soft padded leather inserts. These inserts align with the the top, sides, and rear of the ankle in a manner very similar to a therapeutic brace. When properly laced, the padding gently applies pressure, effectively eliminating ankle sprains and rolls while carrying heavy loads.

Most boots with this level of reinforcement suffer in the mobility department. In fact excessive rigidity can impede the natural flexing of the foot to the point of causing injuries. To prevent this, the Swiss-German design team behind the Kampfstiefel 90 placed an aggressive joint where the ankle naturally flexes in its forward range of travel. With this flexible joint, the KS90 tackles inclines with relative ease--feeling closer to a wildly overbuilt sneaker than a traditional heavy combat boot.

The remaining technical features are simple but important---the upper is constructed of thick full grain leather with a gusseted, high cut tongue and reinforced toe. With appropriate long term care, the high quality leather makes the boots functionally waterproof---and very well suited to cold weather and snow. In a true arctic environment you'll need to move to insulated "moon boots," but for anything short of that the KS90 will serve you faithfully.

Condition:

First introduced in 1990, the Kampfstiefel 90 has been in active service for nearly 30 years. Our batch is a complete lot from the Swiss military's ongoing phase out---a process which began in 2017. In this respect we fared pretty well. Our boots were stored in a series of climate controlled military warehouses and were shipped to us in outstanding condition. Date stamps indicate our Gen I boots were manufactured in the late 2000s and early 2010s, while our Gen II boots mostly date from the last 5 years.

You should expect your boots to arrive in excellent condition, with minor superficial scuff marks from handling and their transit to the US. Boots may be restored to like new condition with the application of a soapy rag and a new coat of polish.

Swiss training manuals recommend you clean and polish your boots monthly during regular use. Depending on your climate, a layer of wax or spray-on water repellent is recommended. When applying these products make sure the boot is clean, dry, and polished. Do not apply water proofing treatments to a wet boot or polish which has not completely cured.

Generation:

It turns out that the KS90 boot is actually two boots---or rather---two generations of boot.

The Generation I KS90 was produced from 1990 until sometime in the early 2010s. A variety of high end German, Swiss, and Austrian manufacturers supplied the boot for the Swiss military, trading off various contracts over that 20 year span.

After those contracts ended, a single company, "Minerva" appears to have taken over the contract until 2017. For this leg of production, Minerva updated their tooling and made some minor modernizations.


Generation I boots are characterized by their construction of the sole, which consists of several rubber layers stacked together, secured to the welt, and protected with a thick rubber ring.


Generation II boots are identical, except the sole is directly overmolded onto the boot. This technically advanced process results in a single piece outsole, with the cushioning layers confined internally

The outward difference between Gen I and Gen II is subtle, enough to make you second guess yourself when handling them in person. Performance wise too, both boots are identical in form, function, and comfort. However, there is a difference in long term care.

Specifically, the layer-cake design of Gen I boots makes them less forgiving of improper long term storage. If placed in direct, strong UV light (i.e. left in the sun) the sealant protecting the layers will degrade over time, eventually killing the boot. Long term storage in excessively hot and dry environments has a similar effect. Because this damage only occurs in long term storage, it is important to know the storage pedigree and current condition of any Gen I KS90 you intend to purchase.

In summary, if you go out of your way to deliberately abuse a Generation I boot, the sole will prematurely degrade. This should not an issue with normal use, in fact we warranty all Generation I boots against failure for 6 months and send them out the door with a fresh coat of UV protectant and rubber conditioner.


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.

All KS90 boots are guaranteed against failure for 6 months after delivery.

Sizing:
The KS90 runs true to size. However, due to its construction care should be taken to select appropriate size for you. Unlike other more flexible boots, the rigid leather of the KS90 will not bend to accomodate a wide foot in a regular width. This affords superior protection and comfort to the user when correctly sized.

If you have any questions about sizing please contact us via live chat or at help@kommandostore.com

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Really nice boot for a really nice price

There is a lot of boot here for less than half the price of what you'd expect to pay. If you're on the fence about these I say do it. Mine came with a little damage, but I was easily able to repair it following Ivan's repair procedure on he created on that Kommando Blog for the Austrian meme boots. After the repair and some wax and polish they looked fantastic. Check out the before and after repair photos.

These boots are amazingly comfortable right out of the box. The leather is extremely supportive around the ankle and the soles feel like I'm wearing a sneaker. I have not tested them in a downpour but I feel confident in their ability.

They are less flexible than boots I'm used to wearing so sizing can be a bit tricky. I went half a size up from what I wear in the Austrian boots, which is about a full size down from my sneaker size, and the fit is perfect. I highly recommend you reach out to the guys and ask about sizing as I would have gone too small on these and had some issues.

Over all 10/10 would step in sewer water with and not fear for poop sock.

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Those look absolutely beautiful, very well done polishing them up.

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Yeah theyre solid boots, had some dorks name in them. Get fucked Mandelbaum, your boots are mine.

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very nice

Got the size 45eu/11.5us double wide, could have maybe gone for a normal wide, but foot feels very nice in them anyway.

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Comfy

Very nice boots, true to size, and very well made. Money well spent,

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thanks for helping your favourite autistic australian

literally 10/10 lads. fantastic boots, feel great and look great and will be perfect when the day comes to overthrow the government in order to get our gun rights back. if you ever need boots to gutter stomp anti gunners these are the ones! soft enough to cushion your foot from the impact but the soul is hard enough to smash their skulls in to several pieces!

and their good work boots too i guess

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