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Johnny_Reno  [Team Member]
3/2/2004 9:55:54 PM
I'm in the market for a pair of jungle boots. I know that there is a Chinese knock-off, POS copy that is sold that looks just like the USGI versions.

Does anyone know what brand name those are sold under (or any other way to identify them?) I'd like to steer clear of them if I can help it.
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Sylvan  [Team Member]
3/2/2004 9:58:10 PM
Altima or Bellevue. If you can find official GI issue (its tough, the green ones are REALLY tough), those are good too. Instead of avoiding brands, just go with ones you can trust.
Johnny_Reno  [Team Member]
3/2/2004 10:03:52 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By Sylvan: Altima or Bellevue. If you can find official GI issue (its tough, the green ones are REALLY tough), those are good too. Instead of avoiding brands, just go with ones you can trust.[/quote] Are you saying that I should avoid Altima or Bellevue or should I try and get those? and how do I know if I can trust a boot without knowing who manufactured it?
giffmann  [Team Member]
3/2/2004 10:08:44 PM
I'm not real impressed with the Altama and the other brand recommended should be Belleville. However, for the money, and based on numerous comments from the Lighfighter forum I would recommend Wellco boots. Inexpensive and very good. Check them out over at: [url=http://lightfighter.com/category.html?UCIDs=1273400]Boots on Lightfighter.com[/url]
Johnny_Reno  [Team Member]
3/3/2004 7:35:41 PM
Bump.
Thunderbolt  [Member]
3/3/2004 8:06:32 PM
I noticed real USGI jungle boots have markings on the sole "Ro search" this is one way of identifying real GI boots, they should also have brass screened vents to let the water out.
TexRdnec  [Team Member]
3/3/2004 8:15:43 PM
glad this got brought up..........can somebody out there please tell me how the sizes in belleville boots run? i wear anything from a 10.5 (double H) to a 12 (wolverines) so if i just guessed at the size i need i know damn well i'd get it wrong
Backstop  [Team Member]
3/3/2004 8:23:53 PM
I've been half heartedly searching for real issue green jungle boots. I don't have any left and want a pair. I know a few folks who have the Desert Acadia and say they are really nice. For almost $200, they should be. FWIW - I have two pair of Danners. If you can shop at AAFES, these are real issue. I had some of these and they're good - just black not green. I may end up just buying a pair of these. [img]partners.aafes.com/wsICSImage/clsShowImage.asmx/ShowImage?id=M419A&size=med[/img] Item Number: M419A Mens & Womens ''Jungle'' Troop Boots Price...$68.55 Mildew resistant, tropical combat boot in leather with nylon upper and direct molded sole. Built-in spike resistant insole. Eyelet and speed lace features. Two metal drainage vents. (DSCP)
POW-MIAneverforget  [Member]
3/3/2004 8:32:40 PM
I have a set of Altma jungle boots, i can't complain about them. They've done everything i've asked them to do. My rule for buying boots is that any good boot should cost at least 80 dollars or more, if you see jungle boots for 20 bucks there probably not gonna last to long. thats just my two cents
Sylvan  [Team Member]
3/3/2004 8:56:54 PM
The new black jungles are quite different in fit and quality than the old green jungle boots. I don't particularly like the new black ones. The heel strap blows out a lot and the padded top just doesn't work for me. The only green issue jungle boots I can find now are factory seconds (I can't find the fault) If you can't try the boot on, don't buy it. Sizes are all over the place.
Maggot  [Member]
3/3/2004 9:07:39 PM
The black ones are what we were issued in 91. The only people that got the green ones were people that had the wierd sizes. The metal plate on the bottom of them rusted and broke apart while in the field and I had a bunch of broken rust chunks stuck in my foot.
Backstop  [Team Member]
3/3/2004 9:14:47 PM
How about these? [url]http://www.omahas.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=5_33&products_id=23[/url] Sylvan, That's good info. The black ones I had I got around '93 or so. To me, they seemed the same as the green ones, but I guess things have changed. Mine weren't padded on the top. I won't be buying the black ones. Where did you find the seconds?
Backstop  [Team Member]
3/3/2004 9:19:41 PM
Or these... [url]http://altama.com/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=8852[/url]
eodtech2000  [Team Member]
3/3/2004 9:38:27 PM
Sylvan is dead on the Black Jungles!!! When the Black ones first came out, I was at Schofield Barracks, CIF had a bin overflowing with blownout Black Jungles!!!! The green ones were the ones to have and in my opinion a superior feeling boot too!!!
SlimHazy  [Team Member]
3/3/2004 9:41:58 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By giffmann: However, for the money, and based on numerous comments from the Lighfighter forum I would recommend Wellco boots. Inexpensive and very good. Check them out over at: [url=http://lightfighter.com/category.html?UCIDs=1273400]Boots on Lightfighter.com[/url][/quote] I'll second the recommendation on Wellco. The issue jungles marked "Ro-search" on the soles are Wellco's. They make USGI ones with the Panama sole, commercial grade similar to issue, and their own version with the "TuffCushion" sole. It's thicker and softer than issue, and comes with either a ripple (think moon footprint) or vibram-type lug sole. Very comfy, minimal break-in, lightweight and available in [green]green[/green] ! The VCL-ICB is also nice, the laces go further toward your toes; good for high insteps.
willardp-63  [Member]
3/3/2004 10:05:48 PM
The last catalog Sportsmans guide sent me has Bates Marine Corp issue jungle/desert boots listed. These are seconds with minor blemishes. Item #CX4X-80775X Wide sizes avaliable. $99.97 buyers club $89.97
Sylvan  [Team Member]
3/3/2004 10:32:48 PM
i got my seconds at a surplus store outside Ft. Hood. I got my black jungles (for free!) at Schofield Barracks, too. Just didn't work for me. If you decide to get the issue black jungles, be aware the sizes run big.
mk1iii  [Member]
3/3/2004 11:03:14 PM
I have a brand new pair of USGI OD Jungle Boots sitting right here. Perfect shape. On the tongue it says: SPIKE PROTECTIVE 12XN [NH] 3-68 . On the bottom it says: Ro-Search HI-PALS 12XN Has the white plastic like woven inserts too. I got them for $25 from my local surplus connection guy. I wear 12R but for the money I said WTH. After wearing them standing in the bath tub to soften em up a bit I don't think I can use them as they're still alittle tight. Damn shame though. I just bought the new Altima Ripple Sole Jungle Boots and I just like these old school boots so much better. If somebody can wear a 12 narrow give me a hollar as they can be yours for around $20 bucks. -Mk1III
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