Over the years civilian combat boots have gone through a number of changes. Unlike government issues boots, the companies have to answer to an even higher power, the consumer. Companies that provide solutions to issues a consumer has, can usually be counted on to be around for quite a while. Well it’s my privilege to introduce you to a boot that not only has the attention of consumer’s world wide but also many governments. Let me be the first to introduce you to the Magnum Force Stealth 8.0 Ct Boot.
Magnum Boots as a brand was started in the early 1990’s when armed forces searched for durable and athletic military grade footwear. They didn’t just stop there; they’ve really knocked a homerun with their latest product.
There are quite a few companies offering full combat boots, but if they aren’t comfortable, light, and durable they won’t become your favorite pair of boots to wear. Well I created some categories and graded the Magnum Force Stealth based off of that. We will grade on a one through ten scale, with a ten being the highest possible ranking.
Comfort is an important component for me. I have a wider foot, and I demand arch support for any footwear that I wear for any length of time. While this is usually overlooked most times, this is one of the biggest reasons why you have issues later at night with your feet hurting you. Not to mention this can cause falls, sprains and twisted ankles.
The Magnum Force Stealth does exceptionally well here. They not only have a confortable insole, the arch support is amazing. I was able to get a wide version for my feet, and it was amazing. Another important point is the fact; the boots are much lighter than other boots on the market. Wearing the Magnums reminded me a lot of wearing a very confortable running shoe. I think it’s fair to say that most boots have a “break in” period. These felt immediately broken in when I placed them on my large foot. My rating of these boots is a 10 out of 10.
Durability goes hand in hand with comfort, as no footwear can be a favorite if it doesn’t last. Steel toe has become a standard in many everyday boots. These have a composite safety toe, what that means is that it’s the equivalent of the steel toe without the weight. Normally with those safety toe features the toe usually becomes scuffed and make them un-presentable in work situations after a few months. Not with these! They are fitted with an abrasion resistance so they look will last for quite a while. They use a combination of leather and nylon upper. I felt the only way to rate this was after months of use, and they are still in excellent shape. They get a 10 out of 10 on this rating as well.
Features the sides of these boots have a zipper on them, which make it cinch to get in and out of your future favorite boots. This also makes it great if you want to wear put the pant legs into your shows to prevent damage to the bottom of your trousers or jeans. I also want to point out that the people at Magnum Boots were listening when Lt. Dan told Forest and Bubba to take care of their feet. It’s also important to emphasis the new Ion-Mask technology they are introducing into the new versions of this boot. The Ion-Mask will help protect the boot from bacterial growth, which is key if you use your boots in wet conditions. Now my version of the boots didn’t come with this technology, so I can only give a 9 out of 10 since I’ll have to go buy the new version to get this feature.
As you can tell from the ratings, these are fabulous boots. I highly recommend that you check them out when you can. As far as prices, they currently run about $110-140 depending on where you shop. I looked on Amazon before finishing and I think I found my size for less than $115 shipped to my door. I think these boots fill a need in many areas, from hunting, law enforcement, to hiking in the wilderness.
Any other questions please check out Magnum’s website.
Many thanks to Matt for modeling the Magnums, and Haley for taking such great pictures for Gun and Game.
Any other questions please email chris [at] gunandgame.com