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DE­SIGNED FOR SEALS, LALO TAC­TI­CAL’S SHADOW AM­PHIB­IAN BOOTS EX­CEED EXPECTATIONS

Tactical World - - Contents - By Dave Rho­den

De­signed for SEALS, LALO Tac­ti­cal’s Shadow Am­phib­ian boots ex­ceed expectations.

We re­cently re­ceived the kitchen sink in the form of 8-inch badass boots, the Shadow Am­phib­ian 8 inch by LALO Tac­ti­cal.

Just in case you’re not fa­mil­iar with the brand, LALO is an acro­nym for “Light As­sault Op­er­a­tor,” a nim­ble, quick, tac­ti­cal Spe­cial Forces Op­er­a­tor.

The LALO Tac­ti­cal line is a di­rect re­sult of brief­ings re­ceived from Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces. The need was to build light­weight, pack­able and breath­able boots and shoes they could count on, whether train­ing or de­ployed. “We eval­u­ated what they needed for wa­ter­borne oper­a­tions and built the prod­uct to ex­ceed their re­quire­ments,” said Jay Taylor, LALO chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

Mis­sion ac­com­plished.

SEAL IN­FLU­ENCED

Their tac­ti­cal boots and ath­letic de­signs put an em­pha­sis on noise re­duc­tion, sup­port and game-day per­for­mance.

Ac­cord­ing to Taylor, “The Shadow Am­phib­ian is made for and in con­junc­tion with the Navy SEALS to use while in the air, on land and in the wa­ter. It is not de­signed to keep the wa­ter out, but to let if flow in and out of the boot as needed.”

Guess what? It works. We took a leisurely stroll through a back­woods creek and watched the wa­ter flow out of our boots as if there were a mini bilge pump at work. Climb­ing rope was no prob­lem, and for fast rop­ing, they’ve ac­tu­ally built in a con­toured metal arch with teeth to make sure you don’t end up a lawn­dart in some far-away land.

“Our goal was to put the best pos­si­ble tac­ti­cal boot on the feet of the op­er­a­tors who are putting them­selves in harm's way,” Taylor said.

FEA­TURES

Fea­tures start with a two-way pas­sive drainage sys­tem; patented com­pos­ite plate and TPU out­sole for an ef­fi­cient “stealth ap­proach” when trans­fer­ring en­ergy from foot strike to toe-off; con­toured climb­ing arch; com­pres­sion molded EVA mid­sole and in­sole; fin lock; slip re­sis­tant, light­weight, in­jec­tion-blown Dupont TPU out­sole; and ar­tic­u­lat­ing heel and out­sole shape for as­sist­ing in noise re­duc­tion.

They also have a blade-re­sis­tant “Su­per­fab­ric” toe cap; 8-inch microfiber wa­ter-shed­ding syn­thetic leather up­per with breath­able mem­brane; mois­ture-wick­ing, wa­ter-shed­ding an­timi­cro­bial up­per lin­ing; rip-stop ny­lon ac­cents; en­gi­neered Achilles flex notch; sleek vamp pro­file for se­cure fin fit and climb­ing; gus­seted tongue con­struc­tion with in­vis­i­ble lace pocket; and seam­less and light­weight quar­ter pro­tec­tion con­struc­tion.

“Time and space mat­ter in tac­ti­cal sit­u­a­tions, and the Shadow boot was de­signed and de­vel­oped with this in mind,” said Shan­non Baker, LALO’S chief busi­ness of­fi­cer. “Our fo­cus was to give the op­er­a­tor the best pos­si­ble ad­van­tage.”

Again, mis­sion ac­com­plished.

“WE EVAL­U­ATED WHAT THEY NEEDED FOR WA­TER­BORNE OPER­A­TIONS AND BUILT THE PROD­UCT TO EX­CEED THEIR RE­QUIRE­MENTS.”

For these tac­ti­cal boots, the em­pha­sis is on noise re­duc­tion, sup­port and per­for­mance.

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