Battlefield review of this boot taken from Blackhawk's website:
My name is Spc Christopher Nealis. I am a paratrooper with the 2/508 PIR deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF. I have 14 people in my heavy weapons platoon (4th plt Delta 2/508). I have held all positions in the platoon including dismounted rifleman, gunner, and driver. I have been wearing the Blackhawk Desert Boots for the entire 8 months of my deployment. Through the snow, climbing mountains, walking 16k at night, and standing in the gun for over 12 hours. I tried the issued boots, Oakley SI boots, and the Converse boots. Nothing has worked as well as the Blackhawk's. On September 15th we were responding to a QRF when we were ambushed by an overwhelming enemy force. I was in the gun and upon contact my vehicle (covering trail) was struck by an EFP/IED. I took shrapnel in the rear of both my legs. My driver was knocked unconscious and my TC was wounded in the right arm. I stayed in the gun returning fire until we were able to clear out of the kill zone. Upon reconsolidating I was removed from the gun and placed in the TC position of another truck. We made link up with the platoon we were originally going out for and received fire for the next hour until we were back at the firebase and the LZ for medivac. Getting to the hospital my trousers were cut as were my boots. I am recovering with physical therapy and appointments and should return to my unit within a month or two. I got to see my boots before they were burned and noticed some shrapnel in the rear sole of the right foot. I do not have any shrapnel in my foot. I credit that to you guys. So that is what I am trying to say. Blackhawk saved my sole. I appreciate everything and will be placing an order for more boots as soon as I can. Once again thanks for making such quality stuff. I will be a Blackhawk man for the rest of my career.
Spc. Christopher N"