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Magnum Boots – The updated 2016 (almost) definitive guide to fit

My definitive guide to the fit on the Magnum range has proved to be one of our most popular blog posts and clearly helpful for you guys, so I’ll continue to update it.  Since 2014 when I last posted the Magnum range continues to change year on year, so here’s our feedback on the fit for Magnum’s latest offerings, based upon our experience here in Cop Shop UK offices, and the ‘feet on’ experiences of our local Kent officers.

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As ever, the Magnum range continues to evolve and develop with new technologies, and as ever foot shape can have a big impact on the comfort of a boot, even if you have picked the top-of-the-range Magnum with luxury footbeds and memory foam. For those lucky enough to be able to visit us at our warehouses in Ramsgate, come on down, there’s never a better alternative to trying a few different styles on!  For everyone else, I hope this helps you out …

First of all we can’t create a boot blog without mentioning the Panther (8″ lace and side zip versions).  This boot continues to be a best seller, for value for money as well as for comfort, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  The Panther offers a regular fit suitable for most feet and similar width-wise to the Classic, although for those with narrower feet I’d urge you to move to the next paragraph :)

The Viper range continues to be popular, and is a fantastic mid range Magnum with a smooth full grain leather upper and M-pact footbed technology for comfort.  A good step up from the entry level Panther boots, and super lightweight in the leather and nylon versions … One thing of note since the Viper was introduced – this boot is a total hit with the ladies.  It has a style and regular to slimness of fit that seems to suit the female foot (or the narrower man’s foot) well in most cases.

For those looking for a regular to wider fit in a mid range Magnum, the new Lynx range has proved popular.  Again, a better quality of leather and the M-pact footbed and superior internal padding is standard with the Lynx.  The addition of a 6″ ankle version is also a bonus, since lightweight modern ankle styles seem to be thin on the ground!

Shortly to be added to the range, and probably the most exciting thing Magnum have done in a while to be honest, is the all new Strike Force boot.  Due Aug/Sept time the Strike Force will be a top of the range fully waterproof boot with new Michelin grip soles and some super cool styling.  Having seen the samples, this is a really nice looking boot!  There is also the introduction of a revolutionary material Armourgel, a self regenerative impact/energy absorbing gel added to the ankle areas to protect the wearer from injury.  Equally importantly this boot looks to be a similarly generous width fitting as the old non-safety Stealth range, and so should be an attractive option to many more Magnum fans.

For those that need safety (steel or composite toe cap) boots, there’s also some good news – the introduction of the Sitemaster and Roadmaster styles has made Magnum comfort a far more affordable option, and they’ve been a total hit for this reason alone.  Both Sitemaster and Roadmaster feature composite toe cap and sole protection meeting European safety standards, and taped seams to offer good waterproofing as well, and from £49.99 this is truly a bargain …

So there we have it, bang up to date and into 2016, and although never a guarantee of success with mail order purchasing, I hope this information continues to offer a helping hand in picking a boot that’s right for you!

LED Lenser torches are brilliant, but which one should I choose …

LED Lenser torches are now pretty well established as the torch of choice for security and law enforcement officers, certainly one of our local Forces has bitten the ‘we need a decent torch’ bullet and issued a chunk of their officers with the P7.2, so it seemed like a good time to pen one of my popular overview guides to the brand, in a bid to help our customers make the right choice.

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The LED Lenser range is now pretty big, and specification, price and style ranges significantly.  What all LED Lenser torches have in common, and one of the reasons they are so popular with our customer base, is that they take AAA batteries.  Seems like a minor point?  Not if you’re replacing costly Lithium batteries at up to £5 per battery every month it’s not.  AAA batteries and their rechargeable counterparts are cheaper and more easily accessible, reducing running costs considerably.  The second thing all LED Lenser torches have in common is build quality – LED Lenser are so sure of the quality of their torch components that they offer a lifetime parts/manufacturing warranty on all flashlights (determined as a ‘reasonable lifetime’ to be 5 years from purchase).  To be honest, in 10+ years of selling LED Lenser we’ve seen 4 torches returned faulty, so our experience of the brand certainly echoes that confidence!

Just for info, LED Lenser sub-divide their ranges with a letter for each sector, so ‘M’ prefixes the ‘micro-processor’ torch line-up, which usually have an element of gadgetry or several different functions about them.  ‘P’ stands for ‘professional’ range, and is aimed/styled at this market.  ‘T’ stands for ‘tactical’ range, aimed/styled primarily at the Police and security market, although there is a significant cross-over/similarity between many in the ranges.  ‘H’ stands for headtorch, and should be obvious

LED Lenser T7.2Now on to the torches …. the P7.2 and T7.2 models still hold the crown for being the most popular torches in the current line-up, mainly due to their all round suitability for most applications.  For the money, you get an amazingly bright torch with a spot to flood focusing head.  The torch feels solid and well constructed, sits nicely in the palm for search purposes, and three brightness settings allow for a degree of economy during use.  No need to buy a separate pouch, these torches come with a high quality nylon belt pouch and lanyard.  For the gadget/tech minded officers the T7M micro-processor torch comes with a raft of other functions built in, including strobe, pulse and SOS, whilst the P7QC Quattro has four colour settings for night vision, hunting and forensics/Police work.

Inevitably some will want a cheaper torch under the reassuring LED Lenser name, and the L7 lightweight torch is LED Lenser’s nod to this market.  Made from a strong polymer material the L7 offers fabulous value for money at £19.99 and still has the spot to flood features of its bigger brothers, albeit without some of the bells and whistles (no pouch or lanyard).  Others will want the brightest that technology can offer, and LED Lenser has covered this too … Enter the mighty atom that is the F1R. A tiny torch (some may say too tiny) that recharges via USB and kicks out a wopping 1000 lumens of light.  Whilst I’m on this subject watch this space for USB rechargeables, it seems to be the new thing and has vastly reduced the price (and pack size) on rechargeable flashlights over the past year. For those demanding the brightest on the market, at a price there is the unbelievable X21.2 range at up to 3200 lumens output.

Completing the range is the various keyring and slightly smaller sized torches that appeal for their compact nature.  The M3R is a gem, just 10cm in length, so perfect to pop in a pocket, but fully rechargeable via USB and brighter than your average duty torch!

So there we have it, a whistle stop tour of the LED Lenser line up for 2016 and hopefully some food for thought.

Is there something missing in the Magnum range?

We’re getting a lot of faithful Magnum customers asking for recently discontinued styles, such as the much loved Magnum Stealth Force boot range (Stealth 8″ side zip, Stealth 8″ leather and nylon) and the Magnum Spider boots.

Unfortunately all but a few unpopular sizes are now gone forever, although Magnum have retained the Stealth range in its 4 safety styles – Magnum Stealth 8″ and 6″ CT CP and Zip CT Wpi. For those not wanting a safety toe cap though, it’s either the Magnum Panther or Classic, which are competitively priced but do come in slightly under the spec of the defunct Stealth and Spider ranges, or the new Magnum Cobra range, which are fully waterproof and on par or above spec and priced around the £80-£90 mark.

Viper-Pro-8.0-M800640---pairWhat’s most exciting (as far as I’m concerned) though, is a cracking new style shortly to launch in August of this year, called the Magnum Viper. This is much nearer to the Magnum Stealth in looks, and will be competitively priced at £65-£80, and so fits neatly into the gap between the Panther and the Cobra in the range. As to whether the fit and comfort will be the same as the Stealth …. I guess we’ll have to wait until the new stocks arrive in late August. Watch this space!

UPDATE: The Vipers are now in and we are currently giving away a free T-shirt with every pair (while stocks last of course), the Viper Pro can be found here, and the side-zip version here.

LED Lenser Torches – World Record Holders!

We’d recently updated our range of LED Lenser torches with all the latest models and I was mulling over what I could say about them that was a bit more interesting than just the usual tech specs. Then, out of the blue, I received this fascinating nugget directly from LED Lenser themselves.

Apparently their mad German designers have knocked up the largest torch in the world! This beast of a torch measures about 4 metres long (that’s about the size of a VW Golf).

Here is the press release straight from LED Lenser:

“LED Lenser, as the world’s leading torch brand, is no stranger when it comes to winning awards for design, technology and performance. Over the years our superb hand-held torches and head lamps have won numerous national and international awards.

Now LED Lenser is proud to announce the latest…and biggest… addition to this ever expanding award collection – that for the World’s Largest Torch

On Sunday 25th September LED Lenser officially unveiled the World’s Largest Torch in front of an expectant crowd in the German City of Soligen at the Night of Lights Festival which attracts around 30,000 visitors. The LED (Light Emitting Diode) torch, nearly 4 meters in length and weighing 216kg, incorporated 19 high-end LEDs that generated an awesome 100,000 lumens of light. On hand to witness and verify this extraordinary testament to LED Lenser’s world-class engineering skills was a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records.

This record breaking torch was not only developed with size in mind, but also to highlight energy efficiency as well. Today’s LED lights are up to 13 times more efficient than conventional light bulbs, and last 1000 times as long. If a luminous flux of 100,000 lumen is supplied to the torch, it consumes 1000 watts of energy. In comparison, 250 conventional 40-watt light bulbs consume 10,000 watts of energy.

The design of the World’s Largest Torch by LED Lenser is based on the powerful and widely available LED LENSER X21 which features a Dynamic Switch, Speed Focus and the patented Advanced Focus System. Powered by just four standard D-cell batteries, the X21 emits a breathtaking 1000 lumens of light that has a range of around half a kilometer.

This dedication to be the best, combined with a magnificent feat of engineering, truly reflects the nature of LED Lenser – that of state-of-the-art innovation, technological superiority and world-class performance.”

Found a little video as well:

So there you have it.

For a range of slightly more practical (but still pretty impressive) torches, visit our LED Lenser section

How to measure glove size

We sell a big old range of different types of police gloves, and one of the most common question we get asked is “What size do I need?” 

FACT: Most people have one slightly bigger hand, this is usually the one that determines if you are right or left handed. To measure for your glove size, place the tape measure in between your thumb and index finger as per the diagram shown and place it  around the widest part of your hand. Then allow your hand to form a loose fist, it is advisable to go up to the nearest inch rather than down.The manufacturer tends to base the sizing on to a standard hand. This is a little more complicated then it sounds as very few people have standard size hands and no pair of hands is exactly the same. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when buying leather gloves. If a glove is made of a soft leather it will offer a little more stretch. If you are in between sizes a smaller size sometimes is a better fit. This also applies to people with shorter fingers. Tougher and firmer gloves have less stretch and will be uncomfortable if too tight as they are usually manufactured to protect the hands from being penetrated by needles, glass or sharp weapons.

Most retailers are aware that it can be difficult to get it right and are happy to advise you. Contact us on 01843 825 757 or info@copshopuk.com, we are always happy to help.

Why you should buy from CopShopUK!

I recently had a whole load of grief with an online retailer just trying to purchase a jacket for my nephew. It made me think how important it is to look after your customers.To be honest we do pretty well, this is possible because we genuinely care about all you good people out there. For instance all our emails are dealt with on a personal level and even if you receive an automated response to a return or exchange we follow it up with a proper reply.The most annoying thing for most of us, customer and client alike, is ordering an item that someone has just beat you to the last one and is out of stock. Often the retailer is at the mercy of a distributor who keeps changing the dates. That is as frustrating for us as it is for you. Fast and efficient service is essential and most orders go the same day.Another bone of contention is the subject of faulty goods, often irate customers don’t realise that we do not manufacture the goods ourselves and have to adhere to some sort of fair and reasonable “Rules”. You would not believe how ill mannered people can be, but we will bend over backwards to offer the best resolve to most things. However, often the manufacturer is involved and we have to follow the guidelines we are given.We are very fortunate that our company is run by family and friends so we all go the extra mile, we are old school I guess in the way we look after our customers but many companies are just out to make money fast. I’m proud to say we are different and won’t compromise. You can come in and see us at our trade counter or phone us just for that bit of advice that you can’t find on the net.We don’t expect a sale following each bit of advice we give and if something isn’t suitable we are honest enough to say so. At the end of the day that is what we’re here for. If you like the more traditional approach to customer services, 01843 825757……….. give us a call.

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