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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!

Magnum Boots – The brand new (almost) definitive guide to fit

It’s been almost three years since I posted my definitive guide to the fit on the Magnum range, and it proved to be one of our most popular blog posts.  Since 2011 the Magnum range has changed drastically, so I thought it high time to re-visit this theme and give my opinion on the fit for the new wave of Magnums, 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 …

The Stealth Force range which was widely loved by those with a wider foot has now been discontinued in all but the styles with safety toe-caps, and so our wide footed non-safety seeking regulars are looking for an alternative in the range.  The best of the bunch at the moment is probably the new Viper range – either the Viper 8″, Viper 8″ Side Zip or Viper 8″ full leather for those that want the waterproof version.  Whilst not quite as wide as the old Stealth range, there is a decent similarity in terms of fit, style and lightness.  For the ladies, the Cobra 6″ Womens boot replaces the Stealth Liberty, and is proving a popular successor – made specifically for women with a trademark daintier and narrower foot shape. For those looking for a decent lightweight trainer-like replacement for their Magnum Spider Elites or Spider Urbans, the new Mach range should sort you out – these super super lightweight micro-fibre patrol boots are likely to best suit a regular to narrow foot shape.  There’s a slightly more wallet-friendly version in the Mach I – the same boot with the same fit, but in traditional leather and nylon.

For those with regular to narrow feet, you will be pleased to hear that the ever popular Magnum Classic and the Magnum Panther are still very much alive and kicking in the range – firm favourites for a good few years now.  However if you’re after a fully waterproof Magnum with a regular to narrow fit, then you may want to look at the Cobra 8″ WP or Cobra 8″ Side Zip WP, introduced last year and an absolute bargain at the minute, particularly for the terrible damp winter we’re suffering at the moment.

So there we have it, bang up to date and by no means a cast iron guarantee of success, but I hope this information assists in picking a boot that’s right for you!

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.

Magnum Boots – The (almost) definitive guide to fit

New post added for the 2014 Magnum boot range

Following on from my last post about all the different styles of Magnum boots available, I thought I’d post a quick run down of how they measure up, as not all Magnum boots have exactly the same fit and feel.

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As the range has expanded over the years, new styles have been introduced which can vary
in terms of comfort and fit depending on your own foot shape.  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!

In the absence of the ability to try these different styles on (except for those lucky enough to be able to visit us at our warehouses in Ramsgate), I’ve decided to impart my knowledge as regards the fit of the current Magnum boot range.

From experience I can say that the Magnum Classic and the Magnum Panther are a relatively narrow style of boot, which well suit the average to narrower foot shape.

The Stealth Force range of boots (unisex) generally come up wider, and we highly recommend these as a good fit for those with regular to wide feet.  Sometimes those with narrow or dainty feet will find that a Magnum Stealth will gape at the foot’s flex point, or the foot will slip up and down in the boot, causing discomfort.  Naturally the Stealth Liberty Mid Women’s boot is the exception to the rule in this particular range  – being made specifically for women, the foot shape is daintier and narrower all round!

Slap bang in the middle in terms of width fitting are the Patrol, Scorpion, Spider Urban series and Elite Force WPi.

Short and sweet and by no means a cast iron guarantee of success, but I hope this information assists in picking a boot that’s right for you!

Magnum Boots – The differences in layman’s terms

Anyone working within the Police or Security sector will most likely have heard of the name Magnum boots when it comes to patrol footwear, with many a pair of Magnum’s sold on recommendation from a work colleague.  It’s true to say that the Magnum brand continues to be the most well recognised brand of Police boot on the market.  Sometimes though, it can be difficult to see why one costs so much more than another – let me try to assist!

At the entry level point are the Magnum Classic, Magnum Patrol, Panther and duty shoe ranges – these boots offer all the EN certification an officer needs, together with an easy shine leather finish for parade use.

Magnum’s mid to top ranged product is the Stealth Force range.  You pay a bit extra for the comfort technology that goes into these boots.  Whereas the Classic has a basic footbed and construction, the Stealth range have contoured foam footbeds and superior padding around the ankle, as well as better shock absorption properties in the sole – something you’re likely to notice when running.  There are a wealth of options with the Stealth range as well, which push some of the styles into Magnum’s top tier – safety toecap options, side-zip options, fully waterproof options, take your pick!

… and finally, Magnum have a number of specialist boots sitting at the top of the tree, for one reason or another.  The Spider Urban range offer a trainer-like alternative to the regular patrol style, backed up with some serious performance technology when it comes to comfort, agility and speed of manoeuver.  The Shield Public Order boot – the clues in the name really, a specialist product for a specialist market. The Elite Force Wpi is Magnum’s flagship product – waterproof, breathable, blood pathogen resistant, heat and cold resistant, the list goes on.  The cost (or value) of an Elite Wpi is in it’s unique leather infused waterproofing technology, amongst other features, which may or may not be a benefit that you decide you need.  Either way, there should be a Magnum product to suit your particular operational need and, just as importantly, to suit your budget.

Lowa Boots – Solid, Reliable, …Fantastic!

Following on from my previous post regarding police boots, thought I’d add my personal choice. Let’s get this one off my chest … I LOVE Lowa boots!  As a biker and a walker, and long before my involvement with CopShopUK, I remember seeing a friend wearing these ex army boots with their distinctive styling, and wondering what they were.  I instantly went out and bought a pair, and have been wearing the same boots for riding and hiking ever since.  That was six years ago!

Lowa-CombatMy particular boot of choice is the Lowa Combat GTX, historically a military boot, but these days a favourite with Army and Police alike.  I’ve ridden through some pretty appalling weather (an ill fated weekend ride from Ramsgate to Ireland and back springs to mind), and got soaked to the skin, but my feet have always stayed reassuringly warm and dry.If you’re used to wearing Magnums or similar, Lowa boots can take a bit of getting used to simply because they initially feel so solid – some people prefer a boot to be a second skin, me personally I like the feeling (and knowledge) that my feet and ankles are protected and supported, and that my boots have the build quality, durability and technology behind them to take on whatever I can throw at them …  As a company Lowa is awe inspiring, I urge you to Google the history some time … 90 years of boot building, European quality and craftsmanship that seems to be a bit of a dying breed these days … well let’s hope they’re around for another 90 years!

Police boots – What to choose?

Police patrol boots continue to be the most popular purchase for our customers, since the vast majority of Forces do not issue work footwear as standard kit.  Choosing footwear, especially online, can be a bit of a minefield with so much choice and so many points to consider, so hopefully my longer-than-average blog is worth the reading! There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to choosing footwear for patrol – either to opt for a less expensive, more basic boot, possibly with a view to replacing them more often, or to go for an ‘investment in comfort’ and choose one of the higher specification boots which tend to offer a higher level of comfort for the wearer, and in some cases a longer lifespan.

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Grafters and Taskforce boots are good examples of what could be described as ‘budget’ patrol boots, although to be honest feedback shows that these boots last every bit as long as some of their more expensive branded counterparts.  We have a large contingent of officers who swear by these brands for comfort and durability, as well as value for money, and where Council and Security heads are looking to issue their teams with smart and reliable footwear within a specified budget, they find you really can’t go wrong with either of these ranges. Cadets love the Taskforce boot – where else can you buy a brand new, rugged and durable fully waterproof patrol boot for under £50? Where the price differences between boots tend to become more evident is in the internal comfort features of the footwear – something that becomes more noticeable for those on their feet all day every day, and especially in specialist roles or in tactical situations. Magnum boots are probably the most well known of the patrol boot brands amongst Police officers, and most newbie officers mention the Magnum Classic as being the boot that was recommended to them when they joined.  Whilst the Classic continues to be a popular choice, there is a whole raft of new and more technologically advanced alternatives now within the Magnum range, from the super-lightweight Stealth range (with a variety for all applications) right up to the flagship Elite Force 8” WPI boot complete with self-moulding footbeds, Vibram soles and groundbreaking breathable water repelling Ion Mask technology.

The lovely Lowa Mountain

At the top of the tree, in terms of sheer luxury, are the specialist boot ranges – Lowa, 5.11 Tactical, the Adidas GSG9.2 and Danner.  These ranges offer new niche features, superb comfort technology and a generally more tailored fit by offering half sizes and width fittings (in some cases). Historically well represented within the Military, Lowa boots are now extremely popular with Police officers for their tough and rugged good looks, as well as their unparalleled foot comfort and support.  For those with weak ankles, fallen arches or similar podiatric issues you really can’t beat Lowa for comfort. Not surprising then, that the Armed Forces continue to issue their guys with these boots to rectify foot problems caused by inferior footwear.The Adidas GSG9.2 boot is the polar opposite of Lowa in terms of its styling, for whilst Lowas are sturdy and solid, the GSG9.2 is light as a feather, supple and immediately fits like a glove – basically like your most comfortable pair of trainers!  No wonder considering the GSG9.2 is made like a running shoe, and not like any other pair of patrol boots.  Driving, as well as running (and rope climbing, if that’s your thing) is a breeze in a pair of GSG9’s! Danner boots are possibly the most specialised of all, with a price tag to match.  Unbelievably in this day and age, the Danner Recon and Danner Acadia are still made in the US, as they have been for eons.  Hand craftsmanship still goes into these boots, and specialist Firearms Teams across the country continue to rely on Danner for the comfort and reliability that this brand commands. From Grafters to Danner boots, your choice will ultimately depend on budget, personal style preference and operational requirements.

The Magnum Panther Boot

I work in the customer services division of CopShopUK Ltd and speak to people all day long about footwear…………so………….. I figured it was about time that I’d get some “boots on” experience and chose some Magnum Boots to try. I basically wanted to see the sort of value for money you get from entry level boots and I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

Panther-8.0-55616---pairMy Magnum Panthers are about 7 months old now and have seen me through the worst of this winter. That is a statement in itself!! My feet have been warm and dry without thick socks. Although they don’t have the M-PACT footbed they were incredibly comfortable from day one. I wear these to work everyday and after 8 hours I’m fresh as a daisy. I love these boots!!!! Very low maintenance too, a wipe down with a damp cloth and a bit of Kiwi shoe polish and they look as good as new.  I’ve been wearing the standard Panther, but the Magnum Panther Side-Zip is also available for the same price. A  top bargain for £50 and I’m doing myself out of sales here for the more expensive styles, but it proves that if you have a limited budget you can still get quality  :-)

Adidas GSG9 Boots – The best boots are the ones you can forget you’re wearing!

Here at CopShopUK, we’ve been stocking and promoting the Adidas GSG9 boot for six years, and we still remember the classic GSG9 boot with fondness – with iconic ‘boxing boot’ styling and comfort to match, officers would stretch their budgets to buy a pair of these super comfortable ‘Gucci’ tactical boots.After the classic style was phased out, along came the massively popular Adidas GSG9.2 boot, with an improved specification and some radical design changes.  Love or loathe the updated styling, it’s here to stay, and new for 2011 Adidas have just released three new versions of the GSG 9 – a 6″ black uniform version (GSG9.4), plus 6″ and 8″ desert tan versions (GSG9.3) for desert or Military applications.

Adidas-GSG-9.2All of the Adidas tactical boots feature Adidas’ renowned comfort and performance technologies –  Traxion grip outsole with heel inserts for shock absorption, hydrophobic upper for superior waterproofing (for the urban versions), specialist insoles and midfoot saddle construction for optimum foot comfort and arch support, and so on…All of which come together in perfect harmony to produce a boot which offers the performance you need with the feeling that you’ve just put your favourite pair of trainers on!  After all, the GSG9.2 is made in the same way as a running shoe, and unlike virtually any other patrol boot on the market.  Whilst built for the Special Forces, with tactical operations in mind, Special Ops guys and front line officers alike will see the benefit of the GSG 9, whether descending from a helicopter on a rope, or getting that valuable edge in foot or road pursuits.We’re fans!