Winter Socks


Winter Socks

When hard, bitter winter sets in, even the most seemingly insignificant items become crucial. Such is the case with winter socks. It has been said that once your feet get cold it is all but impossible to warm the rest of your body, no matter what you do. People already experienced with outdoor life will know how to buy the best winter socks; those who may be new to winter adventures may not. This article is written for them.

Types of Socks to Use with Your Boots

Winter Socks

The type of sock that you wear outdoors in cold weather is every bit as important as the kind of boot or shoe you wear. In fact, if you wear the wrong type of sock in extreme weather, it will not matter much what kind of boots you are wearing. Your feet will get cold (possibly wet) and therein lays the dangers of frostbite or other cold weather injuries.

Don’t Wear Cotton Socks in the Winter

Most of us have many pairs of cotton socks. These may be fine for everyday wear around the house and such, but they are horrible for cold weather protection. The reason that cotton socks are a poor option for winter is because the material offers virtually no insulation protection at all, and they are known to hold moisture. Keep in mind that as soon as a cotton sock gets wet, all of its insulating value is gone; not that it has much to begin with. Moreover, once wet, from perspiration or external water, it keeps your foot wet. The result is cold and wet feet.

Quality Winter Socks

Anyone planning to spend time outdoors during cold weather needs to invest in at least two pairs of quality winter socks. You wear one pair, and if they get wet, you put on the other pair while the first pair dries out. Armed forces across the globe have long used this technique to protect their troops, and it works.

So, what type of sock is best for winter wear?

Many people swear by the wool sock, and so do I. Wool offers exceptional insulating quality, and it dries super fast. Even your body heat can be used to dry them out. Other types of good winter socks include those made of shearling or fleece. All of these socks maintain their insulating abilities even when wet. These types of winter socks are thicker which allows them to absorb more moisture than any cotton sock.

You can find a wide variety of high-quality winter socks either online or at most sporting good’s stores. They may cost a few bucks more than cotton socks, but the investment is worth it. It only takes a short amount of time before frostbite sets in on those who are not prepared for it. If you live in a snow-prone area, throw a pair in your vehicle just in case you get stranded and have to hike for help.

Click here to check out our selection of winter socks.

Hiking Boots: How To Select the Best Pair

Hiking BootsHiking Boots: How To Select the Best Pair

If you are planning to spend some time on any nature trail, you need to get the best hiking boots that you can afford. This does not mean the most expensive boots, but the hiking boots that meet all of your needs and are made of quality materials. Many people, especially those who may be new to hiking, may not know what to look for when selecting the right footwear. Here are some valuable tips to help you get started.

Where Are You Going with Your Hiking Boots?

This is the first question to ask. Many folks believe that they have to buy the biggest, toughest hiking boots on the shelf. This is not true. For those who are going on short, fairly easy hikes, lightweight hiking boots will work just fine. On the other hand, if you plan to hike up steep hills or travel over a variety of different terrain types, then a beefier hiking boot will be a better option for you.

There are four categories of hiking boots from which you can choose:

Light hiking shoes look a lot like running shoes and have a low cut design. These are a good choice for short hikes over maintained trails that are not too hilly or rocky. They are also very affordable and come in a huge variety of styles and colors.

The next category falls under the traditional hiking boot label. These come in either mid- or high cut designs and are an excellent option for challenging day hikes or longer hikes of several days. The important aspects found in these boots are that they provide a good deal of ankle support while also providing a great deal of flexibility once they are broken in properly. They also make a good “all around” boot for just about any use.

The third category is the backpacking boot line. These rugged hiking boots are made for long (day wise) hikes where carrying heavy loads is anticipated. They are very durable and provide a great deal of flex and support.  While they are heavier (in weight) than hiking boots, they are also much stronger and perform well on virtually any terrain.

The last type of boot is the mountaineering boot. As you might imagine, these are designed for tough terrains and rocky ground. They are the weightiest of all the hiking boots and are not a good option for those who want to walk or hike only. They are designed for climbing and quality brands can take on crampons for icy conditions.

There is no reason that everyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors cannot do so in comfort. The key, of course, is matching your type of hike to the right type of hiking boots. The best news is you can find a variety of good-quality hiking boots online these days. Just make sure that you get the right fit for your foot whether you buy online or off. When shopping for your hiking boots remember that you will need some extra room to handle thicker socks.

Check out our line of hiking boots at Patriot Surplus today!

Fitting Your Hiking Boots: What You Need to Know

Fitting Your Hiking BootsFitting Your Hiking Boots: What You Need to Know

So, you have decided on the type of hiking boot that you need and want. The next step is fitting your hiking boots. It should be noted that fitting a hiking boot is not the same as fitting a regular shoe. Here are some tips on how you can get the best fit for the hiking boots that you want.

Socks! It is always a good idea to wear good-quality hiking socks when on the trails. It is also an excellent idea to wear cold weather socks if you are out in the winter. These types of socks are thicker than normal socks, and that added thickness needs to be accounted for when you fit your hiking boots.

The best way to get the best fit is to wear a pair of appropriate socks when trying on your boots. In fact, this is the only way to know for sure if you are getting a boot that will be large enough to hold your foot and the sock comfortably.

The next step is to put the boots on make sure that the weight of the boots is to your liking. Keep in mind that rugged hiking boots are often heavier than other types of shoes, and they may take some getting used to over time. Lightweight hiking boots usually do not feel much heavier than, say, running shoes. However, backpacking boots and mountain boots will feel different. If the boot is just too heavy, choose another style or brand.

Once you have the boots on your feet, see if you can slip one finger behind your heel (before you lace the boot). You will need this added space for sock room. Your toes should not come into direct contact with the front of the boot. Remember, you need more room in hiking boots than in other types of shoes.

Lace up the boots and take a short walk around. You want to pay attention to whether or not your heel slips around. It should not slip around. This type of movement is what causes painful blisters on the foot. Also, make sure that your ankles have the support you need while you do your walk-about. Good-quality boots will need to be broken in a bit so do not be too critical if the boots feel a bit tight at this point. You should also move about in different ways. For instance, squat down, kneel down, tiptoe, etc. If you feel any pinching, you may need to select another boot.

Tip: If you find a great online deal on the hiking boots that you want but are concerned about the fit, jot down the boot’s information and go to a brick-and-mortar sporting or tactical store. Find that boot and go through the steps noted above. When you find the proper size and fit, jot down the information on the boot and go home and order it online. No, this is not cheating. It is simply smart shopping.

3 Badasses We’d Love to Outfit

Alpha Leather JacketIf you know us, you know that we have an appreciation for those who perform extraordinary feats – and do so with swagger. Badasses may be plentiful, but there are a few that stand out in our mind as some of the coolest people on the planet. These are the guys – living or dead – that we would LOVE to outfit. Seriously. How awesome would it be if any of these guys wore our gear?

Here are some serious badasses who we’d love to outfit.

Joseph Teti: Of “Dual Survival” fame, Joseph Teti is a veteran of the US military and the US government special operations units, or more specifically, a former Force Recon Marine, Army Special Forces Green Beret and a former operator in a highly classified government counter-terrorist. He’s a soldier and a survivalist, so naturally, he’s high on our list of people we’d love to grab a beer with. Joseph, we know you’d love our MultiCam and A-TACS gear. Please, please, please. Call us.

Teddy Roosevelt: Who GOT SHOT while giving a speech – and FINISHED THE SPEECH? You’re damn right that our 26th President did. In 1912 while campaigning, Roosevelt was shot in the chest. The bullet passed through a thick copy of his speech and his steel eyeglass case and was lodged about 3 inches into his chest muscle. Concluding that it couldn’t be that bad because he wasn’t coughing blood, he chose to speak for 90 minutes – then went to the hospital where it was discovered that they couldn’t safely remove the bullet. He carried it with him for the rest of his life. His opening comments? “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.” Add in the Rough Riders, the boxing, and the Ron Swanson-esque mustache and you’ve got one of the biggest badasses in history. Mr. President, we think you need a nice, sturdy pair of ass-kicking boots. We recommend a classic, like Danner boots, for you, Teddy.

Steve McQueen: He wasn’t called “The King of Cool” for nothing. Steve McQueen was best known for flicks like Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, The Towering Inferno, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and The Thomas Crown Affair, not to mention, the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive where he played a bounty hunterHe competed in off-road motorcycle racing, collected classic motorcycles, and considered becoming a professional race car driver. Oh yeah, and there’s that ridiculously awesome Ford Mustang GT 390 from Bullitt, too. For Steve McQueen, we’d love to suit him up in one of our sweet Alpha leather jackets. He’d make this already cool staple even cooler.

Have another badass you’d like to recommend we outfit? Leave us a comment!

Reebok Military Boots: Well-Suited for Any Tactical Athlete

Reebok BootsWhen you think of Reebok, you probably think of sneakers, right? Think again.

Reebok, a division of the Adidas Group, has taken the next step towards providing quality footwear for all types of athletes – including those of the tactical persuasion. If your job requires you to be on the move, able to adapt at any moment, and pushes you to your limits for speed and agility, Reebok wants to serve your needs with its selection of military boots, duty footwear, and work boots. After all, your job demands more of you – why shouldn’t you demand more from your boots?

Reebok boots feature electro static dissipating DR Dual Resisotrs, internal Flex-Met metatarsal guards, injected EVA outsoles, Foot Force Insoles and a durable construction that makes them not only comfortable but also able to meet or exceed ASTM safety standards. Craftsmanship, patriots. Pure craftsmanship.

Patriot Surplus is proud to carry Reebok boots in a variety of styles to suit the needs of any tactical athlete. When you need to gear up, check out Reebok’s line of tactical boots, work boots, and duty footwear in our selection. We offer great pricing, and hey, if you want to know more about Reebok and how it goes from sneaker to military boot without missing a step, give us a call or talk to us on our Live Chat and we’d be happy to answer your questions and give you more info.

Basic Military, Combat, or Hiking Boot Care 101

Military Boot Care

Military Boot Care Kit by Kiwi

Boot season seems to go year round, but now is the time when your boots usually get the biggest workout. From tactical exercises to outdoor adventures, it’s important to have your boots ready to go, no matter what mission you may be sent on. To keep your boots looking in their best possible shape, be sure to follow some of these basics of boot care. Cleaning up your military boots, combat boots, or hiking boots has never been easier than with these tips.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind when caring for your boots:

For Olive, Sage Green, and Desert Tan Military Boots and Tactical Boots: Start by brushing off any excess dirt with a soft bristle brush. Then, use warm water and a soft brush to clean any nylon fabric. Do not polish these boots or use any kind of soap! Once you’ve given them a good cleaning, let them air dry naturally. Do not expose to intense heat* to make them dry faster – they’ll be fine on their own.

For Black and Brown Military Boots and Tactical Boots: Start by removing dirt with a soft bristle brush and then, buff the leather with a high quality polish. Apply the polish directly to the leather and then buff until it looks uniform. However, be careful – excessive polish can affect the breathability  so use a little bit at a time. If there’s nylon fabric, use the soft brush with warm water approach to get it clean. Do not add polish to the nylon fabric! Finally, let the boots dry at room temperature naturally. Do not expose to intense heat* or use soap on these boots.

  • NOTE: What’s intense or excessive heat? Military boots and tactical boots should not be exposed to any outside heating source to dry, as it may damage the materials. Do not try to get your boots to dry faster after cleaning by using a hair dryer, heating vents, stoves, etc.

For Hiking Boots, Work Boots, or Hunting Boots: Clean your boots after every hike if you can. To do this, use a soft bristle brush to remove any excess dirt or debris. Then, use warm water and a soft brush to clean. Be sure to remove the insoles or inserts to help with faster drying. Do not expose to any intense or excessive heat – only let these boots dry naturally. If needed, you may want to add a waterproofing treatment to restore water resistance of your hiking boots or work boots or hunting boots over time. Do not use soap on your boots to clean them!

Additional Tips: Need a tougher cleaner than just warm water? Do not use soap to clean your boots. Instead, use a water-soluble cleaning product only – and use sparingly. Depending on what type of boot you have, you also want to consider using a conditioner (used with full-grain leather boots to keep the leather from appearing cracked or dry). As always, follow the manufacturer’s directions for any care or cleaning.

Need supplies to clean up your boots? Patriot Surplus has you covered with the essentials – brushes, polishes, cleaners, and conditioners – that are designed specifically for military boots, leather boots, hiking boots, work boots, and combat boots. Check out all of the must have cleaning supplies for your boots here:

Introducing Bates Boots

Bates Mens Tropical SEALS DuraShocks Black Boots

Bates Mens Tropical SEALS DuraShocks Black Boots

We’ve been expanding our selection of law enforcement gear for quite some time, conscious that those brave men and women in uniform need solid gear that they usually have to search high and low for just to get a great deal. We want to make it easy for those who serve – in all occupations -to find what they need to suit up. We’ve long been a provider of military gear, but for those in law enforcement, Patriot Surplus is now the new – and most awesome – kid on the block for police boots, uniforms, and more. That’s right. We’re the kid with the really awesome Trapper Keeper. And stickers. Badass stickers.

But anyways, back to what we REALLY want to talk about. Bates boots.

We’ve just added a bunch of Bates boots to our selection. Bates is one of those brands that just knows what a patriot needs to serve. It offers a full line of boots for police officers as well as military personnel, so you know you’re getting a brand that’s built around the principles of quality and precision you’ve come to expect from your footwear. In fact, Bates boots have been around for decades and are known for their performance, long-lasting comfort, and durability. Bates boots are pairs that serve with honor and integrity – just like you.

Patriot Surplus is proud to carry Bates boots in options for the soldier, first responder, law enforcement professional, or hiker. Heck, we even have Bates dress oxfords that go perfectly with your dress uniform. No matter what you have in store for that day – or for duty in general – Bates boots will keep you ready for anything. After all, there’s a reason that Bates is known for being “HONOR BOUND”.

Check out our selection of Bates Boots today.

Hunting Season Savings

Mens Rocky Bearclaw3D Insulated Gore Tex Hunting Boot  9276. Buy Rocky Boots at Patriot Surplus.

Mens Rocky Bearclaw3D Insulated Gore Tex Hunting Boot

That’s right, patriots. I’m talking about one of the best times of year: hunting season. It’s right around the corner, but of course, I have to ask the question: are you prepared?

If you’ve been putting off getting your gear together for this year’s upcoming season, now is the best time to start getting what you need. At Patriot Surplus, we’ve been working on giving you an awesome selection of hunting clothing, boots, and accessories to get you equipped. Plus, we’re offering some awesome pricing and savings deals to help you get an even better price on all of the essentials. For example, if you’re on our newsletter list, you’ve already seen our coupon deals for Danner and Lacrosse boots. Keep your eyes open, patriots – there may be more coming your way!

P.S. If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter, be sure to do so. Just go to our homepage and scroll all the way down to the bottom to enter your name and email address. No worries – we won’t give your address away to anyone. You’ll just get some news and updates from us, plus some coupons and exclusive savings.

Remember – if you need hunting gear, get it from Patriot Surplus. We’re veteran owned, veteran approved, and we’re hunters, too!

New Converse Velocity UltraLite Trainer Military Combat Boots

Converse Velocity UltraLite Trainer Military Combat Boots

Converse Velocity UltraLite Trainer Military Combat Boots

When it comes to military boots, we know what you’re looking for. When you’re looking to suit up for duty while keeping your footwear lightweight and comfortable, you need a pair of boots that can wear like a sneaker but still keep up with you – and your mission. Luckily, we’ve added a great new line of miliary boots from Converse that are perfect just for helping you suit up. Converse Velocity UltraLite Trainers are some of our newest arrivals, and man, when we tell you they’re comfortable, we mean it.

These boots weigh less than two pounds a pair, come in composite toe varieties, have a removable F2A dual density polyurethane cushion insert, a dual density outsole, nylon mesh lining, and an EVA cushion midsole with rubber grip tread. Each pair is 100% non-metallic and is made from leather/1000 denier ballistic nylon, so you know you’re getting one tough pair of boots. Side air vents keep you cool and the lightweight make means that these boots can go with you comfortably all day long.

They’re flexible and are made for keeping your feet dry. Lots of protection and available in men and women’s sizes in black, sage green, and desert tan, Converse Velocity UltraLite boots are the perfect combat boot for hot weather days. Check ‘em out. We’ve got a whole selection of these boots for you to choose from:

Have questions about sizing or ordering of Converse Velocity UltraLite Trainers? Give us a call and we’d be happy to help you out.

Rambo’s Guide to Shopping for Military Boots

Strong. Resourceful. Ready to kick ass.

These are the traits we think of when we hear the name, “Rambo”. But wait a second. What if Rambo was shopping for boots? I mean, c’mon. If Rambo REALLY needed boots, you know he’s probably just fashion them out of a wild boar. He’d tan that hide with the fury of a 1,000 suns and stitch pure fear, yes, FEAR, into the insole. But hey, sometimes even the greatest of heroes can appreciate convenience offered by ready to wear military boots.

If Rambo were shopping for military boots, we think these would be the tips he’d follow:

Choose boots that accentuate your ridiculous muscles. They don’t have to fit big or be physically big, but they need to LOOK big. Have them match the guns or whatever. You’re going into battle – and you need to look good, dammit. Choose something with a bit of style, you know? You can go for the classic jungle boot or bring your ass kicking into the 21st century with some of the latest military boots from Belleville, Altama, or Converse. Oh, and don’t forget about Rocky boots either.

Choose boots that fit well. If you’re going out into the jungle to battle a terrorist threat, you need a pair of boots that can keep up with you. Find a pair that’s not too tight and not too lose, and most importantly, comfortable, something you can walk in for days if needed. Take advantage of comfort features built into the boot and state of the art footwear technology. Trust us – a good pair of boots can go a long way. Luckily, we have plenty of boots to choose from so you can always find the best pair.  Plus, if you’re not sure on sizing or the way these boots feel and fit, you can always consult our product descriptions or give us a shout. We’ll let you know what you can expect from your boots.

Choose boots that can tackle the terrain. The jungle or the Pacific Northwest. It’s all the same to you. You need boots that can tackle the terrain and be made just for you and whatever sort of trouble you like to get yourself in. When shopping for boots, take a closer look at the features built in to the boot to make sure you’re getting one that can keep up. Pay attention to things like tread, strength, venting, waterproofing, resistance to blood borne pathogens, and abrasion resistance.

You’re one man, but you can take out an army. At Patriot Surplus, we’ll make sure you have the right boots to do it.

Check out the military boots in our selection. Not sure what Rambo would pick? Well, you can always send us a message or give us a call and we can guide you toward the perfect pair. We’re veterans too, and although we may not look like Stallone, we know our boots.