mountain troops boots
I've recently aquired a pair of boots once used by the Romanian mountain troops. This model is no longer in use, beeing replaced by a later one.
Can one tell me if have seen elsewere this particular type of sole ?
Your boots sound interesting, but your link to the photo does not work. Are World War II Romanian Uniforms and Equipment easy or hard to find there? I have a Romanian Mountain troop beret in my collection...would be nice to complete a trooper with full uniform and kit.
Nice work on your reproduction anorak by the way.
Last edited by Heeresbergführer; 09-05-2011 at 01:56 PM.
Sorry..., forgot to make the album 'public on web'; let me know if it's working now.
The repro anorak came out fantastic, I'm very happy and pleased with it, and the Ventile fabric is excelent;
I'm planning to produce a USN 'wet weather parka', a dennison smock and a full zipped anorak. All made of
Ventile for waterproofing. I sell the anoraks on ebay.co.uk., type Ventile on search.
As for the Romanian WW2 uniforms, these are rare. One can find few items now and then. Repro uniforms ? No.
Well, I intend to keep them like that and use them. They sure are more practical. People who used this type of boots say the sole pattern performs good in all conditions. I'll have to check that.
It's interesting this type of boots are 95% identical to the WW2 gebirgsjager ones. Mentioning on my boots there is a production date: 1997 !!!
But I'm sure the mountain troops use now a different model. There was also a high ankle boot (later model than mines) using the same sole. Check this image here:
The intermediate model can still be found for sale like here:
Have a look at this nice WW2 Romanian mountain troops insignia:
Thanks for the boots sole picts !
Thanks for the photos you posted. I like the one with the three soldiers...love the old gear with the wooden skis and Alpenstock...looks like WWII vintage or just after.
Here's my WWII Romanian mountain troop beret:
Thanks for the beret photo. It's nice it has the insignia.
If you're interested in finding military items you can check here (sort of Romanaian ebay):
- for mountain troops type 'vanatori de munte'
-for military / army in general type 'armata'
As you can see there in not much stuff there.
By the way, the soldier on the right of the photo is wearing equipment used till in the '90th (although the skies are older - they just gathered stuff for the uniforme evolution pict);
I think the actual uniform is the one in the middle; the one on the left is sort of 'wish list'....
Anyway, the soldier on the right should have been wearing boots like mine.
I think the sole is designed to have as many sharp edges as possible to give grip on snow and ice. It probably won't last long on harder surfaces like tarmac though. Just looking at the boots is giving me blisters though I would take it slowly breaking those in.
Heeresbergführer, interesting collection of old studded soles. The metal studs like that on mountain boots are usually called tricounis. There used to be lots of different designs and layouts but they have been long superseded by Vibram soles and crampons. However, some people say that the old tricounis were better for low grade mixed stuff as you didn't need to decide whether to put crampons on or off. Without them Vibram soles offer little grip on ice but with them on walking is more difficult. Tricounis were inbetween.