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Eye In The Sky said:
I remember going through security at YQQ* in uniform. Everyone had to take their boots off because of the steel toe. I was wearing my safety Magnums and I politely told the old gentlemen that these aren't steel toe and won't set off the detector. His response was "I was in the military for 30 years and if you are wearing safety boots they are steel!". Needless to say the detector was not set off, I didn't remove my boots and he owes me a beer next time I'm in town.
(what is this crap about having to go through security from a military base, on a military transport aircraft, to another military base. You really think I'm going to high jack the plane with my nail clippers when there is a fucking AXE on board?)
The desert steel toes are real garbage, the toe caps wear out and steel is exposed after a month or two of use. Same goes with the black steel toe boots, you drag those things on the flight line enough times through normal use and they are garbage. Guys would have to use PRC to temporarily patch the exposed steel until their order came in, sometimes took months. My super awesome #1 magnums are still intact after 5 years of flight line use, only the bottom tread has worn down slightly. I'll probably never wear an issued boot again if I don't have to. $200 every 5 years is a small price to pay not to be in discomfort.
[Split from BOOT REGULATIONS: issued vs. non-issued vs. non-standard boots and retitled.