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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Facebook competition - 5 prizes to be won

June 2012 - Like, Share and Win!

To Enter: All you have to do is "Like" our Facebook page and "share" the competition photo with your friends.

Prizes: We will have five prizes including our new Multicam Rucksack, worth £350. Other prizes will all be Intelligent Armour products, made here in the UK.

Rules:The winners will be picked on the 31st of July 2012 and will be notified via Facebook. We reserve the right to publish the names of the winners on Facebook.
To enter you must "like" our Facebook page and "share" the competition photo.

Intelligent Armour Limited organises regularly competitions so keep an eye on our website.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Lowa combat boots, the right choice

Lowa combat boots, the right choice…
Having been selling Lowa combat boots for four years now you could say that we have some experience with this brand!

Choosing boots is very much a personal issue, down to preference, and no matter what your task or job you need to take care in picking the right pair of boots.

Why Lowa?
We point people in the direction of Lowa Combat Boots mainly due to the craftsmanship and the quality of the construction. Very, very few of our clients have had to return Lowa boots due to defects.

Another great reason to invest in to Lowa boots is that many of the range can be re-soled. Although we do suggest that this is done only with companies that are recommended by Lowa and who use genuine Vibram sole units. Two such companies are: Feet First – 01246 260795 & Lancashire Sports Repairs – 01282 439109

Picking the right size
Many people contact us about the sizing on Lowa Boots, having read articles on the internet and on forums that tell the buyer to go up a size or half a size.

We do not advise this. If you are a size UK9, then order a size UK9, you can always exchange it if you are wrong.

Trying boots for size is always important if you can, not of course easy if you are ordering via the internet! Our advice on this is to try your boots on later in the day; this is because most people’s feet expand during the day.

If you want to try a pair of boots then please call us first to ensure that we have the correct sizes in stock and also so that someone can be on hand to give you the best possible advice on what might be best for you and your feet.

Two pairs of socks?
We do not advise on trying boot on with two pair of socks, or wearing two pairs of socks. Our advice is to purchase the right socks for wearing with boots. We recommend Marino Wool socks such as SmartWool socks.

Gone have the days when you need to wear two pairs of socks with boots. Modern boot construction means that with Gore-Tex and other such fabrics being used, you really don’t need to use two pairs of socks. Two pairs of socks will also led to blisters and extra friction and sweating, overheating of the feet causing swelling and other complications. 

What boot for what job?
We have taken the four most popular Lowa Boots to give a guide to suggested uses based on the design of the boot.

A Gore-Tex mountain still boot with firm soles. Ideal as a winter patrol boot for police etc.

The same design as the Mountain GTX Boot, only an inch taller. Ideal for those that require that bit of extra ankle protection. Also ideal for Police dog teams.

Lowa SuperCamp Boots (Non-Gore-Tex)
Ideal for those working on rough terrain but in a warmer environment that do not require a Gore-Tex liner.

Ideal for light to medium terrain. These combat boots are non Gore-Tex and are suitable as a lightweight combat boot.

Friday, 1 June 2012

IA Products, made in the UK!

Intelligent Armour Limited is developing and manufacturing its own range of tactical products for a few months now here in the UK using only military specification materials.

All our products are checked and tested under strict quality control so that they work first and every time in the field.
Our products new include:

- Pouches
- Hydration packs
- Slings
- Helmet covers

See more of our products here:
From a standing start
Having been selling products from a few well-known brands for a number of years, we started to learn more and more about what our clients, the end-users were wanting from their equipment. This got us thinking about how we might start manufacturing our own gear.

Not having been involved in purchasing raw materials, Cordura and webbing etc, before, it was a very steep learning curve!

Military specifications and standards
We soon learned that the UK MOD does not have any set standards laid down for the manufacture of "Military Specification" equipment as such. Not like the USA, where even down to the thread a Military Specification exists.

This of course caused us a number of headaches and led us to have to purchase raw materials direct from the USA to insure that we were purchasing only the very best raw materials that were of "Military Specification".

Maybe one day the UK MOD will understand the need to have a laid down specification for thread and fabric and maybe too it might support the UK defence manufactures in the US DOD have with The Berry Amendment.

Standards in manufacture
At Intelligent Armour one thing that we do understand is quality and our clients, so we did not just want to cut any corners in manufacture, we wanted to keep it all "in house" and employ the best possible staff to carry out the manufacture of our products.

We are very proud that we have now got a head seamstress who has made in her career everything from wedding dresses and ball gowns to tents and Kevlar vests; she has too had items that she has designed and made sold in top London stores such as Harrods and Selfridges.

Design and development
Our CEO (Alex Bomberg) draws from his many contacts in the infantry and UK Special Forces and too from the world of Close Protection and private security for advice and ideas. We can't claim to know everything about equipment or its development, but we do always talk to our clients and ask for feedback on what to make next and what does and does not work for them in and operational environment.

You and our future
If you have an idea about a bit of equipment that you want to see made, talk to us. We are only going to be as good as our clients make us!