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    By Jason 04/03/2012

    So, it's been a while since my last review...

    The Vipers saw a few more paintball events in 2011 and one so far in 2012.

    October 2011 - The morning after a heavy snow storm that ended in a slushy mess, I found myself back at the paintball field where these boots first saw action. I ran through what I thought was a couple of inches of water to quickly find out that the blades of grass peeking out hid the fact that the water was knee deep. The boots were soaked in and out... Hours of play later I was home. Tired and cold I left cleaning my gear for another day. A couple of days later I took to the boots with a soft bristle brush and soapy water. The boots cleaned up nice, but I had to replace the insoles. The boots were so soaked they took on a musty smell in and out. A couple of old soaks filled with charcoal took care of the smell inside, but the outside still had a smell that went away with time.

    February 2012 - Another paintball event and again it snowed and rained days prior. This was a new field for me and it has some "swampy" areas. I was crossing one of these areas following the footsteps of another player. I guess this player crossed a little more carefully and tested each step he took. As I ran through I found myself yet again up to my knee, but this time with a swampy muddy mess. A week later I followed the same steps as above. I just hope this I get the same results.

    The moral of the story... Watch where you step and take care of your boots as soon as possible.

    I still find these boots to be the best I have had for paintball in 16 years. Although crouching / squatting can be a little uncomfortable on the achilles due to the low cut I still find them extremely comfortable in all other aspects of the game.

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