...for the Military
UK Gear’s training shoes were originally designed in association with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC). These elite fitness professionals were closely involved in the development and tested our products in some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. Only when approved by the Military do we consider our products... Built to survive.
Founded in 1993, UK Gear has it's headquarters and customer services in Warwickshire, England. It also has an international office in California, USA. The company is recognised as a leading manufacturer of high performance athletic footwear and has built up a powerful reputation by pioneering the advancement of sporting products.
UK Gear, as a privately owned British company, remains devoted to a core set of guiding principles that sets the bench mark for the detailed quality and technical superiority of the products marketed under its brand name, its manufacturing integrity, and its unswerving commitment to complete customer satisfaction.
The company was founded in 1993 and only a year later was supplying performance clothing to the Scottish and Welsh athletes for all sports in the Commonwealth Games, this feat was repeated in 1998. In 1999 UK Gear supplied The West Indies Cricket Team with all their performance clothing and in 2001 the relationship with the British Army was formed; leading to the co-ordination in design and testing with The British Army’s Physical Training Corps (APTC).
In 2004 the PT-03 running shoe was launched-the first ever commercial product to earn the distinguished right to bear the British Army’s crossed swords insignia.
The year 2005 saw the launch of the GT-02 cross trainer. In the same year both the PT-03 and GT-02 were officially adopted as the approved training shoes for the British Army. Within the same 12 months UK Gear won a contract to supply a 3rd running shoe - the XC-09 to the German Military and the opening of UK Gear North America was unveiled. Soon after, UK Gear launched in Australia and then won the contract to supply the US Air Force Training Academy (USAFA) with both the PT-03 and GT-02.
In 2008 the unique extreme environment PT-03 DESERT and WINTER versions of the original running shoe were released following intensive Army trials in Afghanistan and Norway respectively. This successful launch was almost immediately followed by the winning of the contract to supply the US Army’s prestigious and world renowned West Point Training Academy. At the same time shoes were supplied to the Polish Special Forces (GROM) and the Greek military.
In 2009, following a rigorous year long test, UK Gear's PT-03 was notably approved by the Senior Physical Therapist of the US Army Running Shoe Program for use in training by US Army recruits. The final selection report on the shoe was conclusive, stating: ‘…the overall quality and durability of the UK Gear shoes is what makes them so well suited to the military training environment.’
In 2010 UK Gear launched the PT-1000 Road & Trail Runing Shoe - the world's FIRST running shoe designed to last 1,000 miles.
The RAPTC Senior Master at Arms commented: “Our instructors are responsible for the physical development of all our soldiers so are serious about their fitness and uncompromising on the standard of equipment they use. The PT-1000 was rigorously tested by 40 of our instructors who ran thousands of miles in prototypes. The PT-1000 has earned the right to bear the British Army’s famous crossed swords insignia.”
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