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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.

Trainers developed with Army help

>>16 September 2004

Civilians are being given the chance to use trainers that were developed with the help of the British Army.

The PT-03 running shoe, which is emblazoned with the crossed swords logo, is the first commercial product made in association with the Army.

Fitness instructors from the elite Physical Training Corps put the trainers through six months of tests.

The instructors also advised Warwickshire-based manufacturer UK Gear on the design of the new footwear.

David Hinde, managing director of UK Gear, said: "The PT-03 is a high performance running shoe.

"We will only take part in such initiatives when they do not impact on our core initiatives" - Colonel Robin Clifford

"It was created with the help of the some of the fittest people on the planet - the Army's own fitness instructors - which means it will stand up to the demands of any runner."

Colonel Robin Clifford, head of the Army's commercial branch, said: "This pioneering initiative is in keeping with the Army's values of innovation, expertise and flexibility.

"We believe that activities like this, with Army personnel demonstrating that their specific skills can be of value and benefit to the public, are positive for the Army.

"Of course, the Army is very busy on operations and training, so we will only take part in such initiatives when they do not impact on our core initiatives."

The PT-03 will be available from specialist running shops, priced at £79.

A proportion of the revenue from sales will go back to the Army.