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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.

NEW trainers developed with the help of the British Army were launched today.

>>16 September 2004

The running shoes are the first commercial product to be developed in association with the Army, and bear its famous crossed swords logo under the tongue.

Fitness instructors from the elite Army Physical Training Corps (APTC) advised trainer manufacturer UK Gear on the design.

The shoes were then put through six months of tests, which involved instructors wearing them in track, trail and road running as well as punishing hill running sessions.

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

"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."