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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.

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>>01 August 2004

A high performance running shoe which has been developed with the help of the British Army, is available for AW04.

The shoe, named the PT-03 and produced by sportswear company UK Gear, is the first commercial product ever to be produced in association with the Army and to bear the Army's famous crossed swords logo.

As well as advising on the design of the shoe, Army fitness instructors from the Army Physical Trainings Corps (APTC) tested the shoe over a six-month period. The entire project from concept, through design, testing and manufacture, has taken UK Gear 18 months to complete and has resulted in an official association with the Army - the first of its kind.

"The PT-03 is a high performance running shoe that has been designed and manufactured to very high standards and to meet the demands of the toughest runners," said David Hinde, managing director of UK Gear.

"It's been created with the help of 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. Whether they're an elite athlete or occasional jogger when they buy the PT-03 they'll know they're buying the best."

An Army spokesman for the APTC said; "The PT-03 is a quality running shoe, that's why we've put our name to it. It is the first time the Army has worked with a company in this way to share our expertise and experience and we expect it to be a great success."