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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.

Give your feet a treat with the shoe designed for the Army's elite

>>09 June 2005

Want to exercise wearing a running shoe developed for some of the fittest people in the UK?

Then check out the PT-03, produced by British sportswear company UK Gear in Association with the Army.
During development of the shoe, Army fitness instructors from the elite Army Physical Training Corps (APTC) advised on its design and 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 a unique association with the Army.

"The PT-03 is a high performance running shoe. It has 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," says David Hinde, managing director of UK Gear. "Whether they're an elite athlete or occasional jogger when people buy the PT-03 they'll know they're buying the best."

The testing phase saw a number of instructors from the Aldershot-based APTC use the prototype shoe in all their training sessions. These included, track, trail and road sessions as well as the Corps' punishing hill running sessions.

The Army's feedback was then incorporated into later designs before the final PT-03 was tested and approved.

David Hinde said: "The end product is a stability running shoe which incorporates all the latest technical benefits which are available. The PT-03 will provide support and cushioning to fulfill the needs of the majority of runners."

One senior APTC officer who covered more than 800 kilometres in the same pair of PT-03s said they were an outstanding pair of running shoes.

So when I tried out a pair, did they cut seconds off my running time on the treadmill?

Sadly not, my standard of fitness is not that high just yet.

They did however prove to be exceptionally flexible, comfortable and lightweight - perfect for a lengthy work-out.

The PT-03 which has a recommended retail price of £79, is available from the UK's top specialist running stores and major sports shoe retailers including Sweatshop and The Athletes Foot.

Customers can also order shoes online at www.ukgear.com or calling the company direct on 08704031400.