Over all the boot is very comfortable, as with any Oakley footwear product there have been a few hours put in to the R&D of this product. The outer shell is very nice, made of soft grain leather and pretty flexible while still providing great protection and support. There is tons of padding around the ankels and top of the boot to help protect your feet. The shell is toted at being water resistant. I can not comment on that at this time as I have not stepped in any significant puddles with these boots yet. The lace I lets are not reinforced as in many other boots. This is something that should be addressed in future versions of the boot. Oakley has opted to put a small triangle logo on the outer shell of the boot. I think it kills the overall look of the boot but I’m sure someone at Oakley said it looked cool so it’s there.
One of the most noticeable features of the boot is the unique lug pattern on the sole. The TIRE TREAD type pattern extends to the sides and kind of wraps around a bit to the top of the boot. The pattern gives great traction in all kinds of terrain. Woods to rocks I had no problems with slipping or sliding. I also noticed that the tread grips the rock some, when you have your foot on its side. The center of the under sole is similar to that of an “AQUATREAD” tire. It looks as if it will channel any water or loose sand out to the sides of the boot. Will it actually do this? I don’t know. but it does have the tread pattern to do it. The tip (toe) of the under sole stretches to the top of the boot allowing for some bite when making a sprint or off the break. The heel is also extended up the back of the boot to allow for some breaking and control when sliding.
With the boot on you will noticed the comfort that Oakley foot wear is famed for. VERY light weight the boot weighs less than the magnums I have, and pretty much feel like a set of cross trainers on your feet. There is great arch support as well as a snug and secure fit around the ankles. The tongue is gusseted to help keep moisture out of the boot. The laces are “fitted” so that your knots will not slip and laces come undone. The interior material seems to wick the moisture away from your foot to keep them dry. Running in the boots offered the comfort and feel of running shoes. Walking on loose rocks and up loose sandy hills was a breeze.
The boot comes in BLACK, DESERT TAN, and NIGHT CAMO BLACK and has a big price tag of $225.
Overall I am very happy with the Oakley SI boots, they offer great protection and comfort for long days of play or work. Is the price tag of $225 (+shipping) worth it? Well that really depends on how much money you have and if you think that much money is worth it for boots you play in. I was able to get a great deal on them and paid less than the advertised price but overall I like the boots very much.
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I give them 3 and a because of the price tag