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Oakley S.I. Assault Boots Superb!

#1 User is offline   SWATORNOT 

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 11:26 PM

I present you with an initial product review of these boots (I am hoping to put these in field this weekend after which I will do a follow-up).
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So the other day I am wandering through our local mall and I happen to pass by the Oakley store. Curious me steps into because I saw these particular boots in the display window.

The boots looked amazing, so I had to try a pair on. The fit of these boots is phenomenal along with the support. The original price was about $145 but for some reason these were on sale for $75...hard to pass up such a deal when your feet are a valuable asset to your game.


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As you can tell these boots are a nice look and offer great ankle support (8" collar height available as well for added support), and seem to have a great tread pattern to keep the feet planted well. My first impression after putting them on was that they are a very light-weight boot from previous footwear I have used. Granted Oakley is not very well known for their footwear as much as their glasses, however I feel they have made a superb product here with these boots...the only thing that could make them even better would be a side zipper for easier on/off the feet.


Once I have a chance to "abuse" the boots a bit this weekend I will update this review...


For now you can see these boots here;
http://oakley.com/o/o3552d

***UPDATE***

Well I had the chance today to use these boots...and all I can say is WoW!

The boots were a little stiff (granted for new boots), but they were still very supportive, and flexible throughout the day. My feet have never felt so good in boots before, especially while running and making quick directional changes in my path (foot slide in the boot etc.). The light-weight of the boots made it feel like I was wearing my regular casual shoes all day today, so much so that I came home and didn't take these boots off for at least 4-5 hours after playing.

If you are in the market for a light-weight, durable, and an extremely comfortable boot then you will want to give these things a look for certain!

This post has been edited by MONITOR: 18 November 2006 - 09:28 PM

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 06:48 AM

looks pretty goood, i got mine and love them. they have good ankel support and are comfy as hell. i hope those are the same. they dont look like they go up high enough. i like the 8 " my self.
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 09:28 PM

Updated original post with my first day's use review
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Posted 19 November 2006 - 11:00 AM

On MONITOR's recommendation and initial evaluation (I was at the same game), I went to the Oakley store right after. I saw the "sale" price still marked as $145, and was a little nervous (forgot that he said they were marked down to $75). I decided to check on the price and found out they were indeed $75.

I haven't had a chance to play in them yet, but the feel is great. I do have a wide foot, so the fit is very snug around my instep. I am sure the boot will break in like combat boots, and the fit will be phenomenal.

Probably worth it at $145. DEFINITELY worth it at $75.
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Posted 19 November 2006 - 11:10 AM

Great review.... thanks for the info, I also have met a fellow player that has used them for quiet some time and was on his 4th pair and he recommend making sure you purchased the ones that are made in the U.S , there are some that are made in China and they don't seem to last as long, but other wise they are a great boot i have been plan on buying them myself, Thanks for the info guys...

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 11:19 AM

One thing to add:

If you have a low arch in your foot (or none at all), these boots will feel weird for a while. The arch support is rather high for such people, but it is good for sports activities. It will eventually rebuild the arch, which helps prevent foot problems.

EDIT: As an addendum to by above post about the boots being tight:
I have only worn these a little last night, and about an hour today to break them in. Already they are easier to wear, but still snug around the foot. I forsee these will become great jedi boots....

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 07:37 AM

*cross post from UMS*

LOL - I just got a pair of the black boots.

I suspect the reason you got them so cheap is because they have the old style sole on them. FWIW, I like the old version better.

The main points I like about these boots are:
lightweight, it feels like I'm wearing gym shoes.
Fit, when you put these on your heel / ankle "snaps" into the boot. It's almost like they were custom tailored to your foot.

Some facts you may not know about these boots:
  • There were originally made per government contract as standard issue for the special forces. The only way to get them was to be in the military.
  • They came in black, tan, night camo and snow camo.
  • There were US made and foreign made versions. They had to have US made version for the troops since they are not allowed to issue non-US products. The ONLY difference between them was where they were made and price. (US version was more expensive)
  • New sole pattern for 2006 / 2007
  • Discontinued colors night camo and snow camo.
  • Only tan is only available in the US made versions since troops are no longer issued black boots. If you want black you'll need to buy the foreign made versions.
  • If you are in the military or law enforcement you can purchase the boots directly at a discount as well as other items including sunglasses. Contact Oakley at 800-525-4334 or 858-459-4245 to get the order forms.

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 08:23 AM

They look pretty awesome. However, my first reaction when I saw the initial pictures was: "Those look like the futuristic Nike's worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future II." They look like a gym shoe (a LOT like a wrestling shoe) with extremely high tops rather than as a boot.

But I bet they are comfortable. I've been wearing my Original SWAT boots for the last couple years and probably should invest in a new pair of boots.
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Posted 30 November 2006 - 08:13 PM

nice review i didnt know oakley made boots i have a pair of googles and i love them
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 12:32 AM

ouch .. wish I would have known sooner... rather than months later!

Price has jumped to $175.
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 10:48 PM

I used to have a pair of Oakley high-top basketball shoes woven out of Kevlar (of all materials!), and I LOVED them -- especially the super-soft, super-tacky, special rubber soles. These boots look like they share a lot of the same construction. They look really cool. Too bad they are so expensive, approaching $200! For half the price ($90) I have been rolling for the better part of a year in Converse desert boots with side-zip and composite toes, which have great uppers, amazing mud-sheddding high-traction soles, and styling that has a similarly sexy high-tech sensibility comparable to that of the Oakley SIs...

Still, a nice review on what look to be very nice boots.

:question: PS: My Oakley high-tops ran large when I had them, by a half to a whole size. Did you find that your boots run true to size, that is, did you take your usual boot or sport shoe size?
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