O'Neal Element Boot
Well built for the price
This is my first pair of off-road boots. They are reasonably well made and fit true to size. What is annoying is that 2nd buckle from the top can not be adjusted tight enough. I don't tuck my pants into the boots and it's not adjustable enough to actually tighten.
November 24, 2014
Good protection regardless of thier price.
Are my feet and ankles worth $450? Sure they are! but why spend $450 when you get the same protection (better in some cases!) for $125? Sure these are heavier and may have less features then some boots but the protection is there.
I normally wear a size 10.5 (U.S.). They don't come in half sizes so I tried a 10, too small, so I bought these in 11 and they are a tiny bit big (as expected) so I would say they are sized correctly. I installed some aftermarket gel insoles and I normally wear thick boot socks when riding so they actually fit perfect now.
They're a little stiff and take some time to break-in but overall they are comfortable, practical, good looking and most of all, protect you when you spill.
November 1, 2014
These boots take a while to "break in" but once they do they wear nicely. They have grippy soles and provide great ankle support.
October 28, 2014
Great Value for money
It needs to be broken first as the material is somehow very hard compared to other brands...
for the price you are paying, this is a very good deal.
October 13, 2014
This is a great product.
The boot fit exactly as I needed it to and it is quite comfortable, however, the second strap up is as tight as it will go and doesn't quite tighten up around my leg.
September 15, 2014
Best protection for the lowest price
Well I have put about 1k miles on these and its time to write a review.
Sizing: I normally wear a size 10 US shoe with D width, and the size 10 boot is a perfect fit.
Negatives: Only complaint is that I have the ratchets almost fully tightened. If you have really skinny calves / ankles these might be a bit loose. The buckles are plastic, but I expect that at this price point. If one were to ever break they seem very easy to replace. A bit heavy at around 4 lbs each.
Positives: Doesn't get too hot, stays warm at night. Full protection. I even think these are more protective than Sidi Cobras. The ankle has no lateral movement, whereas the SIdi's can be bent left and right with your hand. Full steel shank through the soul. They are very comfortable and move well after a short break in period. I ride a dual sport and the souls have very little wear with lots of standing on my pegs. No ugly metal clip on the toe either which I really like.
Keep in mind the red souls pictured do not come with these and they are not replaceable. They are a bit squeaky like a stiff rubber sound, but that really doesn't bother me. I tuck my AGV sport textile pants into these as well. Really happy with my purchase.
September 3, 2014
I bought these boots because other brands are extremely expensive. Ive worn these five times so far and they work great. Good protection and functionality. The only thing i did not like about this product was that one strap was a bit too long but that is because i have skinny legs. Great boot for the price. I would recommend this product.
July 28, 2014
I have some excellent Sidi shoes for my mountain bike and might eventually get their boots for use with my WR250R. However, the Sidi price was a bit rough for my first dualsport boots so I went with these and am pleased with them.
I've dumped the bike a few times on really steep, loose, rocky climbs. One time the engine sidecase area landed squarely on my calf and pinned my leg momentarily. Not once did I receive an injury or even bruising with these boots on. I think that's good protection for the price.
On water crossings the boots picked up water quickly but seemed to drain just as readily. My feet did not slosh around in them.
I have a quite large calf circumference from years of bicycling and backpacking. The tops of these boots are a tiny bit snug at maximum adjustment but still plenty comfortable. I think they will offer ample adjustment for 98% of all riders.
Overall, a good boot for the bucks.
July 8, 2014