Svelte rocks. It's going to be a big, big deal. The best way for me to explain the texture is to say it's like a pot scrubber... you know, that hard, gritty texture that's often on the back side of a dish sponge. It dries four times faster than felt, and absorbs five times less water (hence the eco-friendliness). And in my opinion, it grips as well, or better than felt. My only question now is how well the stuff will hold up as I walk miles on dusty trails to and from the river. But out of the box, it was extremely impressive. I think it's fair to say this will shift the wading boot paradigm. It's definitely the "A" lineup as I plan to make tracks to the river to do some real wading and fly fishing.