im a soldier in the Australian Military. I am coming upon completion of an 8 month tour of Afghanistan and i thought I had to commend you on the quality of these Merrell boots. Since Feb I have been patrolling through the desert, green zone and mountains of this country carrying heavy loads in constant wet/ dry conditions. These boots have been outstanding. Easilly the best piece of equipment i have purchased and definitelly made life alot easier! The grip and toughness of the boots were excellent but most importantly the comfort. I did not recieve one blister my entire tour and would have to say these boots are even more comfortable than my asics runners.