These boots were my first Merrell purchase, and I found them far better than any previous boots I've owned. I have been impressed since my first trek up a slippery English mountain in pervasive rain. The grip impressed, as did the instant comfort. My feet stayed warm and dry on a day that my coveted camera stopped working from the wet. Since then, I have used these boots for Tasmanian treks, socially, and for when work takes me into the elements. Three years old, and they're showing little wear. These boots made me a Merrell fan, and I now seek out Merrell shoes for comfort, grip and durability.