Great hiking shoes. I live on a mountain with plenty of relatively steep trails and therefore need shoes that provide good grip. These newer model shoes deliver good grip on sloops similar to my older pair of Merrell's. A pleasant surprise was the way this newer model better prevents one's toes from sliding to touch the front of the shoe when descending steep hills. Now I just hope that the tread on these new Merrell's lasts longer than the tread on my previous pair (worn out in about 6 months of hiking). Only time will tell.