These are my first pair of Merrells, although I do have a pair of Wolverine boots. With warm weather ahead, I was looking for something lightweight, breathable, and with good traction for the wet days. They fit true to size, and are very comfortable out of the box (I usually have to add an insert). Traction feels excellent. I can definitely recommend the Phoenix Ventilator based on initial impressions. Longevity remains to be seen. The reviews here were helpful in choosing which style to get, so I'm paying that back in kind.