I ordered these hiking shoes because I was traveling to New Zealand, where I knew I will hike everyday. I needed some light and waterproof hiking shoes. It was the first time I purchased Merrel shoes and I am happy with it. I wore these shoes for 2 weeks, almost everyday. I was hiking between 2 and 5 hours everyday.I was initially concerned the shoes will too heavy, but their weight was not a problem. I used the shoes in really steep, and dry ground field. The hiking shoes provided enough support to prevent me from slippery. In order to have enough cushion for my foots, I have to wear some light cushion sicks, such the ones from Smartwool. With this, the shoes were very comfortable. In term of size, I am usually a 7 / 7.5 for my day-to-day shoe. I have to order a size 8 because 7.5 was too tight in width. The only thing I would have loved is to find some hiking shoes other than in dark color. While I was browsing on merrel website, there was not so much choice for colorful (i.e., such as red), waterproof shoes. More color will be welcomed for women hiking shoes.