All the best features of a hiking boot without the extreme discomfort. An incredible boot. I have done a lot of backpacking in my life, including a 45 day trip in the Yukon. For all of those trips, I have worn extremely stiff “backpacking boots.” You might know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that are so stiff that the sole of the boot can’t flex no matter how hard try to bend it. Literally, on the first day of all of those trips I got horrible blisters on my heel. Why? Because as my foot bent as I walked, the boot stayed flat. This means that as my heel raised (and the boot remained on the ground) it rubbed up on the back of the boot causing blisters. I had resigned myself to permanent heel blisters until I found this boot! It has everything I want from a boot: ankle support, water proofing, and great grip, while also feeling like a very comfortable shoe. I have worn this boot on several hiking trips and one camping trip so far and it has performed incredibly; absolutely no blisters, not even a hot spot. The one drawback I see is that it has no area under the outsole where a gaiter strap can fit. If you are looking for a hiking boot that has great grip, ankle support, and water proofing, but retains the comfort of a tennis shoe, look no further. This is it. Hopefully this begins a larger trend in how we think about backpacking and hiking boots.