I used to have Hi-Tec boots. They were heavy, uncomfortable, and didn't do me much good in hot temperatures. After years of dealing with chaffed ankles, athletes foot, and blisters, I finally made the choice to get some better boots. So I talked to my friend who is always hiking whenever the trail is dry, and he recommended Merrells. I went down to the local sports store, tried them on, and fell IN LOVE WITH THEM! I can't tell anyone enough how much I love these shoes. I don't even eel them on my feet. It's like they were custom made for my feet. I'm never going to buy any other brand, and now, I have to prepare for my hike to the top of Half-Dome in Yosemite.