This boot is the most comfortable high-top boot I have ever owned and will ever own. It is very lightweight, but still has the support needed when carrying a heavy backpack over variable terrain. I wore these boots all summer long hiking through lots of muck, mud and water and they never soaked through- good waterproofness. The best part about this boot is that it does not have a super stiff sole like most high-top boots I have worn in the past, so the flexibility allows for better gripping over rocks and I don't feel like I have Frankenstein feet when I hike. I always got foot pain in boots that were too stiff and felt like my foot was in a steel box of a shoe, but with the light-weight and flexibility of this shoe, my feet can flex and respond more naturally to the terrain underfoot.