First off I LOVE Lowa boots, but that's just my preference, fit is everything when choosing boots. Anyway, I bought these because I wanted a day hiking boot that was supportive and relatively lightweight to replace my Vasque Breeze GTX's. I can't tell you how happy I am with these, they're lighter than the breezes, yet give way more support. I went on a 23 mile hike over two days, right out of the box and had hardly any issues, now that they're broken in, I have NO issues. I replaced the insoles for even more comfort and support. The Vibram sole is super grippy which is great for me cause I'm usually rock scrambling. My confidence in these boots has grown with each hike I do. So far no problems with the water proofing either. Yes they're expensive, but I paid about $150 for the breezes and they leaked within a year, but my backpacking boots are also from Lowa and they're still completely waterproof after several trips, I suspect these will be similar. As for backcountry use, I'd probably say once you strap on a 30- 40 lb pack, they wouldn't have the strength to handle rough terrain, but that's not what they're made for, look into the Lowa Ranger or Banff. Great job Lowa!
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