I really love these boots. They are well made and hold up very well over time. They are indeed waterproof as the Gore-Tex implies and provide great support. They are stiff at first and take a little bit to break in, but once they are broken in I can wear them all day without any sore spots. They run true to size. They work well for various conditions from spring hikes to winter snowshoeing. Just adjust your socks accordingly and you should be fine. I like the stiff rubber on the toe because it holds up well against scuffs from rocks and tree roots. The sole is firm for added support, but soft enough to provide sufficient traction in the loose stuff. Take into account the height of the boot when buying because if you are looking a taller mountaineering boot this might not be what you want. They are a typical height backpacking style boot. I use them snowshoeing, but usually need to wear gators. I forgot my gators in the attached photo, but I guess it helps show more of the boot that way.