I was very impressed with this shoe but is not my first choice, especially if your doing a lot more hiking than climbing. However, if I desided I was only bringing one pair of shoes to go on a climbing outting these would so be the ones. They are more like a climbing shoe than a hiking shoe and can do both tasks well. One thing to note, the lacing comes right down to the toe and is quite wide. If you spend a lot of time in places where sand and small rocks or twigs can get into your shoes then these will probably drive you nuts!