Last boot you will ever try on
I cannot praise these boots enough. They are trail runner comfortable out of the box and break in fast. The gore-tex liner means your foot will get a little moist but not the normal swamp that normally follows a day of hiking. They are water proof up to the brim or as close as any breathable boot can get (1+ hr in running water), even if you dunk your foot and the boot fills, it quickly expels the excess, meaning only a few minutes of squishy walking. I have gone through several pair of laces and the boot is far from dead. Like other reviewers mine have developed a crack right where the ball of the foot flexes. I think the sole material is just a little too rigid and extreme flex will crack it. Even with a crack the boot performs, It only allows a little water seepage that the boot soon expels. Buy a pair, and then a second so you will have them on that day long down the road that you finally retire these boots from the trail to a well deserved retirement of yard work.