Its a fairly good boot, and it a version of it is standard in all mountaineering institutes in India where they use it for everything. But I agree that these boots did soak in a fair amount of water from sweat and would retain it, actually visible on the leather. I took it as an approach boot on Ama Dablam last year, and the residual sweat would freeze causing the boots to become like wearing icechests. Also not a big fan of the lace lock system on the tongue, it positioned by ankle weird causing blisters, but a normal lace up would be fine. But I like the stormtrooper boots very much, they are pretty sweet, and is the best option given the current prospects.