I procrastinated a long time before buying new shoes. I wish I hadn't. These shoes are awesome. I trust my feet on stuff that I never would have before. They haven't stretched much at all (I've had them for a few months). They are just the right amount of stiffness and they are pretty comfortable. I wouldn't hesitate to wear them for long climbs. I left them at home for a recent multi pitch climb and I really wish I hadn't. Definitely worth the money.