I ultimately returned these boots due to the excessively tight fit, particularly in the toe box. Some reviews state that this is a problem only for those with wide feet; however, I wear medium width shoes and found this to be a problem. The factory insoles don't provide much arch support but this is to be expected.
The waterproofing worked like a charm as did the grip on the soles. The boots worked well while hiking and snowshoeing in the Vermont winter.
My best advice is to try them on in a store before buying. If this isn't possible, be flexible and be willing to experiment.