These boots were very nice right out of the box. They fit well, with some lacing adjustments, are lightweight and very flexible. I took them from the box to the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness in July 2005, there was snow and miles and miles of bogs above 10,000ft. My socks and feet got a bit wet, not bad considering the conditions. Did 35+ miles with 40lb packthe Stratos XCR held up well after a week of tromping around. One downside, an eyelet started to break out of the seam.