They were good for a while.......
I had an old pair of vasques that belonged to my dad that I used for years and they have been the only boots i have ever owned. Unfortunately this pase summer when I got them out of my closet, a mouse had made a meal out of one of the uppers 6 days before a trip I was taking. Ordered them, got them, and took them on a 4 day bare bones light trip on the AT and they were amazingly comfortable.I did seem to bottom out a few times coming down steep hills, but otherwise the support was pretty darn good. I retired them from hiking though because they are only good for light loads, but they became my work boots. Bit by bit though, the waterproofing went away to where now they are useless at keeping dew out. if that was not enough, about 6 work days in, the sole became un-laminated or un-glued right underneath the toe box. I sort of bodged them back together with superglue, but i never though they would do this considering the quality usually inherent in merrels. Anyway, these are great light use lightweight boots that may not last as long as you want.