Worth the hype and the money
Not all feet are created equal . . .
I have narrow heels, with long toes and somewhat wider forefoot. I therefore needed a boot with a narrower heel cup with toe room. I hiked in about 6 different pairs - from Danner, to Vasque, Asolo, Scarpa, Merrel - all no good in some way or another. A shoe salesperson at another popular outdoor store in the Northwest recommended these, having worked in a soccer store for years - so she knew her feet.
Now some folks commented here about the underfoot support being questionable. While I do feel the stones on a very rocky trail a little bit, I believe that the boot's general fit, support, and comfort makes up for that "deficiency". Put it this way, I have had no feet pain or blisters since I bought these. They are very comfortable and waterproof, and have an excellent lacing system with locking metal hooks.
I am currently training to climb Mt. Rainier later this year, and am logging a lot of miles and vertical feet carrying a backpack, so they are being tested very well. In fact, I will use them on the approach to Rainier, and only switch to mountaineering boots after Camp Miur.