You get what you pay for!
This is an excellent backpacking boot that is suited for nearly every environment. They are comfortable to wear all day with a heavy pack and rarely do I have to have a mid-day rest to adjust or change my socks.
I spent a week on the 75 KM West Coast Trail in knee deep mud, abrasive sand, rivers and intertidal sandstone benches and found the traction and adaptability to be greatly superior to other boots I have used on the same trip. It rained for three days and both feet remained dry. Side note - Rocky Mountain proof.
Lowa has refined the gore-tex liner which significantly reduces hot spots that lead to blisters. As my first gore-tex lined boot this is the case - blister free (aside from initial break-in period of 25 km +/-, not uncommon).
The lace-lock is awesome for securing the needed ankle support on uneven/slippery terrain.
I will buy another pair...someday...if I need to!