so great i bought another pair!
these boots are amazing! i got them for desert hiking after reading reviews of how they seemed to do well in those conditions. immediately, they were comfortable. prep involved a couple of 1 hour hikes, but no real break in to speak of. the big test came on a canyoneering outing that was about 12 miles long and 13.5 hours in duration. in all that heat and sand slogging i never even came close to getting a blister. while nearly every other member of my party was layed up with blisters the size of golf balls, i was ready to jump up and go for more! (after a night's sleep and a couple gallons of water). another thing that really impressed me was the incredible grip that these boots have. in dry conditions, i can be standing on a near vertical slope of rock and my feet don't slide at all. i lose my balance before my feet lose grip. now, i have noticed a downside that can be expected of soft grippy soles, and that is that they wear out faster than if they were stiff. the tread on the bottom is noticeably worn after about 10 months of heavy use. this is a small sacrifice though in exchange for such great performance. i love these so much that when the they went on sale i bought another pair so i'd have them when the first wears out.