These are real boots. Not as real as Norwegian welt full steel shank 7lbs per pair, takes two years to break in monsters, but I'll take these.
I've had them for a little over a year now, and here's what I've noticed.
-Surprisingly comfy out of the box--made me worry about durability, but no issues there. No blisters even on death march style uppy-downy epics. Even more comfy now.
-Feel extremely stable on all terrain. I know light is right, but I also grew up learning not to sprain an ankle in the wilderness. Ever. Think it would be hard to injure feet or ankles in these boots, even with a heavy load.
-Very warm and dry for a "non insulated, non-waterproof" boot. Yet somehow comfortable(ish) on muggy 90 degree slogs.
-Still look embarrassingly new after a year of steady use. Might need to see if some tight slots near the dirty devil might ugly them up a little.
-As many others have noted, Size up! I went up about a full size from my measured foot size, and after finally fitting some nice sole insoles wish I would have gone another half size bigger to fit winter socks.
-On the same note, go for the thinnest insoles you can to save that precious toe box space.
A terrific pair of boots that are more than capable of kicking some sh!#.