cJ, i too looked at these boots but ultimately couldn't justify the cost. i compared them to the equivalent Scarpa and Black Diamond and found very little difference. i ended up going with the Black Diamond becuase the boots were virtually the same but the pricing was much different. if money was no issue for me, i'd probably go for the Garmont, as their gear is great, but like most people i suspect, i'm watching my pennies. the money i saved actually went towards my season pass. Hope this helps.