I bought a pair 2 months ago for a backpacking trip in Colorado.
They have held up well with no rips or tears.
I have hiked to summit of several mountains in these and they are by far the most comfortable hiking shoe I have owned.
As far as their water proofing goes I have found that if you remove your socks and the removable insole before crossing a creek or river they will absorb very little water allowing them to dry off very quickly.
I would recommend to a friend
I have owned the same pair of Links for a year now and I must say they are awesome. I wear them to work and class everyday and also while trail building, riding cross country, and downhill. The have held up very well with no rips or tears,I have easily ridden over 300 miles in them with no problems. My only complaint is they took a while to break in.
I would recommend to a friend.
Are the sleeves removable