I absolutely love this boot. I was a Lifty at Alta Ski Area this past winter, so these boots definitely were "field tested". My feet stayed super warm and the traction was amazing on snow and ice. The one downside is the laces don't stay tied all the time, but that's a simple fix with a double knot- or just different laces. Sorel's will last forever!! Very durable- after the season my boots still look brand new. Word of Advice- buy a size or 1/2 size bigger than you need. The insole will pop out easily if the boot is too tight (which isn't that big of a deal, and as the boot wears in the insole begins to stay). Also, a size up will give you room to layer your feet with nice warm socks if you're planning on being in the cold for a few hours.