I bought the Asolo Zion waterproof boot and they are very comfortable right out of the box. I wanted a hiking boot more than a backpacking one, but sure it could handle both if needed. This is my first pair of hiking gear. Planning on a trip to Colorado this month and will be climbing up Maroon Bells to give them a workout. Ill update my review after I get back but living in a great hiking area of San Luis Obispo, Calif. I've found that they are worth every penny I spent. Great support and able to tackle the trails.