Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Pros: No break-in period needed and plenty of warmth for mountain hiking. My Ice cleats fit on perfectly so I am ready for winter.
Cons: You will need to scuff up the soles or you will be slipping on wet leaves and rocks in between the snow surfaces.
I wear a 7.5 US boot and the 39 EU fits perfectly with my winter socks. Nice amount of toe room and no heel rubbing. I usually wear a 38.5 so in my opinion they run a bit small so it you fall into one of these in-be-tween sizes think a size up. The support is amazing and as a Nature Photographer I am often focused on things other than the trail. HikeOurPlanet.com These offer the stability I demand.
Kudos to BackCountry.com for the quick product turn-around so I had the right size for my winter hiking season.
Happy New Year from the Trail!