I bought a pair of Merrell Perimeter boots (not from backcountry), I didn't like them (they were as stiff as ski boots) I talked to merrell support, and they sent me a pair of these Metterals as a replacement. my initial impression of the boot was that it was cheaply made, with cheap material. the leather feels incredibly thin, the tongue is huge and puffy like a pair of walmart winter boots. then there is the fit. I know i have a low-volume foot, but you would need feet like a Fred Flintstone to fill these suckers up. I actually have 2 after market insoles, plus the factory insole in the boot right now. Surprisingly, with 3 insoles (probably 1/4'' total) the boot became pretty comfortable. I wear these boots for work every day, and they'll work for that. I would never take these on the trail.