I've been wearing Merrell shoes regularly for about 2 years now and plan to continue to wear their products. These shoes are excellent and very rugged. Still look/feel great after countless miles of hiking in the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains through snowy, muddy, and rocky terrains. The waterproofing works great, which you can always expect with Gore-Tex products. Because these shoes are so tough and rugged, they do require a little bit of breaking in, as they were very stiff when I first got them. Broke them in by hiking along a shallow/rocky creek near where I live. Overall though, I love these shoes. Very comfortable, very sturdy, and to top it all off they look pretty awesome.