first, i'd like to say that i've used these boots for the last two years for hundreds upon hundreds of hours of landscaping work and have yet to be disappointed by these boots while working. however, i have also put on a few hundred miles of hiking trails in them as well, and must say that for that (which of course is their intended use), i have been mildly disappointed. while the sole is quite solid for such a lightweight boot, the sole does wear through a little more quickly than i predicted. the gripe that others have had with the Gore-Tex lining i did not experience until about a year after their use, but when the lining in the heel crumpled up i developed bursitis (so my running friend told me) on my heel during a backpacking trip in Yellowstone. i've figured out that all i need to do is position my heel a little more precisely in the boot prior to wear now, kind of annoying, but i haven't had a problem for about a year now. while these boots are waterproof, in my time landscaping, i've successfully managed to break through to the Gore-Tex lining in multiple areas, and they no longer provide protection from the water, but i doubt that this would occur if only used for hiking as intended. like i said, i have used these boots almost more than any shoe i have ever worn, and two years later, i still use them every week. they are 90 percent of the time super comfy and i would still recommend them if one were able to get them on sale. one last thing; the lace eyelets eat through bootlaces like no other. i've already gone through 4 pair and never go hiking without an extra pair.