I needed new boots and these were very well reviewed on other sites. They have been comfortable and no blisters after three different hikes more than 8 miles in length. I haven't gotten them wet yet, so can't comment on how waterproof. So far I am very pleased. They are a little higher on my ankle than my other mid level boots (Merrel Moab goretex). This is my first time purchasing Keen boots. Mail order service from Back Country was very prompt. They also had the best price.