Most of the fishing I do is in the northwestern part of Oregon, mainly tributary rivers off of the Columbia river. Sometimes in order to get access to the river, I have to hike a mile through the woods. Hiking this much takes a toll on my boots. Previously I bought cheap boots and after about a month they started to fall apart on me. So now I decided to spend the money and get some good wade boots, and these are fantastic. Hiking up and down the river these boots are comfortable, and have great ankle support. Very durable. I fish at least once a week so I need something that's going to live up to harsh conditions and the beating I put on my gear and these are living up to that standard.