I've spent the last two summers working and hiking in Denali National Park and I need a new pair of mid boots to support my ankles. I read great reviews for this shoe on backcountry and recently loved the keen venice h2 sandals that I purchased. I decided to buy the shoes.
For starters you have to pay for shipping to AK-- because I feel loyal to backcountry I purchased the shoes from them and paid for shipping.
I took these shoes on one 5 mile hike-- not long but very steep-- and was bummed out. These shoes hurt my feet no matter how I tied them. I'm 5'2" and a size 8, though I always buy 8.5 for hiking shoes. I have a wide foot and I felt like the structure of the shoe didn't focus as much on arch support as cushioning. The ascent hurt but the descent was brutal. My toes were jamming in the front of the shoe even though I bought the extra half size up. The shoe felt too narrow mid foot and with a mile to go I switched to my h2 sandals to keep from getting toe blisters. Ankle support was great.
Now I have to pay for shipping to return my shoes to backcountry and I will be paying for shipping for the exchanges to come. If you live in Alaska, I'd recommend buying on Amazon because if your product doesn't work you're going to be out $60 for brand loyalty.