I just began backpacking and decided to purchase these boots after reading something like a million reviews. I was looking for a waterproof boot with good support and deep treads. I also wanted a boot that would come just over my ankles. I have medium to wide with feet. I have had them for about 2 months now and they are great. It has been very wet and slippery as well as icy where I live and they get great traction. They have remained waterproof while trouncing through standing water and flowing creeks. The support is good and the lacing system is even better. I have hiked about 25 miles in these and I am glad I picked them. They were a little stiff out of the box, but they were broken in within 2 miles. Durability seems good so far, but it is a little early to judge that. I would definitely recommend these to my friends.