I work for a high adventure wilderness program in which I am out backpacking through utah every other week. On one week I was unprepared when a big snowstorm snuck in and I was forced to spend the week hiking in a pair of snowboard boots. After a week of pain and uncomfortableness like that, I told myself that would never happen again. I bought these boots for their all aroundness to cover all of the winter activites that I do. I have taken them out on the trail for three weeks of adventure now and I am very satisfied. These are very warm and comfortable and don't give you the clunky heavy winter boot feel... I highly recomeend these due to their versitility, warmth and comfort over long hikes. And they look pretty futuristic as well.