I recommend these boots if you are looking for something not quite as stiff as the plastic mountaineering boots but stiffer than regular leather hikers. I use these boots winter hiking in the White Mountains in NH. I've only used them a couple times so far, but they have been comfortable, kept my feet warm and dry. They seem to work well with crampons too. I had to order a half size larger than what the sizing chart recommended. I sent the smaller pair back to this site and they were very quick in processing my refund. The boot comes with an insole that is quite thin. So, for more comfort, I purchased some better quality insoles which is a big improvement.