The Vasque Breeze Gortex is worth every penny! I just got back from a hike up Mount Washington on May 28th. There is still snow on the mountain so the trail from the Cog Railway was like one long stream. I was with 43 highschool kids on an outdoor ed. trip and when we reached the top I was the only one with dry feet. The boots had no break-in period to speak of. After two long days of climbing, the first up Mount Washington from the Cog and down Tuckerman's Ravine to Pinkham Notch, and the second day to the summit of Mount Chocoura, my feet were very comfortable with no blisters at all. The grip was amazing even on the slippery wet rocks at the summit of Chocoura as we encountered thunderstorms and hail while we were climbing. The boot is nice and light and that pale yellow along the bottom makes it pretty sweet looking.