I've been wearing Merrells for several years, and these shoes are my most recent pair. I usually only have one pair of shoes that I wear regularly, so I end up wearing my shoes in lots of situations.Overall, this is a good pair of Merrells, but not the best I've had. I always replace the insoles anyway, but in this case, I was surprised to find that there is literally no other padding under the ball of the foot. Unless you have tougher feet than mine, you will definitely want to replace the insoles. Once I did that, I've enjoyed these shoes quite a bit. They're comfortable and supportive, although for some reason I can't quite put my finger on, they're not quite as comfortable as some of my previous Merrells.
The ventilation seems to be good, and my feet are definitely cooler than they've been in previously owned waterproof but non-Goretex hiking boots. The soles have pretty good grip, but the lugs are shallower than on some other Merrell hiking shoes, and they seem to get plugged up by heavy clay-type mud.