I'm gonna go ahead and say that the Danner Explorer boots are great because they are built like tanks. Out of the box they are stiff but that's expected. I'm a little set off by the sizing though. I usually wear a 9 shoe but these are a very tight 10 and I just bought a pair of Wolverine 1000 mile boots that are 8.5. I just wish that American shoemakers would use a standard tape measure. Anyway, these are well made boots but you need to try them on somewhere and then order from Moosejaw.