I love to backpack, and have worn many different brands. This is my first pair of Lowa's, and it will definitely not be my last. While I have yet to test the waterproofness of the boots, I can speak for the comfort. These are by far the most comfortable boots that I have ever worn. The sizing feels snug, but that's desirable in a pair of hiking boots. I can't wait to break these boots in. Also, Moosejaw has the lowest price on these boots.