I got a pair of these shoes for hiking and climbing approaches. Slick, slippery trails make me really nervous and I was excited to try a grippier shoe. Really, truly excellent. The tread is amazing, I found myself surprised at all the terrain I could stick to. On only the second time wearing them, I took them on a 9 mile steep hike and the blister-free guarantee, amazingly, holds up. I hiked all day without so much as a hot spot. I was hesitant about the goretex version, but tried it anyway. So glad I did. The shoes stayed dry all the way up the muddy puddly trail up until it rained so hard that it rained into my shoes. Turns out goretex also keeps water in once it's there. Oh well. They fit really well, the lacing lets you cinch in where you need to. I'm normally a 6.5 in women's shoes. For these I got a 6 just because the toebox felt so roomy. All told, really excellent shoe.