I have to say that I have yet to put on a pair of Salomon boots and be disappointed. I recently did a 18 mile movement through broken terrain as part of a timed land navigation exercise carrying 35 pounds worth of gear on my person. At the end of it, the only things that weren't broken down were my feet. I've worth Lowa and Merrell hiking boots before and these just simply blow them all out of the water. I can't say enough good things about them.