When I first considered the KEEN Targhee II, I was skeptical the boots would perform as well as the Scarpas and La Sportivas I'd turned to for multi-day backpacking trips for years. Frankly, the KEENs blew those out of the water as far as comfort goes, and were totally comparable in terms of support, traction and waterproof protection. These boots felt like slippers from the moment I laced them up, but supported and protected my feet and ankles over hundreds of rocky, rooty and wet miles. My one complaint is that the soles have started to delaminate, but I'm super-gluing them on to help solve the problem. But that's it; Everything else is golden. For me, big, bulky, stiff, blister-causing boots are a thing of the past -- thank God. I'll be turning to KEEN from now on.