I've worn these for over a year for regular hikes in rocky terrain. They provide great support and have sturdy soles, and at the same time are light and breathable. After a year they show little wear and no deterioration. I haven't worn them in wet conditions, but in the desert they are ideal for sandy and rocky areas, scrambling over boulders and walking on arroyos. Many times I've returned home to find these boots have protected me from cholla cactus balls, a common hazard in the Mojave, and I carefully pull out the needles, glad that they never penetrate the upper to get to my feet. These are the most reliable and most guilt-free hiking boots I've ever owned.