I tried on my first pair of Kenetrek boots at a sportsman's expo and at the time I wasn't sure about spending the money on boots. After spending the next few seasons buying the "average" boot I realized I should have just invested in the Kenetreks. In the long run you'll save more money by having a boot that will last and give better performance in the field. I bought a few pairs: Hardscrabble Hiker, Hardscrabble Hiker in steel toe for work and the Mountain Extreme 400. I honestly spend the majority of my year in these boots. Focusing on the Mountain Extremes, the 400 gram is just right especially if you plan on putting in some miles. They do tend to have a bit of a break in time so if you're planning a hunting trip, be sure to get some walking in before heading out to the field. I would make sure to try on a pair before ordering, the size you're used to wearing might be slightly different in Kenetreks. The biggest benefit I get from these boots are: great heel/ankle support, I know my feet will be dry, extremely durable and if I want them rebuilt down the road I can send them in for some TLC.