In order to rate a shoe, or any piece of equipment, it is important to clarify what you need it for. This light hiking boot is exactly what I need for my profession and fits what I have come to expect in the name, PATAGONIA. I am a combat soldier and an instructor for security related training. I run courses in both wilderness and urban environments. I have 2 pairs of boots for my work: one that must be very robust, durable, with strong ankle support for carrying heavy backpacks and a second that must be light and durable for hard use with no weight on my back allowing me to be quick and agile. This shoe fits my needs perfectly for a light boot. During the first week they pushed uncomfortably on the front of my ankle, however, once worn in, they are my most comfortable shoe. They do not have the problem of being too narrow like most boots. When you're really working hard out in the bush, your feet will swell some and you must have a shoe that will allow for some toe movement. The sole extends up the front to protect the shoe against abrasions that are common across the front of boots. The sole has good traction and the added quality of being constructed from some percent of recycled materials (always nice to know that you're part of the solution). They are very light and fit well. This is not a running shoe, nor was it made to be a running shoe, however, I can walk quietly through the brush because they are snug to my feet and I can feel the ground beneath me. I can burst into a sprint, if need be, unlike a heavy boot that is clunky and awkward for running. I use these shoes hard and I would recommend them to anyone who is working hard, jumping, and climbing on un-even ground.