I absolutely love this shoe! I have many miles on it's predecessor, the Trek Ascent. This takes it a step further with some welcome refinements. The traditional shoe laces make it seem more like a sneaker and can easily be replaced. The higher ankle keeps more debris out and when worn with gaiters nothing gets in. The thinner material between the toes makes them easier to put on and more comfortable to wear. The mega-grip sole is as good as anything out there for wet rocks. The sizing is the same as the Trek Ascent. In addition to hiking I now use these for work and casual activities. They have strengthened my feet and calves. They also help to prevent knee injuries if a forefoot strike is used when running. I highly recommend!!!