Simply Impressive. I used this shoe to walk to and from campus everyday during the winter/fall/spring/summer seasons. Some would call that year round. I would use this shoe heavily in the winter months due to the snow. In hindsight, I really enjoyed the Goretex technology. The Goretex kept my feet from getting wet even standing an inches of snow. Also, the Merrell brand has several styles that possess the Vibram sole. If anyone is looking for a heavy duty sole, any shoe with the Vibram sole will be im excellent hands. My shoes are now going on 4 years old, and the sole still have fairly good tread on it. If I had to think of a negative quality, I think it would be the rubber cover along the toe. This tended to peel off after a while; however, it has not ripped completely off. Overall, I would definitely recommend not only this particular style but any Merrell style with either the Vibram sole and/or the Goretex lining. You might spend a pretty penny, but you get what you paid for.
By -A from West Bend