I bought these boots to hike the Israel National Trail (942km). I completed 600km over Spring/early summer, and rain was not really an issue but it does seems to be a problem from other reviews which I shall bear in mind. However, I found these boots by far the best, most comfortable and supportive boot I have ever worn. Even after 23km in high temperatures and over rough ground, I didn't feel any need to rip the boots off my feet as soon as I reached the end of the trail - which I have needed to do with every pair I've ever worn (Scarpa leathers, Kayland Event and others forgotten).
I believe I was well fitted in Edinburgh, at 7.5 and I vascillated back and forth whether to go for 8's, but decided to stick to a well fitting boot for a change as they were so roomy around my tender toes area. Within the UK, I could wear my bespoke orthopedic insoles, supporting a metatarsal issue, weak ankles with a damaged ligament and flat feet, with medium weight hiking socks without problems. I was advised, after a really painful achilles issue on my first hike, that my insoles were just short of the end of the boot, and these few millimeters were sufficient to cause the problem. Incredulous, I tested the claim with a second pair of my insoles that fitted exactly and hey-presto, no further problem. Thanks very much for the advice of an excellent fitter.
However, in Israel, I immediately had to abandon my special insoles which took up just a tad too much volume, as my feet swelled so much in those temps (I'm used to the Highlands of Scotland) that I developed blisters. I also needed to wear the thinnest cool hiking socks I could buy. So now I'm going to buy a size 8.
My point is, your insoles have to be a tight fit and you must bear in mind the extra volume they take up when buying these boots; they fit so well around the heel and instep that they are rather unforgiving if these factors aren't just right.
The main positive was the superb shock absorbing and heel/ankle fit and support. Despite the lack of my orthopedic insoles, I hiked day after day with no damage to my feet or knees.
And the boots look good as new - just a little loosening of the trim on one spot on one heel. I'll keep these as a back-ups and for Scottish hill-walking (after some waterproofing as a precaution) and take my new roomier pair to the Andes.