I am writing this because I think it may save someone's hunt. I purchased a pair of Meindl Canada hunting boots from Cabela's a few seasons back. I used them a week or so every year usually on elk hunts in Colorado. I had gotten good to great service out of them; they had worked as advertised. Until I took them on a caribou hunt in Quebec this August. During the first day I noticed cracking along the mid sole, between the bottom of the leather boot and the vibram out sole. The cracking became severe by the end of the day and small chunks of the mid sole began to fall out and the sole began to spit apart from the boot begining at the back of the heel. In order to continue to hunt I had to bind the sole to the boot using (of course) duct tape and raw hide. I managed to tag out by day four. On day five even the greatness of duct tape could no longer hold the boot together. I had camp shoes but no spare boots as weight was a consideration. I chose these boots over several other pair I own because I thought they were the most versatile and would be "bullet proof". The waking was easy, mostly bogs and rocky stream beds not demanding terrain. These boots had never been dried close to a fire, subjected to harsh chemical, or in any way abused. I have no idea what caused this problem. The weak link in the system seems to be the cushiony material the mid sole is made of-similar to a running shoe mid sole. Fortunately, this situation did not ruin my hunt, but it was pure luck it didn't. Had this been a demanding hunt requiring lots of walking/climbing like sheep hunting it would have been a catastrophe. If you have a pair of these boots check the soles carefully before you bet your hunt on them. I had a spare rifle but not boots. Won't make that mistake again. BTW Cablea's gave me a store credit for the full current price no questions aske. Looks like Lowa's for me.