I just bought a pair of La Sportiva Glacier Evo hiking boots. I asked for the most durable and supportive boot. I'll use the boots for some hiking, goat hunting, sheep hunting, etc. It looks like a great boot, but the only waterproofing the boot has is the leather. The salesman claimed it would stay waterproof for several months under normal use, but you would want to water proof it every day if using it hard (sheep hunting). All you have to do is use a nikwax type product and it is water proof again. The big question looming in my head is "Should I have bought the gore-tex water proof boot?" I like the boot I bought better, but if my feet get wet it won't be worth a pile of you know what. A guy shopping at this store said he had the same boot I was purchasing and would hike in them all day and stand in cool mountain streams to cool his feet off. Never had them leak once. I suppose this testimonial helped sway me into purchasing these boots. Let me know if you have some experience that will help me out. This is my first pair of mountaineering type boots and I want to get it right for the $$$. I have been wearing Danner hunting boots for the past 15 years, but I need more ankle support.