I needed a pair of hiking boots for a three day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. After trying out several competitors boots at around the same price point, I decided on the Targhee III. I completed the 3-day hike recently and I am very happy with these boots. I was carrying a 35 to 40 pound pack through rocky rooty trails and loved the feel of these boots. I do not care for hiking boots with more rigid soles since I like to have a better feel for the terrain under my feet. The Targhee III's sole gave me that feel without discomfort when walking on more jagged rocks. Perfect boot for me.