I just finished hiking in a heavy downpour for almost 5km. It was soggy and muddy, and at times I was stepping in puddles and creeks 4-6 inches deep. Even though I had gaiters on, my socks stayed bone dry. Don't ever stop selling these boots Keen! I will buy these again. I have now hiked close to 40 km in these and they are showing very little in the way of wear.