Ill agree with many others here, i went with the kenetreks about 3 years ago and never looked back. Its one of the most important gear investments you can make on a hunt. Mine were well worth the investment after about 50 miles on this years hunt in snow and having to get a 6x6 bull out that was several miles back in. You just cant afford to have wet feet in that situation, or not enough support and twist an ankle with 80+lbs on your back. Keep an eye on midway they run good sales on the kenetreks, i got my 1st pair for 290. Just bought a pair of the 1000's last fall as well, my feet run cold.