I'll admit it - I don't hike enough in "real life" to merit serious hiking boots. Also, serious hiking boots are big and heavy, antithetical to my packing philosophy. However, I love Keen boots and shoes and I have an older version of these hiking shoes. They've taken me to Sedona, Tibet and Peru -- I've successfully hiked/trekked in these sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes. I highly recommend Keen shoes and boots of all kinds.