User Review: Merrell Men's Switchback Gore-Tex
Use: dayhikes, rough trail, backpacking
Break-in Period: 10-15 miles of easy hiking
Price Paid: $150
These boots by far are one of the most comfortable hiking boots that I have ever worn. When these boots are on your feet you can traverse any trail in confidence. I don't think that you have to get the Gore-tex version. I am sure that the leather version is more than suitable.
My one problem with these boots, I have flat feet and these boots lack proper arch support. This is a relativly easy problem to fix just a Dr. Scholls insert and they are perfect. Otherwise break-in period was only about 10-15 miles of easy trail hiking and they fit like a glove.