These boots are perfect for both the beginner backcountry explorer and the expert a-like. I am a ski patroller in Vermont and used these boots for a season. They are comfortable to stand and walk in while on duty, had great control while skiing, and were easy to use while hiking. I absolutely loved these boots and there is nothing wrong with them, I just want to order them in the next size up since I prdered them a bit tight. They come with replaceable foot soles with Grip Walk, and a new pair of SuperFeet insoles.