I always bought merrel chameleon wraps/gortex. But the last pair i got pblow ass, and didnt last long. I might just get the older style, i found them still being sold, but they arent gortex. So i was just going to buy some lame water proofing spray for them. I love the Merrel brand and fit, but like i said, the new version of my fave shoe blows donkey. What else do you guys get? Keep inmind, i dont want a full blown hiking boot, just a hiking shoe type.