I have to come to this realization. Im planning a hiking trip. Last time I went it went horribly. Mostly because of too much and too heavy of a pack and gear. 10 years ago I was able to pick up a $60 pair of Nike hiking boots stuff 60lbs of crap in a bag and hit the trail. Those days are over. So Ive lightened my pack way down, way BUT if found my footwear inadequate. Recommend me some light stiff probably gore-tex mid-length hiker boot that is good for 5 days on trail in the Smokeys (hard/soft pack trail, loamy trail and some rocky terrain) under $200. If it helps Im going to REI and Im looking in the Asolo and Vesques(sp) direction.