I have been hunting for a replacement for the pre-2009 Montrail
for over a year now. I've bought dozens of pairs, been through new blisters, new pain points, lost
toe nails, aches and overstretched ligaments from alternatives that had all sorts of issues. I settled for the 2009 Hardrocks, because I couldn't find anything better.Now I have. The AT Plus is near perfect for my needs: ultra lightweight backpacking, solid underfoot support for rocky, high altitude, southern Sierra hikes around 20 miles each day, with roomy, wide toe box, and narrow heel. The only downside is also an upside: the tightly woven upper doesn't breathe as well as the more open mesh of other models, but it keeps out the dust and grime. Staying clean on long backpacking trips is as much a challenge as it is important to prevent abrasion, if you have sensitive skin. Out of the box, they felt great. I used them around the office for a few days and just took them out for a 17+ mile hike/snowshoe where they proved they were good for steep uphills dry, then in snowshoes where they got wet but still didn't hurt, to the final 3 miles of almost
3000 foot drop, where the mid-foot stayed snug without pinching and my toes didn't get trashed. 11 miles of rough terrain, snow and water crossings, awkward angles and no blisters on the obviously soaked skin. Finally! I finally have recovered some faith in Montrail
! And Zappos has been great throughout my ordeal!