Bought a pair of Northwaves 6 years ago and am still rocking them. I have never worn anything else and just recently started looking at new boots. I have since determined that northwaves, or at least mine are super soft compared to current boots. It will be a big adjustment when I finally upgrade. From what I can tell though, they are quite durable, very soft, and just fine in the waterproof/coldproof dept. Probably not the best, but they will suffice if its all you can get.