David I and recently took a backpacking trip and in the process tested some gear. We wore Bear Grylls pants from Craighoppers. Our footwear was Merrell Moab mid hiking boots. The pants and boots performed very well and were comfortable. This is our second trip to this area as well as many in between but this area is more rugged with boulder fields and rough trails. When it comes to outdoor gear remember to think about your clothing as well.