mt thread might be a little late but oh well. If your buying boots get whites. I have the lace to toe and the jumpers. Get the jumpers. they are more comfy but they get beat up easier. And you better get in good shape. My engine runs and hikes and alternate days. runs are from 3-6 miles all but one with elevation. Just work on your endurance and you be fine. Running and hiking for endurance is the most important thing. I work for the F.S. out here and if you have in Q's lte me know.