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appreciate the suggestions. I am going to obviously go to MEC and Out THere to try a bunch of boots for best fit, but did want to get some suggestions on durability. From the few I tried before I settled on the Montrail was that you actually need to a few hikes with a heavy load, before you can decide. That's why I'm really looking for more info on how comfortable some choices are over the long haul.
I've tried to stay away from the trail runner type lighter boots. They are more comfortable in the store, but after a few heavy hikes, I find they don't have much support.
Last time I was in MEC they suggested Zamberlan, Scarpa, Asolo and Mammut - which were pretty much the models they had at the time. Anyone have any exprience with Ecco - I really like their dress shoes, which is what I wear at the office. Not sure about their hiking boots though.