Title line says it all. I don't know if anything else was on sale.
I have backpacked about 1000 miles of the AT in this boot. My second pair will wear out this year so I grabbed the third pair on sale.
They are slightly heavy, in my opinion. I need an insole in them. Just bought superfeet, which feel great to me already. Eventually, I may experiment with other, lighter, footgear, but these work well for me. I am thru-hiking the AT this year, and I don't want to change boots in midstream. I'll break in the second pair this month so they are ready to go if I need them.
In 2008 I switched to a new pair halfway through a 500- mile hike and only got one blister on my heel. I wasn't careful enough.
The first pair started to break down on the inside - mostly at the heel. I think maybe a better insole will help with that. I got 600 AT miles out of the first pair. That seems low, but I probably swapped them out before I had to. I'm pretty fussy about my feet being comfortable.
I can't really compare to any other boots. I loved my Chaco's but I don't think they make them anymore. I need a wide toe box and the Montrails are good for that. I put tape around my little toe and sometimes on my heel and otherwise no problems.
I lace them in an alternate way, skipping some crosses, to deal with what they call a "high volume" foot, I think. High arches and high on the top of the foot.
Hope that's helpful.