I've praised these shoes before on this site.
These aren't even my preferred shoes, and yet, through this last winter of mostly California desert and LA local hills backpacking/hiking, I keep reaching for them first. Extensive sand/gravel in desert washes posed no challenge for these, with a low gaiter. Heavy, cold, albeit brief rain in Joshua Tree soaked the uppers, but my feet remained very dry and comfortable.
I've come to think of these as pretty much the ideal southern California winter backpacking/hiking shoe, where there is the possibility of some rain, but mostly, it's cool and dry, verging on cold, with nights hovering around freezing in the deserts. I've never really used them in truly warm weather, so perhaps they would get a little sauna-like, but for cooler, drier conditions, they're great.
On desert off-trail scrambles, the stiffness is a plus. I've done plenty of class 3 in these, and they work okay, although there's definitely too much deflection in the sole. But, that's no fault of the shoe; in that regard, it's wrong tool for the job. The onus is on the wearer to pick good lines and use good foot placement.
Too, the cheese-grater rock of Joshua Tree is certainly chewing these up, but not as quickly as I expected.
Personally, for the conditions I use these in, as stated above, I'd consider them highly recommended. YMwillcertainlyV.