If you are unsure about the Hardrocks, you might take a look at its big brother, the Montrail Namche. I've been using them most of this spring on training hikes of up to 18 miles with a 25 # load and have been very impressed with their performance. They've saved me on a couple of ankle rolls by stopping the roll before it went far enough over to
cause any ligament damage. They are basically a Hardrock with more ankle support at a weight penalty of ~1.5-2 0z/shoe. I basically agree with everything Kevin Davis mentioned in his review of the shoes in the gear review section. I feel confident enough about them to use them for a JMT thru-hike this summer as well as my usual on/off trail ventures in the southern Sierra in the fall. If you have access to an REI, you might want to give 'em a try. If they aren't your cuppa tea, you can return them, no questions asked. Best of luck.