What mountain boots do you have and would you recommend?A year and a half ago I banged up my achilles pretty bad where it meets my heel, playing old man softball. It still bothers me, and my foot takes a beating if I wear rubber boots, especially if I'm side-hilling or climbing mountains. This year I wore more of a mountain boot for support and might not ever go back to rubber boots again, and my feet will probably thank me. I wore a pair of quiet gators as well and those definitely save me in some wet areas!
The hard soles of leather boots might be a little less quiet in the woods, but I think it's worth it if you plan on climbing or putting on a lot of miles in mountainous terrain.