Answer Actually they where little stiff when I first put them on but after breaking them in a little they feel great. I use them for backpacking/hiking but not the casual flat terrain but more rough and rocky terrain. I will say if the terrain is not rocky they may be a little overkill. But personally I love the boots and could not be happier with them.
Answer Mountaineering boots are not designed for use as regular hiking boots, they are designed for more intense or technical hikes, such as going up very high mountains.