I've been wearing Merrill Moab mid-ankle Goretex boots for the last two years both as winter shoes and as hiking shoes. I am as impressed with these as any boot I've ever worn. Whether they're suitable for all sorts of adventure travel, I can't say but what I can say is they are about perfect for my needs (SAR, desert and forest hiking, winter, rain, general all-around shoes).
He said they had thought about improving the materials so they didn't crap out after a year, but the idea of selling people new boots every year just made more sense - for them.
This is why I gave Zamberlan's $500 boots the value award in OJ a few years ago. One pair of boots that will without question, last 20 years. In 20 years, that works out to $3000 spent on Merrell Moab Mids that poop out every twelve months.