Re: A question about New Rock Boots...
Snow...well...they say the reactor sole is suited for it...but it depends. Snowy, crunchy snow is fine. Ice is not. Like with pretty much all other shoes, on compacted ice, you will slide ; _ ; But I've never had a problem in snow in my New Rocks.
Rain etc, also all fine. And as Wolfie said, you can overstep in them. I used to scuff the bottoms a bit because I wasn't used to the weight, but I don't do it at all now. I'm sure if my current pair do need replacing at some point, the transition to a new pair will be smooth.
Mine are coming up to 5 years now. The patches have extended their life, but I can see more signs of wear. I wouldn't be surprised if I need to buy a new pair next year, but being as I wear these boots so much, it doesn't suprise me at all. Makes me a tad sad though, I've grown rather attached to them and I'm not sure I'll be able to let go easily!
I'll probably buy the same type again...they're just me
It goes without saying that plates will probably break if you're going to be daft enough to kick hard objects with them ie: trees. They are made for decoration and while they are very strong and sturdy, they weren't made for felling timber. But if they do break, New Rock will replace them for you. They sent me an entire set for free after a heel plate snapped. I think it was a fluke though because the other plates have been fine. I may never need the other plates, but I'll keep hold of them anyway.