And in many cases that construction type results in a very "traditional"-style boot. Exhibit A would be the Montrail Moraine ($235; www.montrail.com), an extremely rugged backpacking boot that is perfectly suitable for fairly ambitious mountaineering. It's pretty much the gold standard in heavyweight boots these days.
One thing I'm not sure of is how the tongue design on these boots compares with that used in the Dunham. You'd need to look at a few and see if they suit you. Certainly, how the tongue hits your foot can make a big difference in terms of comfort.
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