I've been looking for one of these from Thorogood for a long time. I love the lace to toe, mini lug vibram, and leather color. Not so sure what the scotchgard protector is exactly. The Weinbrenner Shoe Company makes Thorogood boots and is one of the oldest shoe manufacturers in USA. The price point is really nice also, The Union Boot Pro always has 30% off retail. $167 for a pair of leather American made boots is a home run in my book.