I'm an east coaster. I have the 2016 version of these, which, aside from the orange accents look exactly the same, so I'm not sure what the "deep dive" redesign refers to... anyways, that's not my point!
I ride these from fall through spring. they deal quite well with wetness. and indeed, I ride with pants that cover the cuff, which helps with water running down the leg.
I even use these fatbiking. My personal experience is that they are good down to about -16°C (3°F). I've put some of the (expensive) 45Nrth insoles, but didn't find it made a huge difference. Below those temps, I'll throw flats and use my Sorel's.
I use them with Time MX pedals. I've had no issues with cleat channels as mentionned in the review.
I'm into my second year with them, and they are showing very little signs of wear. I've used them for two "muddy seasons" (@ 2 rides/week, with +/- 2 months of fall riding, this is 16 rides) and 1.5 winters (winters cause little to no wear on the shoe, winter out here being snowy)
Also, for reference, I usually wear a 43.5-wide in Specialized shoes. These don't (didn't?) come in half sizes. They are offered in the "wide" last only. I bought them in 44, and they fit great with winter-weight socks and a silk-weight liner.
Overall, I am very happy with them. I find them warm, rugged, and versatile.