For Early-Mid Season a3dhunter did a good review on 2 boots that are good and won't blow your wallet. I have the Asolo Saaslong as my backups and they are quite capable. You can find great deals on Asolo at Sierra Trading Post and good deals on Lowa at shoebuy.com. Make sure you use a coupon code on top of the exisiting site price.
Don't know what your budget is but don't skimp on quality for your feet. There are deals to be had you just gotta look and be ready to jump on them.
Lowa, Kenetrek, Schnee's, Hanwag, Crispi are all respected names in boots as well.
How much are you willing to spend would be my first question? Give us a budget to work with and we can go from there, lots of guys on here get great coupon deals for Sierra Trading Post. I just got into a pair of Asolo Sasslongs all said and done for $152.00, and I really like them.
There are used deals out there, what size are you? Somebody may have a pair in their closet that didn't quite fit right that may be right for you.
I just got a pair of Danner Pronghorns from Lathrop and Sons with the synergy footbeds for a pretty good price. They have been a great boot for me, and very comfortable with the synergy footbeds. I would defiantly recommend getting some after market footbeds for any boot you get, I think that has made the big difference. Good luck to you in your search.
My Sasslongs were with the 35% off, the shipping stunk but oh well. It was a great deal, and I love them. I sold off my older Meindl Alaska Hiker's because of them. I have about 20 miles on them so far and they are very comfortable and the break in has been relatively painless.
I have a pair of Asolo that I have worn almost every day for three years. Best boots I've ever owned. I forget the model but its the non-gortex leather version that was about $210 when I got them. I don't think they make them without gortex now. I have a new pair of Asolo of lighter weight nylon construction but I don't have a lot of time in them. Got those from Sierra Trading post. Spend as much as you can on good boots. If your feet ain't happy you ain't happy, and not going very far.