I had the 2009 Synapse and needed a new pair. This 2012/13 model is great so far with 1 day out. They are stiffer than my old ones. Just a hair less comfy but picked up additional response. Took about half a day but by midday they were feeling great. If you are looking for a new responsive boot and have narrow feet then don't be afraid to pull the trigger on the synapse. As a side note - the description is wrong. They do not come with removable j-bars or removable ankle inserts. Great high end boot though as they satisfy this picky rider.