The quality on these boots is truly insane for the price point. Before these, I was wearing a pair of DC Judge's with the dual boa coiler system. I really loved the judges and they are great boots, but when it was time to get some new boots I bought these as they happened to be on sale in my size. I was sort of going out on a limb because since Northwave is Italian based I hadn't had much experience with them in the US. All I have to say though is wow...I just dropped my foot in a land of serious comfort when I put these cats on. The dual zone control over the lacing is great and there are switch like levers on the front of the boot that control the lace locking system. This means similarly to the boa, I can just flip the lever down after a run and instantly be able to walk comfortably in the chalet without even having to roll up my pants. The flex on these is adjustable depending on how tight you rock the upper and I would say it can go from about 5-7 out of 10 depending on how tight you get it. These do fit wide in the bindings and this 7.5 size fits like an 8 which means that it is very snug in my Burton Freestyle bindings. Overall, I cannot really say enough about just how much quality and comfort cushioning is in these boots for the price point. These are insane and the only thing more insane is not trying them out if they are in your size. Get'em!