These boots are excellent. I ride in the Bozeman, MT area mostly, and in my last few pairs of boots, I would get sore feet after a hard day of riding, but on in these. These have great foot support and they lace as tight as you want them. The external lacing system is near flawless. The cord is tough and will stand up to your hardest pulls to get the tightness you want, and the lace lock off is perfect and will not slip. That said, the reason I only rated these near perfect boots is the lacing system on the liner, specifically the lock off part. The laces will pull really tight, but what takes the longest to do when putting these boots on is getting the cord to lock off! To be fair, one of the boots locks off really well, but the other boot is a struggle to get the cord to seat properly and lock off, usually requiring me to push it in.Other than that, I will definitely be sticking with Salomons!