These guys are litterally ski boot stiff, ive ridden mine for over a month now and theyre not easing up much at all. If you like to flex your ankles at all avoid! I generally like stiff boots and ive been rocking Vans Fargo Focus for the last 3 seasons and they are vastly superior to these. Better flex patern and more supportive inner sole. Having said that if u just charge big mountains (ie Heli board) and nothing else these would be pretty good and the boa system is as good as it gets. But in future id still go Vans for sure. And if ur anything bellow a size US 10.5 get a medium binding, DF advised me to get larges and theyre far to big.