comfortable boots, easy to get into. they seem to run a little larger than my other boots though. i've always worn 10 in forum and burton boots and got 28 mondo. prob could size down half a size or a whole size.
the laces appear to be for show. A cord tightens the lower boot. Velcro stays stronger than regular laces, which will loosen throughout the day. As for the straps' durability, i don't know. edit: i've now ridden these boots 100+ days and the straps definitely hold up. awesome boots.
These boots are very light, easy to put on and take off, i like the lacing system, and they are fairly comfortable to walk around in. The sole, however, is very very slick. not good for skating or hiking. I get better traction in my sneakers. Also this might be just my monitor, but the colors are brighter than they looked on my screen, especially the darker looking green.
so i'm not sure if this is the fault of the board or my bindings, but i have ride bindings and the screws are definitely too long. I'm gonna just grind em down i guess.also the nose of the board started to delaminate after a few runs. Also I cracked the sidewall and core, causing the base to peel off the edge. I did that on two separate occasions. i'll be sending it back and i'll try one more time.edit:i got a replacement for the delamming board, and the new one seems up to the task so far. Nice and soft and fun and i like the reg camber for cruising groomers. I've had Ride and K2 bindings on it so far and both came with screws that were too long. I went to a shop and had them grind down my screws until they no longer bottomed out. the stepchild rep told me union and burton screws should be the right size but i haven't checked it out myself.
edit #2: i just broke the board again in the same way- sidewall, core, bent edge, separating base. i brought it to a shop and the guy had just fixed another board with the same damage and said it was due to a hard landing or nose or tail heavy landing and the board just cracks right next to the binding. looks like this thing really isnt very durable. if it's a park board it should be able to stand up to a few flat landings.