I have used two other boots in the past. My first were K2 clickers that were fine for a beginner and my second which were Ride IO lace up boots. The Ride IO's were a good boot except for constantly getting loose. Once I bought these boots that was a thing of the past. I tightened up these boots with the BOA's and off I went. The fit was exceptional and I felt if I had slippers on. They were that comfortable. No chaffing or painful spots. I highly recommend them.