I have to say, these are by far the best boots I have tried, and I have been through quite a few (Vans World Travelers, Burton Ions, Salomon F24s, Thirty-Two TM-Twos) to say the least. If you are like me and have narrow feet and/or get quite a lot of heel rise, these babies should Help out! The Inner Booty pump (Alpha Liner) on the side really helps secure your heel to the bottom of the boot and has really minimized my Heel Rise in comparison to other top brands. I usually Pump these about 7-8 times since I have narrow, boney feet, so I use just about the max amount you can inflate them. Funny thing though, These were the boots I was going to buy from the start of last Season, and the Service representatives here all told me not to because they are Not a good sturdy durable Boot; Sucks to say, I tried all those listed above and guess what I ended up with? The Boots they told me were no good, and I LOVE them! BOA makes lacing a breeze, and I can loosen and tighten on the go, No Problems. The durability on these are not too bad since I boarded every weekend last season since Sierra Summit was open In CA, and they have just normal wear and tear on them. I was going to try the ThirtyTwo Lashed boots, but last year they were sold out. If you don't like the price of these try those out for Size. Only 4 out of 5 for these since I still get a minimal amount of Heel lift, but by far way less than any other boot I've tried.