This is the second pair of Malamutes I've owned and they are the best boots I have ever owned based on performance. They are stiff and very responsive and best suit a rider that does everything (freeride/freestyle). They break-in very well and are comfortable. The only problem I had with my first pair was that they fell apart by the end of the season. The laces broke in several places. This was after riding and working in them everyday for 5.5 months.