I have had boot pain since I began snowboarding 11 years ago, crippling, tear spilling boot pain. Across my veins in my feet and in my calves. I searched many brands and styles of snow board boots. I found these Northwave boots in a snowboard store that was going out of business. they are the most plush and comfortable thing I have ever stepped into for Winter Sports. I realize that everyone;s feet are different but these do NOT cut you across the top of the foot's arch where your laces would be the tightest if you are going to strap down hard. This boot is very lightweight yet warm as toast. The pull one string tightening system for the inner liner works wonderfully. I am FINALLY happy in my snowboard boots. Give these a whirl if you are trying to find comfort! Don't let the price fool you, THEY ROCK!