I've had these boots (an older version) for over 4 years now - that's decades in the life of snowboarding boots! I've averaged about 25 days per season - so that's a decent amount of use. They fit great, keep my toes warm, and haven't broken down in the ankle yet! I usually wear a size 9, but I probably could have gotten away with the 8.5. The last boots I had (Burtons) were SO uncomfortable that I tried to go too safe and get a half size up. Never the less, I LOVE these boots. They've never let me down.