Great pair for a beginner and you can't bet the price. First time I tried these one they were the worst fitting pair I have tried; user error. After adequately loosening the lace and fit with snowboard sock they were great. Dislike the fact that there is no lace hole on the ankle section, that would make them pretty snug. Having difficulties tightening the lower zone, again that angle lacing hole would really help. However, for a beginner those same deficiency will prevent you from getting sprain or broken ankle on a bad spill. All that said, they keep my feet warm every on the closets days. So far, we've had -12 to -24 degree and I didn't have to worry about feet getting cold once. Again for the price, these are great boots for beginners on a budget.