My first impression of the Ruler was a good one. I enjoyed the easy lacing system however after a few seasons and 8 - 10 days on the mountain the plastic (This could be the problem) lacing loop broke. This of course rendered the $200 boots useless. Burton's response was "We may be able to do a repair after the busy season but it will not be covered under any type of warranty". I own other Burton gear and have had no issue but according to a few of the other reviews looks like the easy lacing system is a bad idea.