I upgraded from old Burton Ruler boots because I mostly wanted boots that matched my new board (Flow Drifter) and I wanted the convenience of the Boa lacing system. I was surprised by how much lighter they were than my old boots, and I found the boa system to be easy to work with. The style is really plain, so if they were a little more stylish I would ha e given them a higher score. The fit was good and so far I have no complaints. I think these are good for an intermediate rider, buy a more advanced rider may want a more customizable fit.