I would have to say that these are the lightest boots I have ever had...So for almost the last 18 years give or take. Once sponsored by Vans and still wearing Vans boots I can't remember wearing any other boots by any one else. I still do a lot of hiking and shooting but I will be the first to admit that I want a really, really stiff boot but light because I am getting lazier. These are not stiff like I am used to, but feel as light as my slippers. They are comfortable as all hell and for the first time since the beginning of my snowboarding life (long time) I don't get cramps in my feet at all...Also I really like the X-Men colors!!! I have ridden about 50 days in them so far and they still work fine, stiffness is at about a 5 out of 10 now. Back country boots they are not once broken in. In the park and out in town I still love them!!! I think I want to buy every pair left in my size I can find. Once you find something you love, keep it!!!