Initially I had a choice of Salomom Malamute or Burton Driver X. Both are really good, and hard enough. But when I tried this one - I loved it! Burton is not really for me,do not fits - if you feel the same you shall try Cirro. Just a bit softer but really fits my foot. BOA makes this bit more expensive but it much easy and comfortable to use. Yes it is expensive - but it is a reasonable cost for me.