I've had these boots for a couple of years running now, and despite trying other brands when It's time to get new ones, I keep coming back to these.
-Fit is true to Size.
-Ankle hold is great
-Air bags work! Boot is very cush
-Very compact footprint.
-The speedlaces still get a little tangled up when you let them do their thing, but Because of the fit and lockdown, I can take the trade off.
- I'd also rather have a velcro tongue straightener like on the teams rather than that strappy thing, it doesnt seem to do much to adjust boot flex and is one more thing to get out of the way.
What's better than previous years:
-Overall build quality feels better.
-TLS seems to lock more securely than previous years, and the liner really feels great when you cinch it up.
IMO, Flex is probably a 7/10 without the stiffeners. Id say the stiffest boot I've tried lately is the blauvelt. I'd call that a 9. I
I think this boot fits someone with an narrower ankle and a normal width foot. My friend who has flippers for feet said this boot was "obviously designed for a different person" and preferred DC, which are wider.
These don't usually pack out much.. I made the mistake of going a half size too small and lost two big toenails for my troubles. We'll see if the new liner makes a difference this year.