very detailed review indeed. I have the exact same pair...also purchased from backcountry/dogfunk. I like the construction of the boot a lot, but i find the liner to be lacking for me. The stitching lines near the toe box really irritated my big toe. They seem to have fixed this for the 2010 models. I have since swapped out the Nitro liners and put my old Ride Intuition liners in instead...hah. The liners are a lot more comfortable on my toes...but the heel hold is worse. Ugh. I'm in the process of trying to add some J bars or something..