well, i;m currently in the position of trying to buy a pair of boots. There is 1 store for my wife and i to get anything that even relates to snowboarding within a 2 hour drive. We tried on boots at the end of our last boarding trip, found ones we liked, and we were going to get them online, since we were about to hop a plane outta there. weeks later i;m on my second pair of the EXACT boots that fit great in the store. the last pair has a pretty bad pressure point that makes them painful in the first couple minutes. long story to say: I'm pretty well set on finding and buying the next pair that fits in person, cuz even the same boots, well, just aren't the same. finding boots online that work have been a really lame crap shoot for us.