My first boots too.
Very comfortable, but yeah, i've had the same problem with loosening up as mentioned above. I have other boots. Want to repair those and give to one of my friends or maybe I will sell to somebody, who is begginer and don't want to invest a lot.
Probably I will buy simple shoelace, make about 6 holes and use it without speed lacing. I will figure it out later.
Burton Fix 155 '09 + Burton Cartel EST '09