Hey again, I just got rid of my imperials for some K2 ufo's. I loved the imperials for how stiff they were and how easy the laces are to use. The only problem I had with them was I have narrow feet so I had some lift issues and some pinching in the toes that killed by the end of the day with how tight I like my boots. I love the ufo's stiff like the imperials and ions but the boa for the inside liner really holds my foot and heel down. The reduced footprint is also nice once you get over size 11, but being a size 10 it killed me with all my bindings being large. If you love your hail's and jsut want something stiffer go for the ions or imperials only difference is the ions has a better liner. Good luck finding them local, I will look for a place in DC when I am out today.