Thanks for the replies guys, lots of good info.
I feel that I'm leaning towards a Nike boot. Have checked a local shop, which carries them but didn't have my size in stock .. but have since put in an order which should contain a size that will fit me.
I've seen alot of good deals online, but like you guys said .. I have fought off the temptation to buy because of price. I would rather take the time, try on a few different pair .. and be comfortable on the hill, instead of having sore/numb feet and be miserable.
I too, am a little nervous of the fast lacing systems. I just want to find a comfortable boot, which is middle range as stiffness goes with a traditional lacing system. I think the nike vapen will give me just that?