Hmm..Maybe I got lucky?
I own the 2012 Boss' which is part of my first setup ever. I'd consider myself an "intermediate beginner" now. I rode the hell out of them 1-1/2 to 2-weeks ago. The only issue I share you some of you is the high-back twisty thing loosening. I noticed it was sideways at the end of a 4-5 hour day. I fell heel-side a lot on a blue trail with ice & very minimal snow coverage with my high backs touching the ground. My high back was still at the setting I had it adjusted them to so no scary problems going downhill. I can't relate to the toe cap as I set mine up over the top, not hugging the toes of my boots. No major problems with with the ratchets. The only times they didn't lock into place is because snow was in them. I would knock them off before heading down hill. They were a pain in the ass to set up but I really like my Rome's.