I am a noob I tried on a few different boots, tributes felt great, they fit good, fair price. To me the 09 Tributes look very similar to the 08 im not sur what the difference is. I figured since its was my first time buying gear I would use these boots for the first year until I learned more about the sport and how I ride. I got the boots from Zappos, free overnight shipping and free returned shipping. I orded 3 different sizes so I could walk around the house with them on to make sure I picked the right size, and sent back the other two.