On the hails I'm wearing now, they did not feel right at first--too tight and my heels were not sitting right. I put in some replacement insoles and cranked the boots down as tight as I could stand the first few times I rode in them. They fit great now and I don't have to hardly crank them down much at all. I don't get heel lift. I have the same liners as you but different lacing. Maybe you did not crank them down tight enough at first and they packed out wrong. J-bars should work like others suggested. Burton doesn't send them with any of the boots anymore.
I bought my nephew a set with the speedzone laces like the ambush, I hope he doesn't have issues also.
Last edited by vajohn; 02-02-2014 at 06:50 AM.