I have them.
I can tell you a few things about them.
Liners suck. The stitching was done by blind 12 yearolds. They ripped apart in fourteen days. The tongues ripped off. Vans customer service SUCKS. Refuse to give me any compensation or replacement parts. I can't go without boots.
I noticed no difference with the stiffness inserts.
The boa ankle strap is great, right? No. It pulls the tongue down into your instep and brutalizes your foot.
Laces are quick to fray.
The liners packed out at least two full sizes. They would probably continue to keep packing out. Unless you have huge calves/shins, this is going to create lots of excess space quickly.
The Velcro strap is great if you put a different liner.
Great width, only boots I found that can accommodate my toe box.
Low profile shell, unless you have over a size twelve boot, stick with medium bindings. As for the guy asking about them with cartels, they have a bit of sloppyness side to side in my large cartels.
The grip pattern on the sole actually makes a difference, they give the best grip on ice out of any boot I have ever owned.
Very cushioned ride without sacrificing response. Dampening is great for flat landings.
Overall, I have a love/hate relationship with them.
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