I have had Burton Ions, Rulers, and now have an older pair of lace up Driver X boots. The Ions were the shit. Good stiff comfy boot and lasted 3 hard seasons. The Rulers (1 step above motos I believe) were complete garbage. The speedlace system broke just putting them on in my living room and fell completely apart within 2 months of riding regularily. My Driver X's are great boots but a different animal than the new ones. I also have a pair of Salamon Dialougue's that have the same lacing system as the malamutes. Quality system for sure, warmer boots too. I would try on both sets of boots and pick the one that fits your foot better. For me Burtons fit best and I cant stand Burton as a company lol. They just so happen to make boots for my foot. Burton has decent boots but you have to get up in the $$$$ range to get anything worth a shit.
When the fuck did we get ice cream?