For around a $150 I would look at the RIde Jackson or K2 Raider. Normaly around $190 you can find them on sale now. They both have heat moldable intuition liners which are killer. Nitro makes an excellent boots as well and they're often overlooked and underated by most.
I had 08/09 Burton hails..they have a huge ankle support and were mainly for carving.
when i was on the prowl for new boots, I saw this yrs Burton Hails and fell in love.
They are muuuchh flexier ( i believe a flex rating of 2 or 3 )
They also have the shrink technology and you really get the feel of the board for freestyle. And yes, i do bomb down the hill with my park board with no issues. These boots are the shit.
It sounds like you know a lot about the Hail line of Burton boots. What do you think of these Hails that I have for my purposes. I plan on just riding the mountain. Maybe some small jumps. But I don't want to risk too much. Are the 2007 Burton Hails appropriate for me? Or are the Rome Smiths just as good for my purposes?
I'd have to disagree, after trying on around 30 boots I found Vans were one of the few boots narrow enough to fit my feet.
Oh, I was referring to the outside of the boot. I should take a picture of them top-down compared with my bro's Salomons (both size 9) and the Vans are considerably wider. My Vans actually fit pretty tight, but the outter portion of the boot is wide, at least for the boots I tried on (Aura, Matlock and another one).