I have the 2009 Ride Anthems and I really don't like the lacing system. The entire upper area is secured with just one crossing of the lace and it would come loose on me. They are getting replaced by Salomon F20's this year. I've had two pairs of inline skates where the top strap was velcro and I never had them loosen on me while skating. Go for the Strapper Keepers out of your two choices.