You should probably go to a shop and try some on / look at the boots side by side.
The lower end DC's might be bulkier I dunno... I tried on the burton imperial, grail, and one other one with "Shrinkage" the boots felt really comfortable, however I didnt notice them being any shorter than the DC's. I prefer dual zone boa to those pull laces or regular laces. I have never tried on a nitro boot or 32 brand.
I tried on a salmon f22 or f20 last year. These are supposed to be some of the least bulky boots out there *i think* They appeared pretty small, however the forefoot was narrow. My forefoot is wider so the boots felt cramped.
The ride insano I tried on was really comfortable and lightweight. It seemed noticeably bulkier than the judge. The length was the same.
The DC judge fit me the best out of the boots I tried on. The heel hold in the judge was noticeably better than all the other boots. It is just as short as these other brands claiming footprint reduction/shrinkage.
Last edited by WVrider84; 07-13-2012 at 12:00 PM.