the imperial, ion, and the slx, which one shld i get?
Ion: Stiff boot (if you know you want a stiff boot this one is a good choice)
Imperial: Softer than ion (you want a little more flex)
Slx: softer than ion, ultralight hence high price (you really care about weight and not about cost)
Driver X: You are obsessed with stiff boots
People who ride really stiff boots tend to know who they are, and often have really stiff bindings too, and probably stiff charging oriented boards. If that's not you then imperial is a good choice, otherwise ion or driver x for stiffness.
Slx is a specialty for those who will pay up for lightweight and latest tech.
Personally I hate hand lacing, it's a personal preference thing.
As you set your price point remember boots are like gasoline, you buy them, use them up and buy more, they don't last forever. I think 50 to 75 days is the lifespan, curious what others think.