I got last years custom ics, love it. rocker just isnt for me. as for boots i dont have any experience with dc boots, but I have the burton ozones and they are sick. sow comfortable, light, and they have a smaller footprint (good for me, size 14 feet). Yes they have the speed laces, but its the upgraded version, i like em so thats my recommendation. If you insist on regular laces I'd check out the 32 lashed or ride deuce. also have you looked into boots with boa?