Alright, so I'm no expert, but I figured I'd review my 2009 DC Judges.
For starters, my feet are nearly impossible to fit. They are around a US size 8 in length on a good day and as wide as a basketball players size 15 foot. In addition, my feet duck out naturally a great deal, so when on the balls of my feet they tend to pronate (the outside area near the "6th" toe flattens out and gets a lot wider) quite a bit. I tried on almost 20 different pairs of boots and the DC Judges had the best overall feel to me.
As a note, the Judges are advertised as coming with the Command liner, but actually comes with a lower end Delta liner. The Deltas are quite comfy, but lack a couple of minor features that the Command has, most notably the stock footbed. Since I use aftermarket orthotics, I didn't really care about that. Despite this, I contacted DC and they sent me a set of their air bladder Bravo liners that comes in the Allegiance boot. They overnighted them, were quick to respond to email and phone and gave me a direct line to a warranty rep.
I have not tried the Bravo liners so the review below is with the Delta liners.
Retail: $265 US
Paid: $169.95 US
Al's Sporting Goods
Impression on construction quality
Good quality overall. The stitching is solid, but it isn't as "clean" looking as it could be. I have read about killclimbz experience with blowing the stitching on a top-of-the-line DC Status boot, so I'm gonna keep a close eye on my Judges. On close inspection I was able to find one thread that seems to have left it's home (not in its hole) near where the tongue meets the toe area. This spot I am going to be paying especially close attention to, but otherwise everything is solid.
Since I contacted DC about the liners, as mentioned above, I thought I'd post that their warranty department is top notch. They promptly replied to my e-mails, gave me a direct number to reach a warranty rep and used overnight shipping. A+++ here for sure.
Ride & BOA
The boots didn't soften up much as far as flex goes. While DC rates the Judge as being moderate in stiffness, I'd say that it was more like moderately stiff. This is a good thing for me, but is something to keep in mind. The BOA Focus is awesome and allowed the boot to fit my funky feet really well. The soles grip snow and ice like a champ. The boots are also quite warm. The liner itself is of decent quality, though not the best I've seen. The Bravo liners are a lot better.
The ankle brace inside the boots was very effective in holding my foot in place and tightening the liner evenly. It's basically a sleeve attached to the inside of the boot that wraps around the liner and pulls it closed, also locking the liner down inside the boot. I really liked this feature of the boots.
Very good boot. I'm keeping an eye on the stitching based on hearsay and the one thread I mentioned, but overall everything is solid. The boots are comfortable and fit me well. I don't think these would be good for someone with narrow feet, though they would definitely be worth trying. How is the value? At $264 they would be of "ok" value (most stuff at full retail usually is "ok" to me); at $169.95 I feel like I got an excellent deal.