For the past 3 seasons, the only boot I continue to purchase is the ThirtyTwo TM-Two model. You can't go wrong with these boots if youre looking for a medium-stiff all-mountain boot. I wouldn't recommend them for a beginner since they are on the stiffer side, you'll lose some control. For all of my snowboarding boots, I tend to size down a half size because they will eventually pack out causing more room in the boot for your foot to move around more. I prefer to have the laces tight but not so much the toe box. So if you're the same way, I found that if you don't tighten the lower toe-box portion of the boot but tighten up the upper part (shaft)of the boot, they are much more comfortable. This probably only applies to me since my feel tend to cramp if the toe-box area is too tight. Another thing I enjoy about these boots are the j-bars! They will come with 3 pairs of j-bars which are used to prevent heel lift once the boot starts to pack out. I highly recommend these boots to anyone with intermediate to advanced experience. They will definitely last if properly cared for!