Within two weeks of receiving this boot the lace rivet popped through the boot and was not repairable. I have had other pairs of North Face boots and found them to be high quality, so this could be a manufacturing defect and not an overall indicator of the quality of the boot. These boots were comfortable and warm while they lasted.
This is a light, fast board for powder and rides well on fresh groom as well. It is lightning quick on turns and performs beyond expectation in trees and tight spots. Setting the bindings way back on the board creates an unrivaled surf experience. It floats like a magic carpet in deep powder.
It's not a great board for early or late season as it has a soft base and dents and scratches very easily. I definitely have a core shot and had the die cut chip through to the base in the first week (right along the lines of the design, no less). The taper tail can be unsteady on hardpack and in icy conditions. This is a board for an experienced rider who wants to play in the powder and knows how to avoid the rocks and logs.
This board is as-advertised, brahs. When the shibby pow is up to yer ears, this is your log. Lay back and shred the pillow line, or attack the mogg-ules. This deck is lighter than air, snappy on chops, and ridunculous sexy. Stable enough for the grom slalom, too. I highly recommend it for epic days.