I'm using a pair of these as essentially an alpine boot, and I'm pleased with them. Coming at it from an AT skier's perspective, why not use a lighter weight boot than a normal alpine boot, my size 28's weigh exactly the same as my Spirit 3's (ca. 1750 gms), unless you are racing or a total speed freak, the reduced weight and greater comfort makes sense to me. A boot tech told me the flex was 80, not super stiff. They run pretty true to size, as others have said. I have a skinny foot, but these are a lower volume boot than my Spirit 3's, which I have shimmed out (didn't need to shim the Hurricanes). BTW I'm riding BD megs with Jesters under these, and there's no lack of control even with the huge boards. They walk OK considering the cuff has no selectable walk mode, but if you tweak the rake and the canting, walking in these is comfortable enough. One last thing, the rando soles provided as a swap for the DIN soles are OK for AT plate bindings, but you can only safely use the DIN bindings the boots have on them in the box if you are using alpine bindings. My ski tech read me the riot act about this and I had to change back to the DIN soles to stay inside the release spec limits.