After getting back into skiing after a 14 year hiatus/love affair with snowboarding, I picked up these boots. Boot fitting is very subjective but for me with thin narrow feet, these fit perfectly prior to heat molding.
The Good: light weight, vibram soles, exchangeable soles, intuition liner (hello?!), fit, rigidity, walk/tour mode, and warm. Unbuckle these during touring and they feel like supportive slippers! Ski mode- great all mountain feel; capable of SL, GS, hop turns etc. Haven't been cold in -10 F and never have had clammy swamp feet after 30 non-stop runs, and I run hot.
The Bad: a little movement in the upper section of the boot in ski mode, creaky tour/walk mode. Toe buckle is almost useless.
Overall: One of the best AT/tech boots I have tried on and used. Walk mode seemed better and more silent in some Black Diamond AT boots, but fit was better in the Freedom SL. The bang for the buck is the included custom intuition liner. If I had to buy intuition's for another similar boot, it would have ended up costing more than just going with the Freedom SL. I feel like this is a great hybrid touring/all mountain/race boot that is great to ski, hike, and tour in. They're so comfortable that I don't get that "ahhhh" feeling when taking them off!