stiffies? yes! at least the first day out on them. i was lucky enough to find them on sale for a hundo off retail so i figured why not try em out. the stiffness took a little getting used to, but definitely worth keeping instead of returning (if you're ready for such a boot). this is the first boot i've ever tried with this boa system. not sold on it and would prefer a lace up next boot i purchase. call me old school, but i have to continually tighten each ratchet thing as the day progresses. i might add, this is easy to do so it's not that big of a deal. this boot is the last boot i ride before going to a burton driver, but wanted to try something outside of the box other than burton. from there, it's full on hardboots which i'm not sure i'd like to be stuck on all day. i've had about five days on them at the end of the season during variable spring conditions. typical bulletproof ice coast to mashed potatoes. the boot rode like a straight up and down freecarver the first day out. i thought, shit, i can't tweak out a sweet mute grab or method with these? once i got used to them i was able to find enough maneuverability in the boot to really freeride. i'm not interested in the park so much anymore, but still jib around while fast charging down the hill. the faster the better. the boot handles nicely through "oh shit" rutted chatter just fine. sole has a nice cushion for no worry landings. toe box is not as roomy as the burton boots i've ridden in the past, but just barely enough that i'm ok with it. one major gripe with the boot is the dinky little liner lace lock mechanism. what a pain in the ass it is to loosen this thing at the end of the day! keep your fingernails handy for these. definitely something worth changing for next year on this boot SDS. all and all they're solid boots. they're more of a sixty day boot, not one hundred... for hard charging kill the mountain all day, every day type rider. 100 days sounds better for marketing though. point it.