This is what my customer Nick L. has to say about these:
The shoes are great, they fit as expected and are a noticeable upgrade to the previous pair of Freeriders I had. They're a bit slimmer, lighter, and better looking (style is important to me as a MTBer, and these look sweet) - lace length is perfect and rests on the stitching across the tongue of the shoe, and it really is the sweet spot in the sense that I didn't have to retie them to make it feel more comfortable as I often have to do with other pairs of shoes. They're very rigid, making my feet feel safe in the case of any wrecks, yet flexible as soon as you're on the bike and as expected, give the confidence I expect from a performance mountain biking shoe. Walking around in them is not they're intended use, but they're more than comfortable in that regard as well.
Overall, an excellent shoe that any MTB'r would appreciate. I hope to enjoy them for many seasons to come.