Before I bought my Beasts, I skied a pair of very high Nordica rear entry boots from 1983 until they broke in 2008. Those rear entry Nordicas were the first comfortable and highly responsive boots I had owned in 16 years. Up to that point I had owned lace boots, no name buckle boots, Raichles, various Nordicas and Dolomites. All were painful and less than responsive. I had owned 7 pairs of boots in 16 years and then had that one pair for 25 years. When I got the Beasts, it took a few days to adjust to them. They are the most comfortable boot I have ever owned. They are just as responsive as the old Nordicas, after two days of relearning. What they will never be is as easy to get on as the old rear entrys. Those boots had one buckle and a velcros strap. I still cannpt believe the Velcro lasted for 25 years, but it did. I also like the higher upper on those boots. But aside from taking an extra minute to get on, these Beasts are a Beauty.