I was really excited to try these boots. When I first pulled them out of the box, I was really impressed with the look of the boot. I had been wanting a true old school mx boot. I tried them on and they fit great. However, there was not enough padding in the shin area. Axo put enough up top, but they made the hard inner guard too short. Then I took a good look at the buckles and straps and I was very disappointed. The leather straps do not seem thick enough to last and the buckles look and feel cheaply made. I ended up sending the boot back because I felt it wasn't going to hold up over time. It's a shame the buckles and straps aren't heavy duty enough, especially for this price point.