Picked up a new pair of Thor Ratchet boots on the weekend. I did not want to spend mega-bucks so selection was limited. I have not worn them on the bike yet but the buckle mechanism is awesome. I was also looking at AlpineStar Tech 3's but they were a PITA to buckle-up / adjust, plus I've heard the buckles fall apart after five minutes. The Tech 3's were i little wider in the foot but did not come up the leg as high as the Thors. I would have to say that the Tech 3's were more comfortable, but it's all about compromise at the low end of the market. Will let you know how they work out.