The DC Phase is a decent beginner boot. DC has a very soft forward flex so it can stoke or bum you out. Usually the more you lean to freestyle side of the mountain the more you will like DC boots. The DC Phase is a great way to avoid smelly rental boots. DC has a great shell but as of late their liners have not been on par with their shell. It can make for a ride that isn’t as comfortable as some boots out there.