Stiffer stronger and better made. Danny had a noodle boot and this is for someone who likes more support and to go big. The Van’s Wiig Boot will work well anywhere on the mountain and there is still something to be said about traditional lace Van’s boots. They have a pressure free forward flex and this boot has little to no heel lift. The sole can also handle alot of shock absorption. There is nothing fancy here. No ankle articulation or any real fancy tech to speak of but it just fits very well and comfort is the most important part when it comes to a boot. The only issue is that it’s never fun getting that correct fit when using Traditional laces. The biggest issue is the very soft toe. This can really suck if you ride with over the toe straps because the boot just collapses, makes you crank it down more and cause pressure on your toes. It can also be tough on bindings because you have to crank the toe down so much. We do love the addition of the flex control system that is also in the Cirro that allows you to adjust more than just the forward flex.