They look impressive out of the box. The rubber is extremely sticky and the fast lace system is awesome. Much better than conventional lace. My only issue is that the laces are a little too short. Although on hindsight, since they didn't fit me at all, maybe it was just because i had too much feet in them.
I went one size down because that was what is recommended on forums. Some people even go two sizes down. My left foot fit okay in the shoes. They were not comfortable but they were alright. I couldn't get my right heel into the shoe at all. However, we need to consider the fact that my right foot is about 0.5 -1 size bigger than my left foot.
When I got my left foot in, I could instantly appreciate what people meant by how the shoe's heel cup just sucks your heel right into the shoe. It fits like a dream around your heel. The toes of my left foot were fitting well in the toe box. My real issue was with my achilles. Just sliding the shoe on literally scraped the skin off the top of my heel area. It was extremely painful. Wearing it was extremely tortuous too. I tried to stretch out the shoe with some stuffed towels and a hair dryer and it made it a little more tolerable. However, even after vigorous stretching with towels and some heat, my right shoe just wouldn't let my right foot in without cleaning off the skin from the top of the heel. My toes were smashed in extremely uncomfortably. Unlike on the left where they were curled in a painful but snug manner. After getting my right foot in, I couldn't stand up in it without it making my eyes want to tear. And after about 5 minutes of wearing it, my toes got numb from the lack of blood circulation.
Hence, I realize, with a great deal of disappointment that I have to return the shoes. So I dropped them off at UPS this morning. Backcountry.com guarantees returns as long as you keep the tag. The only issue is that they will charge you 7 dollars for shipping the return back to them. That's not too bad in my opinion. Amazon is still the best but i can't complain when i get the shoes at least 40-50 bucks cheaper.