I bought these to upgrade an old pair of Burton Missions on my second board, however, I usually ride a pair of Burton C60s on my primary board.... so here is what I think of the Forum Republic:
TOO PADDED!!! The response was good... but the padding caused both a slight delay (you need to squish the extra foam before the actual action takes place), and because they were so comfy, it felt like I wasn't wearing them at all (bad, because although I would carve, and knew I was carving, it did not feel like I was carving... similar to a Mercury Marquee... you know the car is turning... but its like you are floating above the road).
The are well made and if it weren't for the fact I have ridden much, much better.... I would rate them higher.
They are up for sale if interested.....