I've been snowboarding for about 12 years. For the last two seasons, I've been riding "no back" style with the highbacks removed from my bindings. I often get critical and/or skeptical comments about this, but it's not totally unheard of:
The Theory of No Highbacks by Mike Ranquet - Transworld Snowboarding
I love the feeling of freedom and mobility that riding without a highback provides. I've been riding Burton Ruler boots, which have been good, but I'd like to try something with a looser feel and a bit more flex, particularly around the ankle joint. Does anyone have recommendations for a fairly soft boot with a high degree of ankle flexibility? Also, a boot with a nice wide forefoot would be a definite plus.