Choosing stiff boots
Hey everyone. Never had stiff boots, so need your advice here.
Experience: 5 seasons of riding hills near Moscow (boring short and flat slopes), went to the Alps 3 times for 7-10 days each
Riding preferences: all kinds of slopes, little freeride experience (definitely looking for more freeriding this winter), almost no jumping. Trying to learn some flatland tricks to have fun on flat slopes
Board: Nitro Team Wide '09
Bindings: Burton Triad '09
Current boots: Vans Jamie Lynn
Story: I had Vans Encore as my first boots, used them for a couple of seasons. Missed one season because of knee injury, and when I started snowboarding again I felt that they somehow became too small for me. So I bought Vans Jamie Lynn, and that wasn't a good decision at all. They are supposed to be stiff, but after 30 minutes of riding they loosen up a lot, and I can't control the board the way I want. Maybe it's because they're one size too big for me, maybe it's because of their traditional laces (which really suck comparing to Encore's BOA, no matter what I do I can't get em tight enough), maybe it's their liner (not tight around ankles as well), I don't know, but they just don't work for me.
So I've decided to look for new pair of boots. Fed up with traditional laces - only BOA or speed lace. Spent some time looking for good stiff boots, that's my list for now:
Burton - Imperial, SLX, Ion, DriverX
DC - Travis Rice, Judge
Salomon - F4, Synapse, Malamute
Vans - Cirro
Ride - RFL, Insano, Trident
Nitro - no flex info on their site, seems like Select, Team, Ultra are good options
K2 - ruled them out because of bad reviews
For now I only had an opportunity to try Ion, DriverX and Malamute. Didn't like Burton's speed lace system at all, both Ion and DriverX felt really loose, just couldn't get em tight enough. Malamutes felt amazing, lacing system seems very comfortable, but they are stiff as hell, which concerns me a bit.
So here is the question - aren't these boots an overkill for my riding habits and not-so-stiff bindings and board? Can you fool around and do some jumping/flat tricks with these boots, or they are only for hardcore fast riding?