if it makes you feel better (it probably wont) it took me a very long time to find a pair of boots that fit well, the salomon F3.0's are that boot for me. Having said that they may not be for everyone. I find that FOR ME the boot is middle of the road flex. I like that it has a more open toebox so my toes dont feel like they are being choked by a midget and for me it has excellent heel hold. The liners fastening system (found on a lot of salomons boots) Is the best system I have seen. The outer lacing system is somewhat gimmicky but it works well and I dont have numb or hurt feet. I have long narrow feet salomons run narrow. I also wear a size 12.5 show (mondo 30.5) which is a size most manufacturers dont bother making so my choices are limited.