Tried a few runs on my old Capita BSOD, and really since the power transfer runs mostly through the kingpin I didn't much notice the highback stiffness (and that is at over 215 lbs. with my gear on). That's the true genius of these bindings. They really are as soft or stiff as you'd ever need just by changing the bushings pads or removing the highback. I guess you could go with the higher and stiffer back on this year's but it looks more like putting out a solution to a percieved issue rather than an actual one. Plus it is a chance to expand the product line.