Well if you want to know about what others think... Yes there is a big difference in the flex of boots. Some boots are stiff as a board while others are super-soft. I had a pair of Rome Folsom boots and they were extremely stiff. I thought that is what I wanted, but found them a little too aggressive, even for my riding style. I like to bomb the blacks and I just didn't feel comfortable in the Folsoms. I now have the exact same boot you have, the Raider Boas, and I couldn't be happier. They have a little give that make them comfortable, but responsive, to carve in, and are more forgiving on some of the park stuff than the stiffer boots were. Beyond that the boa system is sick. If you liked the boa system but want something a little different check out the Vans Aura boot. They have dual boa zones and *I think* they are a little stiffer than the raiders. If I had the money those are the boots I would buy. Def. try them on though, most ski shops will carry them.