Do tongue-stiffeners still exist?
So I'm looking into buying boots a little stiffer than what I have now. Problem is - my current boots are in really great condition and I don't really have the money at the moment to toss out another pair of boots. I've heard of tongue stiffeners that Burton used to make, but I can't find them anywhere. Nor can I find another similar product used to adjust stiffen flex on boots. I would love to ride these through another season - which I can without the stiffeners...but I'm afraid the softer flex may hinder my progress. They were great when I was still riding greens and blues, but now that I've moved up to black runs, I feel that they won't give me the response I want. Now, keep in mind I'm not looking for a really stiff boot because I like to play in the park. Just a move up from soft to mid.
Basically my questions here - are tongue stiffeners still around? Are there any other ways to stiffen a boots flex a little? Should I just bite the budget bullet and get the new boots? Will a flex a little too soft for a rider's level hinder progression too much? Does it matter all THAT much? I went to the shop today to try on boots, and the guy that runs the shop helped me. He pretty much said that if my boots are still going strong, then ride 'em out. No huge need to get new boots. Now when they are blown out or I'm finding myself getting heel lift, then come on in. Of course the choice is mine, but his thoughts on it swayed my decision a bit.