Softer boot crumpled, injured my ankle... fixes?
OK, here's the deal. I usually wear a DC Triax (medium-stiff, 7ish/10) boot. Yesterday I went snowboarding and tried some DC Phases (medium 4ish/10 stiffness). I wore the Phases because they are quite a bit softer than the Triax, I thought they'd be more forgiving.
Problem was, they were TOO forgiving and the first jump I went off my ankle completely folded. I think if my calves weren't a little strong now from boarding fairly frequently, it would have snapped. As is I got a rough sprain. I switched back to my Triax for an hour or so after that before I gave up from my ankle pain.
Now, what I want to know is, should I just stick with stiffer boots from this point forward, or would using stiffer bindings have helped? If it matters, I have Ride EX bindings and an Arbor Mystic. I have a pair of Ride Flight Tomcats (the Flights are the precursors to the MVMNT, a fair bit stiffer than the EX), would using those have made a difference? I am, right now, in the market for a new pair of boots and/or bindings, and I need to know what type of stiffness to be on the lookout for, I don't want/need a season ended because I hit something and my foot falls off.
OR..... am I just being a pansy and need to get used to softer boots if I want to have a little more "give" to my setup?
Thanks for any help!