How do you determine what boot stiffness you need
Male, 42, intermediate rider, 130 lbs, 5'5" tall, small mountain resort riding WV, no park/pipe only down the hill, K2 151 Believer+Rome Targa bindings
Does anyone have guidelines for how to determine what stiffness boot to go for. My goal is responsiveness for riding down the hill, comfort is a second desire but am willing to tolerate a lot in exchange for performance.
I am hearing conflicting opinions regarding how to pick boot stiffness. One thought is that stiffer is more responsive, so the freeride designed boots (malamute, synapse, Decade) are the way to go for responsive turns.
The other thing I heard recently was that shorter, lightweight riders may have problems with stiff boots and require more leverage to get needed ankle flexion, and that heavier/taller riders need that super stiff boot. And that a more mid level flex would be better for a smaller freerider..
I've been on Nitro Team TLS (size 7.5, street shoe 8) and it's been ok, but I do crank the ankle harness down to keep heel lift low, but then this does make bending at the ankles harder and more difficult to get deep and drive the shin forward, and caused pain on the top of the ankle towards the end of the day.
One recommendation I got was to go for a park type boot but with good ankle hold, Like Northwave Freedom.
Any suggestions for how to select and when trying on boots how to test in the store. I read somewhere about extending and flexing your ankle to see how much effort it takes, and using that as a gauge.