Well, for all-mountain riding your going to want something with a medium flex, or in between a soft boot and a hard boot. and to be totally honest, while some boots are superior to others, the most important thing is just getting a boot that fits perfectly no matter the brand. So I wouldn't worry all too much about extensive researching. If you can, figure out what your local stores have in stock and research those, then try them on. My local boardshop only carries 32 and DC, and after trying on some different models I went with the 32 Lashed.
You will know stiffness too when you try them on. It's how much the boot flexes when you walk around. Beware of park boots, sometimes employees will suggest them and they are really not what you want, because they have no support. I tried on some DC Parks and they felt like stiff hiking boots.... no support.
One thing I would suggest though, is getting boots with heat-moldable liners. It will make the boots much more comfortable for you regardless of brand/type.
PowderHound and TreeNinja
Last edited by HoboMaster; 04-04-2011 at 09:24 AM.