I like soft stuff with more bounce to them.
Dont like the feeling of being ultra stiff at high speeds feeling every flipping bump that could send me flying. I think of my bindings/boots as shock absorbers, i stay loose and let it rip.
But that's not how it really works
I think you've got it backwards
I can haul ass, & I'm sure others around here can as well.
You can't haul ass in noodles, you'd tweak your ankles in under 5 min.
I too, think of my boots as shock absorbers.
With my stiff ass boots, I can do big drops & the boots will absorb the impact.
15 or so years ago, I bought a brand new pair of Airwalk Extremes.
@ the time they were the stiffest boot out there.
The tongue ripped out & the store didn't have the same boot.
The cock suckers wouldn't give me my money back only store credit.
They were $300, but I didn't have another $300 to spend somewhere else.
So I was forced to pick from the garbage they had left.
The only boot they had in my size was the Airwalk Advantage.
With a seasons pass going to waste, I didn't really have a choice.
Picked those & had $150 credit left.
The first day I used them, I blew out my ankle.
Done for the season.
Soft boots are for rookies