[QUOTE=TT and others prefer stiff gear and that is totally fine; different strokes for different strokes. With the correct technique, each person can ride the same terrain equally well.[/QUOTE]
You make it sound like you don't need that type of gear because you have the correct technique.
Where as I must not be doing something right, so I require this type of gear.
That is so far off.
Take Xavier de Larue for example.
Lets just say you & him could ride down the same face.
He could go your pace in softer boots. (& this ain't meant to be a burn)
But there is no fuckin' way on earth you are going to go his pace with soft boots.
No fuckin' way, not even close. You hit a hard block of ice doin' 80mph,
oh look your ankle just exploded.
Technique isn't going to do shit. Technique can't sustain a blow of that force.
You've said a million times you don't like the sensation of falling.
I do, I love it. Part of falling is landing, you can't land huge drops with soft boots.
My technique @ landing big drops is perfect. I stomp them.
I'm curious as to how/where you came up with the impression that after 25 years, my technique is bad or not up to par with yours?
Or how you think it's a given, that after 8 years, your technique is just better than mine?