I used to rock a pair of Ride SPIs that I really liked. I was looking for something a little stiffer, and found that the Capo was perfect. It is stiff enough for excellent response and stabilization, but soft enough to comfortably butter around on groomers. They are a bit heavy compared to something like Union, but I love Ride's craftsmanship and wouldn't choose anything else. My ladders are in perfect shape, and the toe cup fits nicely over different boot styles.