I got these last year in a medium. I have a 6.5 boot size. I found the toe cap to be to big in last years model. the new toe cap this year allows the mediums to fit my foot. I could do smalls or mediums with my boot size. I choose medium so I can lend my board and bindings out to friends to try out or what not. there is a lot of adjustments you can do on these bindings, which is awesome. Tweak them around to fit perfect. They are soft but not too soft. I do feel that if I am riding a big stiff snowboard that I would want a stiffer binding. But for typical cruising, park riding and having fun these are great. Good dampening under the foot compared to other companies. Overall this is a great binding that has a great look and overall comfort.