I like these boots. For the weight they give a good amount of support. I don't have a good point of comparison for how stiff they are. I will say i went about a half size down from what normally wear in a shoe and they packed out to be quite comfy!
Some of the pinkish liner graphic on the White boot did smudge and the black binding straps from my Ride Ex binding smudged the pretty white boot too, but oh well.
The pull cord /lock down system is neat, hard to explain but keeps my heel and foot in place, easy to make too tight. The velcro for ankle tightness doesn't seem to do much, the tying of the top laces is more important for ankle stability.