You want these, I know you. Cus you like the C word:
Can't get much more comfy than the Contacts. I've done the early season shtuff at A Basin and Keystone in these bad boys so far. They get strapped clean, secured easy and rock all run down the park or the early season ice. I can only imagine their sheer badassery once things get into full swing.
They flex sure, but I don't see it as an inordinate amount. Really, it just seems to facilitate the comfort. I've never noticed a loss in response even with the soft feel. Its the ankle strap in particular that makes me swoon. One slight con is the unstrapping of the toe strap. It doesn't like to let go at first, but it will succumb to persistence.
I used to rock Ride binders. And they are nice, superb even. But these Unions make them look like they were made by slobbering idiots. Stop comparison shopping cus you found the winner.