This year model does not change much compare to last year. The response and flex are really good. The boot is not as comfortable as last year model in my opinion. One thing I notice is the tongue of the liner seem a bit smaller and narrower compare to previous model so it does not stick well with the velcro that hold it in place. Just a minor thing. Traction is ok. Just be careful when walking on ice or hard pack snow. Lastly, the price for the boot had increased about 30-40 dollars for very much the same boot last year. It is still a decent and safe choice of boot.