The perfect flex! My board felt instantly more responsive charging but I could still butter and press with ease. The heel cushioning is great for spins in the park that leave you landing a bit too hard on edge. The real test - Tailgate AK where these boots kept my feet warm and dry thru many days of backcountry riding and ice cave camping. In terms of style, they turn heads and make skiers want to quit as you slacken the quick laces and chill at the bar. The BEST boots I have ridden!