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    Posted: Jan/30/2013 at 9:07pm
hey folks. I'm wondering what the typical preferences are for boot stiffness when it comes to riding style. 

for a couple of seasons ive been using DC Ghost, which has been comfortable and pretty soft. I recently got a pair of Lamar's that are stiffer. 

which boot should i be using for jibbing/jumps, freeride, faster speeds, etcetc< id="_npwlo" ="applicationpwlo" height="0">
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there is no "best" or "should be," only preference.  typically, people who like more response and power will go with a more supportive boot, while people who want more mobility, forgiveness, and the ability to tweak easier, will go with a less supportive boot.  you will tend to see most people who ride natural terrain, who like going fast, and are powerful riders, wearing stiffer boots.. and you will tend to see people who spend a lot of time in parks and on rails, tweaking, spinning, moving around, wearing less stiff boots.  that said, there are certainly plenty of jibbers who wear supportive boots, and plenty of the opposite who ride softer boots.  preference is king.

ultimately the way you figure out what works best for you, IE your preference, is by riding different boots.  if your current boots give you all the response you need, you're already there.  if you feel like you want more support through variable terrain, more aggressive riding, etc, then try a slightly stiffer boot.  fit is most important though, but flex comes next.
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Spenser couldn't said it any better.
I also like to match the flex of my boots to the flex of my bindings too. Feels more natural to me that way.
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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2013 at 11:27am
It's all preference. I prefer super stiff boots as it's what I'm used to, but it doesn't mean all I do all day is carve groomers. Being marketed as a "freeride boot" or "jib/streetstyle" boot is an oversimplification of boot selection. Some jibbers might just like very stiff boots and will just lace them more loosely for more range of motion. Or you do can what you want with what you have. The dealbreaker for boots should always be fit and comfort.
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I have had stiff boots all my life. I just bought soft boots and I don't really like it right now. I'm about to go up today and I'll let you know if I change my mind.
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