The DC Misty is a very good mid level snowboard boot and like all the DC line the forward flex is very soft right off the bat. This is well built. We are fans of the articulating cuff which will help the DC Misty last longer and the shock absorbtion is pretty good. DC has a great shell but as of late their liners have not been on par with their shell. It can make for a ride that isn’t as comfortable as some boots out there. All in all this is a great lace boot for those whow still don’t trust BOA or Speed Lace.