The Samba features a medium flex that excels at a wide variety of different riding styles. It's stiff enough for steep-and-deep backcountry and flexible enough for jibbing and tweaking.
The boot takes its soccer style inspiration to a winter performance level with cushioned comfort, a glove-like fit with exceptional heel lockdown, and a rugged Continental rubber outsole that grips the snow and ice.
I haven't actually got a chance to try these yet...I just bought them and everywhere around me closed. I did try them on and walked around in them a bit. They are really comfortable to walk around in, almost like wearing a normal pair of boots, which is a good thing and a bad thing. I think its is pretty accurate on its flex rating. my foot feels secure and rocking from my toes to heels feels pretty responsive.
There does however seem to be a lot of play in the upper boot, which is why I think walking is so comfortable. Its kind of hard to get the upper boot tight because the laces are pretty flimsy and stretchy. I felt like they could only get the boot so tight before they just started stretching. Also, the "teeth" on the lace metal hooks, (terminology?) that is supposed to prevent loosening don't do shit. Its a great idea, but poorly executed. Not really upset about that though, as that's not a standard thing, but would be nice if they actually worked.
Overall its a good boot and can't wait to try them out. They look sick, and feel good, so I'm sure they will ride good.
Great boots. I have worn these 4 times so far. They have waaay more traction than I was used to, which is great for skating, exiting lifts, walking through the parking lot, etc.
Super comfortable too. They are flexy in the right places, but really responsive to what you are putting into them. The liner is pretty standard, velcro keeps the tongue in place. Lacing them is a bit difficult though. The lower section cinches nice and snug, but the upper is way difficult to get properly tightened. That being said, with all the BOA boots on the market, I chose these, so I'll deal with it.
I have already gotten more compliments on them that I can imagine too. The style is incredible. Just like an oversized samba soccer shoe.
All in all, super comfy and cushy. Can wear them all day long no problems.