I'm having difficulty here in the UK getting hold of the boots I had in mind (Head Raptor 115 RS), but I notice that Head do a freeride model, the Raptor Project, whose specs are seemingly the same in terms of flex, last, etc. The only difference I can spot, apart from the colour, is that the Project boots have some shock absorption for jumps (which I'm not going to be doing), which I think is probably rubber bootboards. Are there any reasons to imagine these would not be functionally identical to the 115 boots otherwise? Are there any other differences typically with freeride boots?
Any disadvantages with 'freeride' boots?
Head does offer a 'Jon Olsson upgrade package' with any Head Product purchase- it includes ski ability, all-around athletic ability, fitness, flexibility and slightly effeminate good looks... unforetunately the price they charge is also how Jon affords Lamborgini's as ski cars.
OK, I'm kidding. Jon is actually a robot, no real human gets to live like that.
Actually, it was an awkward choice for me. Following the implications of Head's marketing, if I chose the regular Raptors I would end up skiing like Bode Miller, whereas if I chose the Projects I would end up like Jon Olsson. I hope I made the right choice. Still, I could always buy a pair of Head Supershapes (Bode's 'drug of choice') and get the best of both worlds.