I also LOOKED at the Rossi soft boot last year and agreed with the advice given that it was not dynamic enough.
This year I really became enthusastic over the Nordica Smartech boot. But you know the same tried and true principal still applies. It is about fit. The tongue hurt my shin and in fact the flex was stiffer than my Salomon Evolutions, my replacements for the Force 9 rear entries I had to give up.
The ski industry made a huge mistake allowing the total demise of rear entry boots. They performed well, and were very user friendly.This made it more difficult for new skiers to become involved in skiing, and turned a lot of other skies off.
The soft boots is there answer to the problems that they, the boot manufacturers created. All they had to do was to keep the same shells, and lasts, tweak the inner boots a little bit, and change the graphics every other year and they would have had a boot catagory delivering huge profit MARGINS.
I think next year we will see more soft boots, and when a couple of them get it right, the four buckle ovelap will be for very serious racers, and only the most expert of skiers.
Remember, it took about four seasons before we began to see the demise of the "pencil" shaped ski, so next years soft boot offerings will be key.
Of course, if they didn't throw away thier old rear entry molds and lasts, they could revive those as well.