A boot that feels lighter and more flexible might create the illusion that it is not protecting as well as a traditional stiff boot. But as far as I can tell it protects at least as well. The toe box has proven to be the least protective part: Kicking a rock can hurt but the sting doesn’t last long—one corner later, there is no recollection. Otherwise, the results of my testing are impressive. So far, I’ve twisted my foot in a rut, slipped off the pegs dragging my legs behind, over jumped a sizable gap, and have even had a couple slow speed crashes. Despite all this abuse, so far my feet have come out unscathed. What else do you really want from a boot?