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PoikenzI think you mean 3 piece (3 buckle) vs 2 piece or overlap (4 buckle) boots. The selling point isn't the amount of buckles but the flex that a 3-piece boot creates.It is suppose to be more progressive, so when you lean in it gradually gets stiffer, a two piece is stiff the second you lean into it. Ankle hinge placement is also different and can feel a bit different. Really though, it's all about personal preference and what fits better. No matter what boot you get don't feel like you are missing out on a better boot design because they both have their pros and cons.
onenerdykidUltimately, the actual usable range that a cuff moves during skiing is not a lot. So if you were to plot out some 3-piece boots and some 2-piece boots and examine their flex pattern in said usable range, you would see that they can be identical.
TopsenAlright, thank you very much. That clears up things quite a bit.
What about ankle hold? Is there a difference between those two design or is that just a matter of bootfitting?