I always liked a 'Black Forest'. It's hot chocolate with Triple Sec, Chambord, and Creme de cocoa, yummmmm.
I use the same boot for skin trips as for the resort. I like having the stiffer T1's for the downhills as they handle tackling steep, wind blown, icy, you know, random backcountry conditions in stride. I have done 2 backcountry trips in the past week and I just buckle loosely for the uphill, and then tighten down for the downhill. I also loosen my bindings if I have miles of skinning to do. Like most things in life, everyone is different. What works for me may not work for you. But the OP asked for some opinions and got what he was looking for.