These are even better than the beta's that I had before (now discontinued). Ride continues to improve on their bindings. The only thing that I think they could do to improve on with these bindings would be to add more options on adjusting the highbacks. I will be getting the other footbeds that have more angle in towards the center to get a wider more comfortable stance. The angled footbeds are probably the best new design feature out of any board product since reverse camber. The only differences I see between these and the alpha's are the ankle strap and the alphas are a bit lighter.