These bindings are really really good. Everyone has a preference, but these are mine. The EST system rules. Rocking cantbeds in them too, so nice.
Might not think it makes a difference having your foot strapped straight to the board, but it does. Makes your whole foot the control surface rather than a layer of plastic flexing against a disk in the middle. It's the future kids, especially if Burton shares.
I like them a lot for allll types of riding, everything.
P.S. The only real difference between them and the Cartels is marketing. They have the same base, the straps are essentially the same, same ratchets (fast and easy). The high backs flex the same in the real world, and the two shapes feel the same through your boot. In a blind test you would never know the difference. Just my opinion though. Placebo effects are real, so you decide.