there are a few super great things about these bindings. 1) the toe-cap strap can be used as a cap or as a toe or somewhere in between. my friends have the burton toe-cap strap and it seems to fall off the front of their boot all the time. 2) the bindings stay 'open' most of the time when a foot is not strapped-in, thus making a quick entry while skating much easier. they have these rubber band type things that makes the bindings actually open-wide for your foot when unstrapped. i have the B&W and they look great! very adjustable (more than average humans will need) baseplates are soft and offer landing cushion.