i upgraded from the oldest pair of Burton freestyle bindings you have ever seen. so any change might have been awesome, but i loved the way these bindings feel. the did not put any pressure points on your feet like conventional bindings do. the also freed up a lot of room to maneuver for tricks and just everyday edging. the only complaint i had is i boarded for only 4 days and the chrome on the clips was peeling of. i do not consider myself a hard rider being i have only boarded 9 total days over the pst 3 years. they just seemed to be a little cheaply made for the price you pay for them. also one of the ratchets would pop up a lot. besides this i give these bindings a great rating for comfort, ease of use, and style.