I was skeptical about riding a binding that was 5 of 10 on Burton's scale but these bindings really suprised me. Even though it has a relaxed feel I found them to still have a lot of control. Riding with a full footbed is heaven under my feet. The wide ankle strap and cap toe strap provides me with more support while reducing pressure point problems. I use them on an Arbor Abacus so whether I'm floating powder or cutting up hard pack these bindings provide a good balance all around.