It is a cool idea and when i went and bought these two or three seasons ago I really liked them. They had a cool look and worked really easily. Unfortunatly i have ended up having a lot of problems with them. Because i ride a burton board the k2 bindings sinmply wouldn't stay tight. eventually i realized that the screws were too long and i needed to put two washers in each to hold the bindings down. But with this setup its impossible to use the plate cover so i get ice in the bottom of my binding all the time. Additionally the wire in my back foot pops out of the guide all the time though they have proabably fixed this problem since then. I do notice however, that the wire seems to be twisted, but i cant take it out to fix the problem. Also like others have said the toe strap has a lot of wear and tear, and the metal piece designed to keep it in poistion won't let me place it over the toe which is really annoying. The straps are also hard to release which i understand is the point, but it gets frozen and can cause problems. Finally they don't seem to be holding my boot in very well anymore.