Thanks for the replies guys. Yup. Aluminum is totally preferential to the rider. I immediately realized when I strapped in that the tweakability that I used to have was completely gone. But thats the compromise, for when you're going extremely fast over chop, the last thing you wanna feel is all the crud you're sliding over. I learned feeling every little thing is really fatiguing, especially to the knees.
With these new bindings, I can say without a doubt my freeride setup is nearly complete. I can see it now: I have Ride's stiffest bindings, I have Burton's stiffest boots... My Rome Anthem may possibly be the next part of my setup to go... And then I'll go totally crazy. Cateks, anyone?