I'm with you on both accounts. As soon as I tried my first toecap strap on a set of Burton Cartels I bought back in '04, I knew I'd never go back. Same with laces when I got the original Salomon F-boots with speedlacing in '03.
14 NeverSummer Prospector Splitboard . 14 NeverSummer Proto HD . 13 NeverSummer Cobra . 13 Gnu Space Case EC2PTX. 11 Nitro Team Gullwing
14 Now Drive . 13 Now IPO . 13 Salomon Hologram
14 Flow Hylite . 13 32 Binary