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.
16 Gnu Swallow Tail Carver . 16 NS West . 15 NS Snowtrooper BIA
16 Burton Genesis X . 15 Now Drive
16 Flow Talon . 14 Flow Hylite