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.
17 Korua Apollo . 17 Nitro Treehugger . 17 Lib x Lost Mayhem Short Fat . 17 Jones Storm Chaser . 17 Ride Warpig . 16 Never Summer Swift
17 Burton Malavita Wing . 16 Burton Genesis X
16 Flow Talon