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 Jones Storm Chaser . 17 Never Summer Proto Type Two . 16 Never Summer Swift . 16 Rome Pow Division ST x Snurfer . 16 Gnu Swallow Tail Carver . 15 NS Snowtrooper BIA . 15 Jones Hovercraft
16 Burton Genesis X . 15 Now Drive
16 Flow Talon . 14 Flow Hylite