Totally with you there. This year I bought a pair of speed-lace Northwaves that have been good so far, and I now have toe cap bindings. I think I bought my old setup ('03?) right before the toe cap bindings came out. I wish I'd held out for the extra year. They definitely feel a lot better. As far as speed-lacing systems go, I've seen some pretty bad ones (DC anyone?) but they seem to vary significantly from brand to brand. *shrug* I haven't heard any negative things about Northwave yet, so I'm hoping my pair will hold up.