@boardaddicktd don't worry I took vacation days for this
got on 15 boards from Rome, Ride, Burton, K2, Lib Tech, Gnu, Salomon and Marhar. Bindings from Union, Burton, Flux, Ride and Rome. Lots to review!
One thing we both noticed is: anyone can make a banger of a board for $700 but the new trend seems to be delivering a quality board in the $350 price range. There were a few standouts in that budget/price-point category.