Well at $300 you're not being ripped off. The ATSE's are not cheap. Have you noticed that 80% of bindings are polycarb and fiberglass? The FSE's are just stiffer and less forgiving. If you're riding the whole park you'll like the ATSE's. The upgrades for next year are tool less macro adjustments, and a little bit of gel in the straps.
I just got a few questions regarding what you said and hope you can answer me.
For the ATSE the price at their website is $299, so even though I am buying the ATSE's last years model(2011 since the 2012's are coming out) for 300, it is still not ripping off? Aren't the bindings going on huge sale like the boards when the current year has passed? And for the macro adjustment and gelled straps, can you tell me a little more in detail?
And in general, do ppl prefer the ATSE better than the FSE or reverse?