Originally Posted by phony_stark
Dude, sorry you hated the forces. Just to play devils advocate, unless you fall a lot and have to strap back in multiple times on one run. Having to use a very little bit of mustard to get off the toe strap isn't a big deal.
I think, despite it being admittedly harder (but not hard at all) to undo the toestrap, in my experience, Union has the best one in the game. It doesn't slip for shit. I would much rather my toe strap be hard to take off than easy to unbuckle. It would give me peace of mind that my toes were gonna stay strapped on the whole run. With gloves on, they're pretty easy to pop off and "break in" around day 15.
Vitas are a good choice, very comfy and you don't have to use any muscles to undo the toestrap.
Definitely NOT wanting to get into the EL/SBF shit... Just wanted to post on my own *personal* experience and point out that while they may be easy to unbuckle, I have never had a Burton binding strap / ratchet come undone while riding. I try to ride lots of mfg stuff, too - I demo boards whenever I can, and when I travel I get to rent higher-end gear sometimes.
I've had '09 Missions, '10 Cartels, '11 Cartels, and now (un-ridden) '14 Cartels. I've also demo'd last season's Diodes. I've taken serious diggers, banged into trees, and gone endo enough to lose my goggles and stuff my helmet and jacket full of snow. I ride everywhere from NY, NH and VT, to CO, WA and B.C.