I loves me a good thread from the dead!
Not that the OP cares anymore, but I second him. I am glad that the days of toe straps are long gone (for most companies anyway!
) and I don't miss doing up laces. I'm on my third pair of Burton speed lace boots (the dual zone system) and I like them a lot. I tend to moderately tighten the foot section, and tighten the ankle/calf section much more.
God I still remember adding a third strap to my bindings in the 90's to get as much support as possible!!!
Another thing I didn't miss but I'm going back to is the 4x4 binding mount system. I like Burton's channel but unfortunately they don't make a board that interests me anymore. The Custom X isn't bad but I want something more purpose built.