we must be riding different bindings because my flux's are awesome and never have a problem with the ratchets, always smooth. best fitting toe straps on the market in my opinion.
as for the rome's i have a pair of 390s from at least 4 years ago and the toe straps on those are still money. my room mate is using them now with no problems what so ever. the "useless" rubber does a great job at staying in place, way better then i was ever able to get with unions.
The 390 has a new cap design. Old one was better IMO.