fair enough, however ive had cartels, missions, even Ride Ex and LX and I can say that all 4 of them had better quality toe caps than the Unions. The Unions are also less than 18 months old and have more visible damage to the leather, the highback padding, etc than any of the other bindings..the cartels and missions were from 2009. If you like your Union toe caps, then all the power to you. Personally, I think they're worthless and the ones on my girlfriends Burton Citizen bindings are better quality
Oh definitely. Any fabric covered strap is going to get shredded after awhile. The Burton get-a-grip strap is indestructable. I guess the Union straps just work better for some than others.