I'll break this down into pros and cons.
I love the kingping stuff and being able to "steer" with 2 feet.
I love the straps, even with my board hanging on the lift no pressure points.
I love how my heel fits in the heel cup.
Damping... holy awesome comfy.
The highback isn't adjustable at all other than forward lean.
The ratchets aren't as nice as burton's.
No toe ramp adjustment.
The big thing here. My Ions, SLX, and Driver X in size 9.5 all fit very snuggly into the heel cup and thus I get no lag toe or heel side. I always feel like burton ride a little loser. Even with adjustments.
How would you rate response compared to cartels?
I can see your heel fits these better but does that comment refer to overall response?
I rock size 11s so I will need Large.
How about weight? Not a big deal but all the same how do they compare to cartels?
I ride 70% pow so dampening is not my main priority. I like to feel the snow as much as possible. Dampening is fine as long as it doesn't kill the feedback and feel from the powder.