Switchback better than the Atlas? Now that's a joke. Cartels? I'd give you that, but at a $40 increase in cost all you're really getting is an upgrade in the toe strap. And like I said, you can add that to the Atlas at the same cost and have, IMO, a better binding.
Its cute, how you defend union. But look at the big picture...... there are better choices.
Switchbacks are solid. Straps are super plush, ratchets aren't the best but still better then union, and toe strap is sick. Id say, the 300 dollars switchbacks compare to 25o dollar forces. But at the same value level as forces, cartels are a clear choice.