In my experience this is normal for Burton's toe ratchets and toe straps.
I find that the trick is to push down on the lever while you ratchet so it doesn't lift and skip. You have to figure out at what point the angle of the strap starts to twist to the point it starts to strip. You won't get a tight fit but at least you won't ruin the ladders anymore.
With the toe straps you will have some lift. They're meant to cap so they pull the boot back into the binding, not down to the edge the way other, more convertible straps do. With the play between the boot and the binding it really lacks response, which is why I got rid of them.
I'm a fan of Union, you won't find any of these issues to be a problem. I recommend the Force or the Atlas.
Ride are also super solid. I'd recommend the Rodeo.