No offense intended, but it sounds like you need to learn how to set up your bindings properly. If you look up on youtube you can find all the info. You may need to adjust the high back position, strap lengths and gas pedal. Or better still take them into the shop and let them set them up for you. Maybe they can check your stance too because for me the canted highbacks (cartels) are spot on when I am riding and my legs and boots are also at an angle.
Also you don't have to crank down that hard on the ratchets which are widely acknowledged to be the smoothest out there. Once you get it properly set up and spend a day riding them come back and tell us how it went.
I expect you will like them cause they are very good bindings for the money.
It is possible that you have a faulty pair (all manufacturing produces some faulty goods) but lets see once you get it set up.
Last edited by dreampow; 01-16-2013 at 10:53 PM.