I would get the freestyles LONG before I'd get the lamars, even at 3 times the price. But again, the freestyle still has a toe strap instead of a cap. For a little more money the Burton Custom bindings have a proper toe cap, and I think a better heel strap.
Looks like the going rate on the Custom is about $112 for S or L. If you need medium you'll have to pay a little more.
Check Kijiji or CL for something in the mid-range of burtons lineup. I bought brand new Diodes for $250 shipped to my door off Kijiji. They retail for $399 in Canada.
thanks man ill keep looking around then, Ill be sure to keep in mind that a Toe cap is more preferable than the toe strap.