get the k2 virtue. I rode a pair of ride vxns last year, and wanted to upgrade them this year. I first wanted to get the ride dvas, then read stuff about the crappy rachets on last years, then i was looking into rome but the madisons seemed too soft for me and the struts too stiff. I then hears good stuff about the guys k2 formula and had a look at the girls version the virtue. At first i was worried they would be too soft but the k2 site made them seem like a really good all-around binding. For a high-end binding their not too expensive so i went for it. They have a ton of nice features like a hinge strap and this pop-up disk cover. The straps are really comfortable and the toe strap holds better than my rides did. After riding them last weekend, i can oficially say im in love. They were just as, if not more responsive than my old rides, but were more flexible laterally. This made for a smooth responsive ride down the hill but also made butters much easier. They have the perfect mix for all-mountain riding, and are so comfy they haped get rid of my foot pain. k2 virtues>rides IMO.