I also like the the toe caps because I no longer have any pressure dirrectly on the top of my foot. I also think that the caps give you more control over your board. They allow you to have a little more leverage because the strap is further out on your boot. When you lift your toes to make a turn you don't need as much up pressure to do this. I believe more manufactures will be going to this type of system in the future. Either way, it sounds like you will have the chance to try both ways, so try both, and see what works for you.