I'm done discussing preferences in this thread, everyone has one, theres no right answer, and the only way you know if something works for you is to go and put a decent amount of time and effort on a pair of bindings. Main reason for my replying was to help the OP with some honest opinions. I dont think "assembled by monkeys and QA'd by down syndrome kids" is objective/fair/helpful and not sure why you are proud of it enough to reproduce it here. Esp when many people do have problems with Burton bindings too. Over and out.
Well, if I were to say what i thought of them on here (they're shit, the rivet work on the ratchets looks like its been carried out in some 3rd world workshop, and the castings that are produced for the bases are... so far behind, its easy to see where the additional weight comes from, the design has not changed since I can remember, thats fine if you have a great product, however, its hardly progressive. Changing the colour each year does not create a new product, it just changes the colour of the old product. Putting a cover on your highback doesnt make it a new product, it makes it the same highback, with a sock on it) the Union fan club would probably start flaming, so i put a humourous touch on it. I laugh when the threads start for "check out the new union for this year", to me...it looks like last years stuff, but a different colour?
Your right though, Cartels aren't with out there problems, nor are any other binding, the cartels I owned 5 seasons ago are a world away from the ones that Burton produce these days though.
I heard that they actually fired the downy kid and promoted one of the monkeys into the QC role, because the kid kept sending back their bindings for QC matters....you heard that here first.