The Customs are nice, and I think they will do what you are looking for. Are you looking at this years Custom bindings? If so, you can get a closeout of last years Cartels for roughly the same price. Now new model for new model they will be a good bit more. I think you would be happy with either one, but like you said, the Customs will be a little easier to learn in. The Cartel is pretty aggresive in stiffness, and the Custom is very similar but a little softer and a little lower high back.