I'm confused how are the asadachi middle of the road stiffness yet have the sl highback which is the stiffest, is it because of the straps? Also I was looking at the atlas and they look pretty sweet but a bit on the pricier side, I may wait and see if they go down any more over the summer or see if there's a decent pair on ebay/craigslist before I make a final choice. Not like I'm going to be riding the new never summer up at st marys glacier haha
The binding was made to be a little bit forgiving. While the highback may be on the stiffer side, the rest of the biding is on the more flexible end. Their made for hard charging the park, yet still capable when it comes to the all-mountain freestyle. They're not made to be big-mountain, burly-line destroying bindings, although, I'm sure they would hold up. Unions are generally pretty durable.