Having managed an independent shop for the last few years, I've had some experience with many brands and also with thousands of our customers. The two easiest brands for me to recommend are Union and Rome. Your mileage may vary.
Rome and Union are great choices, I hear nothing but great things about them. I've ridden Burton Missions and they are real nice bindings too. Light, comfortable and a good flex all at decent price. They seem pretty tough too, can't say for sure because they are my brother's and he only used them 10 or so times.