I'm with you on both accounts. As soon as I tried my first toecap strap on a set of Burton Cartels I bought back in '04, I knew I'd never go back. Same with laces when I got the original Salomon F-boots with speedlacing in '03.
17 Jones Storm Chaser . 16 Never Summer Swift . 16 Rome Pow Division ST x Snurfer . 16 Gnu Swallow Tail Carver . 15 Never Summer Snowtrooper BIA
17 Burton Malavita Wing . 16 Burton Genesis X
16 Flow Talon . 16 Flow Hylite