For the most part I used to be with everyone else on this. EST bindings don't really help that much, but then I got a chance to ride a pair. They really do help your riding in my opinion. The first thing I noticed was that I just felt I had better control over the board because the bindings mount outside the baseplate. The system just controls a larger area of the board than the traditional disc mounting system. And also if weight is an issue to you then they are lighter than most traditional bindings, becuase there is no plastic under your foot. I would definitely recommend EST's.