This past week I purchased some RIDE rx bindings at my local shop. Ive been wanting to try some toe caps but I was told that it was a whole different ride, Fortunately these bindings can be either a strap or a toe cap so I get the best of both worlds. I dont know if the guy that told me that was full of sh&% or what but I really couldnt tell any difference using them as toe caps Vs straps. but overall I really like the way that they felt they were very responsive and didnt cut off my circulation. They also have what they call tool less adjustment which I found to be helpful for my initial set up. Personally I would highly recommend these bindings to any level rider.