My boyfriend has the Technine Military bindings, and while they look badass, the aren't flexible enough for his taste (plates being made of metal and all, might have been an "aha!" moment if he had thought about it before buying them. ) If you're looking for something stiffer, those might be the ticket, he's had good luck with the durability, just not his favorite. He's got some Burton something or others (a few years old) and he loves the toecaps! I am thinking of getting them this year (toecaps I mean) He swears I'll never have "numb-toes" again! I'm always curious about those flow bindings with their goofy-looking straps, but were we lived, there were no such thing as demo days. Maybe now that we live in CO we'll be able to hit some up and investigate.