I hear you on the dva's...it is very common with ride bindings unfortunately. I bought the sigma's instead of the dva's and the sigmas didn't have any ratchet issues. I've owned the vxn's and nada for years, it was only the dva's that gave me hell...so i stopped using them.
I freeride and use the sigmas or my rome madisons and those are completely fine even though they are park specific. I've also been liking the K2 Cinches for next season now that they are dialed and don't seem to have too many problems.
If you want freeride bindings, i rode the rome targas and i wear size 8 and I had no issues with them being too much of a binding for my womens feet and they fit my boots decently.
The escapades i was not a fan of, i rode next years with the new ratchet system and they were okay but nothing i would spend money on...i think they were too overpriced for the quality of the binding. The madisons are a much better binding than the escapades.