Every time I look at those things I have a flashback to the last attempt made like this in the late 90's with a Connelly (now CWB) boot and strap system that also didn't work. They felt exactly like they looked - hard buckles pressing on your foot bones through too-thin neoprene boots. Faaaaaantastic. I rode in them for all of 3 minutes, signaled to stop the boat, and clear as day I remember taking them off saying to my friend "noooooo f**king way..."
Those Hyperlite Systems with straps... my god. Idiotic. I know that this isn't the direction wakeboard bindings will go, or needs to go, (as in, we don't want to be walking around in boots after we ride). The evolution of the sport just does not support the need for leaving something huge and warm on your feet between runs during the summer.
So will we ridicule this style right after they are discontinued in a year or two, or will it take a few years? I agree that these have taken hold more than the Connelly attempt but both can only be considered shortlived gimmicks.
I think they look and feel horrible.