Another vote for the systems here. While the argument that most companies make a binding/plate that is low profile and keeps a riders foot close to the board is valid, not all heel/toe lift is created equal. In my experience, with traditional binding plates I can lift the heel of just about any boot enough to fit about half my hand underneath the boot. With the systems I can maybe get one finger up to the first knuckle under the boot. IMO, that is a significant improvement in heel lift. You can try this for yourself.
Plus, they last way longer than normal boots. I used to ride the Cells as well as the stiffest boot in the line for a few other companies. My boots from last year are still in great performing shape, where all of my old boots (cells and old mareks included) turn into mashed potatoes after a few months of riding. I am a big believer in the systems and love the feel, support and response I get from them. While they are not for everyone, I wouldnt trade them for any other boot. Try them out if you can, I think you will be stoked.