I just bought a pair about a month ago. They are really comfortable, and the hold down is pretty good. I came up short on a TS Backroll and the front edge caught the water first, and I did not come out. IMO, I think that the Alpha's are great bindings for beg/int riders. But, when you start landing int/adv tricks, you might want more ankle support. As far as the fast system, the boot rotates on the plate. you just loosen up the thumb screws and you can change the toe-in or out pretty easy. Plus, the notches are numbered in degrees, so it takes out the guesswork. It's a nice feature to have....
(Message edited by byrd on October 05, 2006)