Anybody who thinks spending the extra $100 to give your tele bindings a free-pivot touring mode isn't worth it...clearly has never used them before. My ONLY gripe against these bindings is that the plastic bottom of the toe plate does not make for easy on-off. The beaver tail on the cable aleiviates some of the frustration, but not enough to give these bindings a full five stars. Other than that, the bindings are nothing short of excellent. They are easily adjusted depending on contitions and desired stiffness, which is a huge advantage over having to purchase seperate cartridges. And to be honest...it's great to see such a phenomenal piece of equipment made in the U.S. by a couple of ski bums in Idaho. Great work...and maybe next year you can tweak that toe plate.