Used for 1 season
These are Adequate for the job.
You can pick them up cheap which is good. They get you into the backcountry which is good.
Yes it is another bit of gear to carry around and they aren't very light, but it gives you the opportunity to have fun! Work well w/ Salomon bindings. I had problems on my Look bindings w/ the big knob on the back bumping the trekkers.
If you want a downhill binder with some AT abilities there are other options especially now w the duke/gruardian/MFD's etc. If you only have a little cash and still want in the BC this is a great option and will get the job done.