to be fair though break a lot of gear from a lot of different vendors, i charge hard. But The Pair I had two years ago broke withing two weeks, the chair lift breaks them if you don't remember to put your rear highback all the way down the chair will snap them when you sit down. Backcountry.com replaced them twice (same thing happened a month later) no problem and I gave up bought some team flows which are worth every penny off that 500 bucks btw, then I got another couple boards and needed a new pair for my burton vapor and I saw that they redesigned the high back so I got last years model , performance wise I'm very happy with them (and I usually remember to always put the high back down when getting o the chair but not always) I have put about 25 days on them and like the way they are super stiff and super lightwieght, and ULTRA RESPONSIVE!! I ride everyday and love my team flows but I must say, from a strictly performance standpoint, convenience aside, I think this is the best binding on the market for the advanced rider. They are a dream to operate, they never put any preasure points down in weird places and really really cinch down with a minimum of effort even with gloves on. I also like the chatter dampening they give you at high speeds. Yes they are expensive but that is relative too how much money you make I suppose, I think there worth every penny and I can really tell the difference when I ride lesser bindings. You put these on a lightweight board like the burton vapor or a T6 and you have a combo that is an extension of your body, you think, it happens, its that fast. downside is they really cant take a beating like a heavy drake binding can, which are just built sturdier.
I think they have improved the vertical stiffness/crush resistance to the point where its not a problem anymore.