Plastic ratchets: Lightweight and pretty strong, these are usually found on the price point bindings and for beginner/junior riders.
Giant Ankle Strap: An oversized ankle strap spreads the force over a greater area, helping eliminate any pressure points, and provides a solid interface between the boot and binding.
Quick Adjust Straps: No tools are needed to make basic adjustments to the strap(s) of this binding. Even though most resorts have a bunch of tools next to the lifts, its nice having the ability to fix or tighten them mid run.
Impact pads: Foam or rubber pads on the top side of the baseplate installed to cushion harsh landings and bumpy terrain. They smooth out the ride and make a more comfortable ride.
Baseplate Cover: The baseplate has a foam flap reinforced with plastic that covers the disc and hardware. This helps in preventing ice build up, provides a nice flat surface for the boot, and has some cushion to it for added comfort.
Aluminum heelcup: Aluminum is used as the heelcup of this binding to add strength and durability. It is a spot that is subject to a lot of abuse during aggressive riding and throwing the board in the back of a pickup, so aluminum increases the durability.
Anatomical Baseplate: All this means is there is a designated left and right binding that match the shape of each boot better.
Composite Baseplate/Highback: This baseplate and highback is reinforced with composite fibers to get extra strength in critical spots. Extra strength without extra weight...always a good idea.
4 Hole Disc: This binding has the standard 4 hole pattern to fit any snowboard, except Burton.
Tool-less Forward Lean: The highback position can be adjusted without tools. Forward for more aggressive riding and quicker response time, back for more flexibility and comfort for park and all around riding.
High Grade Plastic Highback: A nice high back built to give you comfort and response, and built to take some punishment and keep ticking.
Adjustable Heelcup: The heelcup can be moved to fit smaller or larger boots, which helps position the ball of the foot in the right spot for better edging and control.
Padded Baseplate: Some padding on the baseplate to get extra cushion between the boot and the binding that absorbs shock from big jumps or vibrations from choppy terrain.
UTS Toe Strap: (Universal Toe Strap) This strap can be used as a standard over-the-toe strap, or as a toe cap style strap.