I have always wanted to try Systems for kiting.
After a week on my Hyperlite Team OTs, I am loving them. Great performance, Ive been crushing the PIQ International leaderboard for over a week on them (hit number one two days ago
, Maui for the win!). Major improvement over the Index. I like them better than the LF Ultra Closed Toes too, basically the Boot is exactly what I had hoped. I was surprised how well my heel is supported, damn near perfect fit. They did come off when I went down in a bad crash from ~30ft in front of a crashing wave that was 10 ft high. No pain or injury, just uncomfortable as the board was dragged off my feet. Working as planned (Size 10-14 Boots on size 12 feet).
Personally I love speed laces but I grew to love laces on my ski bindings years ago so it just feels natural. Speed laces are a quick yank to tighten and if Boot is held by just the lace, the lace will loosen or even break before your knee does. I like em, no worries if you dislike laces - just as in ski boots, thats an individual preference. SO long as the laces have a decent speed lace system it works for me.