I usually go through 1 board and 1 pair of bindings per season, and I've tried almost every brand of bindings out there, except the Flows because my feet never fit into them. I use Palmer Plate risers so I can ride a regular cut board (not a fan of the wide cuts), and for the last 3 seasons I've been able to keep a relatively cheap pair of Simms Link bindings together, with absolutely no problems. The aluminum construction seems to hold up very well, and I love the Power Ramp. Every pair of Burton bindings I've ever had fell apart about mid season, and I got tired of waiting for warranty coverage, etc. TechNine's were worse. My Simms Links have outlasted two Never Summer SL's, a B-line, and are on the second Ride Timeless of this season. If they ever break, I will definately buy them again.