The Dynafit system is a very light, and extremely reliable system. The binding is by far the lightest out there, and the most durable. It's shortcoming is in convenience. You have to exit the binding to switch from walk to ski, and you have a limited selection of boots that are compatable. The Dynafits can be set to not release at the toe. This can be useful in places where dropping a shoe is not an option. If you want light, don't mind clicking out to change modes, and find a boot that fits (Dynafit, Scarpa Laser a few others, go for it. It is a great setup. If you want step in convenience, don't care about 2 or 3 extra lbs, or want to ski in a Lowa Struktura, Garmont GSM, Scarpa Denali, Raichle Concordia, Etc.. check out the Diamir, or a Silveretta Eazy Go, or 555. If you want to use a mountaineering boot try the Silveretta 404, or 500. I have not used the '02 version Dynafit, but it supposed to be a little easier.