The Cartel is the most versatile and most popular binding on the market. Reason being is that they offer a super smooth comfortable ride without giving up any response. They have a nice and tall highback for added power, a jelly feeling ankle strap, the well known cap strap over the toes and quite a bit of vibration dampening features
Some say forward lean is a bit drastic.
The Burton mission will save you a couple bucks, very similar binding just not as comfortable. The C02 would be your next step up with a lighter weight.