Yep, noticed the same thing last year when I switched to Sparks. Even the weight benefits of the $L's make those two systems almost identical in overall, which for the budget minded makes a big difference for the Sparks.
Philip.ak has an impossibly good unbiased side-by-side review on the site you should read. Both systems are very good with pluses/minuses to both. Competition is good and will lead to further innovation.
The Sparks were the better system for me, but you results may vary. I will say I do LOVE the fact that the straps/buckles are Burton sourced. Bomber and work so much better than earlier iterations.