Burton bindings have long been among the most popular around and, with their prototype facility Craig’s at their Vermont HQ, continue to push the tech side of things like few others.
New for this year is the ‘Flex Slider’ hinge at the base of the ankle strap, which makes the strap fall away from the baseplate when not in use. This banishes the need to kick them clear before strapping in and, thanks to some pretty clever tech, has been done without compromising any of the strap’s strength. As for how the Burton Genesis EST feels, it has a medium stiffness that makes it a good all-rounder, and has plenty of cushioning courtesy of the baseplate’s dual-density EVA (one of the more popular shock-absorbing materials, also found in many shoes and snowboard boots). They may not be cheap, but it’s easy to see where all that coin is going. The ones shown here are only compatible with Burton’s Channel system, but they also make the Re:Flex version which has baseplates that will fit any board.