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Snowboard Gear Guru Episode 3: Step On VS Step In VS Traditional Bindings!

Which binding system wins?

Undeniably, one of the most talked-about snowboard products this past year has been the new Burton Step On system. Hailed as the future for an ageing snowboard population by some, ridiculed for being a cynical cash grab by others, either way, the technology has lit up snowboarding comment threads like only a Shaun White prom date can.

Despite a couple of teething problems, the response post-launch has been largely positive. Indeed, everyone on our team who’s tried them so far has had good things to say. Our own dear leader likened it to another step towards surfing and skating, saying it felt more like standing on a board rather than being strapped in to one.

So back in September we accosted our own Gear Guru and commanded him to decide once and for all WHICH IS BEST? Step On, step in or strap on? [Hang on… This sounds like a different video now – ed]

“Our own dear leader likened it to another step towards surfing and skating, saying it felt more like standing on a board rather than being strapped in to one”

Of course, nothing in snowboarding is ever the best, even world champions, so it should come as no surprise that picking the right binding for you is an individual choice. There’s no doubt however as to which of the three systems is quickest, as Guru Vines’ handy assistant pits them against each other in a head-to-head race.

Of course, everything featured in the above video can be found in our bumper annual Buyers’ Guide, why not take a closer look if any of them tickle your fancy?

Burton Step On Bindings 2017/18
Burton Photon Step On Boots 2017/18
Flow NX2 Bindings 2017/18
Switchback Session Bindings 2017/18
Vans Infuse Boots 2017/18

We’ve got more Gear Guru episodes in the works, but if you’re hungry for more why not check out previous episodes via the widget below?

The Gear Guru

  1. Powder Boards
  2. Binding Materials Explained
  3. Step On VS Step In VS Traditional Bindings
  4. Airbags? Big Fan!

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