- Sizes: S, M, L
- Flex: 7
- Entry System: Classic
- Price: £245 / €289
It says a lot about this pair of bindings that Burton – a company that, at its best, is always looking for ways to innovate – hasn’t made any changes for 2018/19. If you loved the Burton Cartel snowboard bindings already – and a lot of people do – then that should come as welcome news.
As before, there are two versions available; EST and Re:Flex. The former only works on boards that feature The Channel mounting system, while the latter can go on anything albeit without the supposed benefits in board flex and comfort that EST brings.
“The Burton Cartel’s stellar reputation is built on the do-it-all nature of its features”
As a fairly stiff binder, it’s better for more confident riders, but isn’t a carbon-enhanced straight-jacket either. Indeed, the Burton Cartel’s stellar reputation is built on the do-it-all nature of its features.
The highback is more flexible on the outside of each leg, thanks to the window, but delivers plenty of response nonetheless. Should you wish to dial up the forward lean for more aggressive riding then it’s very easy to do; just twist the tool-free dial near the heelcup, and you’re away.
The straps are comfortable and functional, but also pared back to reduce weight and operate efficiently. The way the ankle straps fall clear of the footbed when loosened is a nice touch too.
The Burton Cartel remains a modern classic, suitable for a wide range of riders.