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Burton Custom 2018-2019 Snowboard Bindings Review

After shelling out hundreds of pounds for the perfect snowboard, many a snowboarder has been tempted to then go for a lower-priced pair of bindings. It’s understandable, if not always highly recommended (a bit like buying supermarket own-brand tonic to go with your expensive premium spirit).

If it’s the right call for you, though, the Burton Custom snowboard bindings are as fine an example of a low-priced pair as you could hope to find. While they might not have the tech chops of their premium stablemates, their reliability has long been proven.

“While they might not have the tech chops of their premium stablemates, their reliability has long been proven”

The construction of the Burton Custom bindings is undeniably simpler than the big B’s average, but that’s no bad thing. You can put all of your faith in the polycarbonate chassis, and comfort is assured thanks to the plush ankle strap and boot-hugging toe strap.

The relatively mellow flex will definitely find more favour with the surfy-turns crowd. Freestyle fans will like them too, although they wouldn’t be the first choice of anyone who can boost ten feet out of the pipe.

They’re rounded off with an all-EVA footbed that’s the foundation of any good cushioning system – naturally there’s a bit of difference between the Re:Flex version and the Channel-compatible EST variant, but both flavours of Burton Custom offer up a wealth of performance, without the need for the actual wealth.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“Every pair of Burton bindings I’ve owned has lasted me several seasons, and this year’s offerings look just as reliable as ever. Given their relatively low price, that puts the Burton Custom bindings among the best value options out there.

“For fun, surfy riding, these are all you need”

There’s less going on here than in the Malavita, for example, but it’s not a question of lower quality; it’s just different. The ankle straps contribute to the Custom’s overall comfiness, as do the canted highbacks.

If you never find yourself redlining it down a steep face, then there’s no point shelling out more cash for the tech that helps you do that. For fun, surfy riding, these are all you need. They also make great first bindings, as your ability will need to progress a hell of a lot for these to feel too basic.”

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