In the beginning, there was the Genesis. Actually, scrap that – the Burton Genesis appeared only after the Vermont-based behemoth were convinced they had cracked the code for making a supportive, responsive binding that could also offer the most comfortable ride possible.
The Burton Genesis is towards the stiffer end of the spectrum, but isn’t a full-on charger model. Expect to have plenty of fun with this at slower speeds too, especially as the natural flex of the board is allowed to work under the hinged baseplate (remember, only buy the EST version if you have a board that features the Channel. Otherwise go for the Re:Flex version).
However, when you do want to point it, it’s up to the task. All excess bulk has been stripped away, with a liberal use of nylon-based material that offers an impressive power-to-weight ratio. The cushioning found underfoot is Burton’s most advanced, with EVA foam that is designed to protect your feet from getting too knackered over uneven terrain.
Getting in an out is a breeze thanks to the double-sided ladders. The ankle strap also falls away when unfastened, giving your boot the all-clear when it’s time to get buckled in.
For those who favour aggressive riding, the Burton Genesis EST is one to consider – and if you want something even stiffer, you can pick up the brand new Genesis X for £40 more.