Even as they spin several plates, and push the tech envelope wherever they can (thanks in part to their amazing R&D facility at their Vermont headquarters), Burton tend to know when they’re on to a good thing. The Burton Lexa women’s binding is a prime example – with so many loyal converts, it’d be madness to tinker with it too much.
The 2016/17 Burton Lexa retains the improvements that were made to it last year, the most notable being the asymmetrical ankle strap. Low-profile and supportive, this can also be swapped with the one on the other foot, in order to change the flex-to-support balance that the Lexa gives you. You can therefore fine-tune this all-rounder when you know exactly what you’re going to be doing on the hill.
The straps are free from superfluous padding, but there’s plenty of it where you need it most. The baseplate is cushioned withdual-density EVA and B3 gel, which bears the brunt of big impacts in the park and everyday vibrations alike.
Another thing we’re happy to see on the Burton Lexa once again is the animal-print style – which this year is, appropriately enough, based on a snow leopard.