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Burton Women’s Step On 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

The Burton Step On snowboard bindings took the world by storm. Whether this was due to the excitement of a new product or the increased laziness of people is a conversation we’ll save for another day. Either way, the reason these bindings are still flying off the shelves is because they actually work.

If you look past the Step On technology, you’ll realise the bindings are as good as any other pair of Burton bindings. The FullBED cushioning system ensures a comfortable ride, while the rest of the baseplate provides both strength and flex to the binding. With highbacks more firm on the inside but flexier on the outside, the Step Ons make for the ideal pair of responsive all-mountain bindings.

“The FullBED cushioning system ensures a comfortable ride, while the rest of the baseplate provides both strength and flex to the binding”

Stepping into the Step Ons requires some getting used too though. Make sure you’ve stepped in properly, otherwise you’ll be wobbling around the slopes like someone who’s just discovered the sweet, sweet, joys of happy hour. Firstly, place your heel into the highback and then, once it is attached, press down your toes to attach them to the front of the binding. We know it doesn’t sound like rocket science but, believe us, you’ll want to double check you’re properly attached – especially when you’re first starting to use them.

Despite the Step Ons being compatible with any major mounting system, you should bear in mind that so far Burton is the only brand to produce Step On compatible snowboard boots. Make sure you try out the boots prior to buying the bindings, just to be sure they fit your feet.

Tester’s Verdict

Beth WakelingShredder

I’ll be honest I really didn’t want to test these Step On bindings, I’ve remained firmly in the ‘these are a stupid gimmick’ camp. So when I was tasked with taking them out for a spin it’s safe to say I was planning a ‘one and done’ kind of verdict. Although this review is about the bindings, I have to mention the boots as well because they have to go together. I don’t have much of a Burton foot, but the boots seemed to have a slightly higher instep than others I’ve tried, so were more my shape than I’ve experienced before.

“On piste they felt like normal bindings”

Getting the boots connected to the binding is really idiot proof, it didn’t take any special tricks or particular pressure. I tried my hardest to wiggle my foot out of the binding before getting started riding, hoping to catch them out somehow, but didn’t manage to get anywhere. I took it a little slower than usual at first, trying to test the water and admittedly I was a bit worried that for some reason they’d unclip and I’d find myself in a bit of a pickle.

After a warm up lap, I decided to go for it properly. On piste they felt like normal bindings, still responsive, no lack of control on the toe side which is what I was expecting. I assumed there would be a tiny delay getting onto my toes but it felt legit. I didn’t take any big slams wearing them, and I’d be curious to see for myself how they handled a real rag doll moment.

My gripe with them was in powder, after boot packing for a bit and trying to step in, I had some trouble trying to get attached when standing in deeper snow. It’s understandable as there wasn’t a secure base of snow to push onto, but it felt pretty sketchy. Overall, a really option for people who don’t want to bend/sit down or who maybe ride with skiers and want to be speedy getting started. Would I buy them? Probably not. It was more a mental block than anything else- looking down whilst riding to see no straps left me feeling a bit funky.

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