The Burton Cartel forms together with the Malavita and the Mission the core of Burtons bindings range. They all come with a similar FLEX and are totally fine for every terrain. Where you can spot a difference is on the price tag, so let´s have a closer look and check out this Burton Cartel bindings review.
Like most of Burtons bindings, the Cartel sits in the medium range of flexibility. It´s designed to be an all-mountain binding and when you hear people speaking who are involved in Burtons production and research, you find out why. They simply believe you can ride every binding on every terrain – and basically I do think so too. In the end, it´s about personal preferences. So let me show you where the differences are! Check out my video below to get an overview, then get into the details with the full review!
Burton Cartel bindings review
The price for the Cartel sit´s between the Mission and the Malavita and has a 45% composite material instead of the 30% what makes it a little bit more responsive. It comes with the new 2.0 hammock straps which provides great comfort without lacking response and …
… exclusive on the Cartel, you get the new hammock strap paired with Burtons smooth glide buckles. They slide in super easy and leave you with more time riding!
The Burton Cartel binding has a relatively simple highback, similar to the Mission. The Malavita or the Genesis for instance, have a built-in suspension system for more comfort and grip. Although, a single-piece construction gives you great response and it´s fully cushioned of course!
The Cartel is available in two versions, the Re:Flex and the EST model. Burton has it´s own mounting system on their boards called the channel. The EST models of their bindings only fit on that but minimizes the contact area between binding and board and therefore reveal the boards true flex from tip to toe. It also gives you the biggest variety in choosing your stance but you are committed to one brand. If that doesn´t bother you, go for the EST. In case you might want to ride a nice NeverSummer like I do at one point? 😛 Stick with the Re:Flex!
You find the features of the Cartel further down, but first, let me try to give you an idea who this binding is for.
Who is it for?
The Cartel is for intermediate to advanced riders who are looking for great all-mountain performance in the mid price range.
This is your choice if you:
ride more than a weekend
- This is of course a great binding for everyone but if you got not more than two or three days on the snow, get something that is easier on your wallet – if you want…
want comfort without spending heaps
Don´t really know
- You want something solid than keeps you happy for a long time but can´t decide? You can´t go wrong with a pair of Burton Cartel!
Consider a different one if you:
- Learning is usually easier on something softer and maybe you are not even sure if snowboarding is your thing. Although, in case you are committed and confident, go for it and never worry again about buying a new one 🙂
highly focused on a terrain
- Like I said, you can ride every binding everywhere basically. But still, people tend to ride stiff for going fast and soft in the park. If you want to focus on one of these, think about other options.
As always, this is just to give you an idea. If you have questions, don´t hesitate to leave them in the comments below with some informations! I´m here and we will find the right binding 🙂
The features in detail
The EST version fits only on the channel system but gives you more freedom in your stance and more flex for your board since the contact area between board and binding is smaller.
The Re:Flex fits on every board out there. Even if you have a channel board, you might want to change that at one point and the Re:Flex always leaves the choice to you.
Right in the middle for the best all-mountain performance. This binding does everything great!
45% composite of short-glass and nylon. Bombproof and responsive yet playfull enough.
- Fully cushioned EVA footbed with B3 Gel that stays soft even in the coldest temperatures.
- AutoCant footbed that automatically adjust the angle of your feet. That results in a more natural and comfortable stance and is easy on your knees.
- The EST version doesn´t need any material under your foot what leaves more room for cushioning. That results in the more advanced SensoryBED footbed which includes an extra B3 Gel dampening pad for your heels. Overall the more comfortable footbed.
- AutoCant footbed just like on the Re:Flex version.
- The Hinge, unique on the EST, for more pop!
Relatively simply one-piece highback for immediate response. It´s canted design follows the natural stance of your feet for better support and more comfort.
You can ride it like every Burton binding with 0° forward lean which is adjustable without tools through a little dial in the highback.
The Cartel comes with the new 2.0 Hammockstrap™. An extremely comfortable ankle strap that is made of one piece so no stitches can become loose. It stays soft even in the coldest temperatures and the spine you can see floating over the strap, ensures immediate response without putting pressure on your foot.
The Cartel also comes with the Gettagrip Capstrap™. You can wear it as a cap strap as well as over your toes. It gives you a firm but pressure free fit and locks your heels in position.
A little hinge built into the strap called FlexSlider let´s the ankle strap flip fully to the side where it stays. That makes it much easier to get back in.
Exclusive on the Cartel, the Hammockstrap is paired with Burtons smooth glide buckles. They slide in super easy so you don´t have to crank down so much!
Aluminium, steel and polycarbonat are mixed together to build reliable buckles that hold you in tight, season after season!
– Upshot –
Not much you´re gonna miss
The Burton Cartel is the favourite binding of thousands of riders. It evolved over the years and in the 2018 model, Burton definitely lifted it´s performance to the next level. Top-notch ankle strap, a highly comfortable footbed and a buckle system that makes sure you spend time riding, not cranking!
Suits the confident rider who mastered the first turns and surely performs great far into advanced riding. Mount a pair of Cartel on your board and you are going to have fun – no worries.
Get a quick overview again by Matt from the-House.com
The House.com is a fantastic online store with great support and great prices – run by people who love what you love! Are you going for the Re:Flex or the EST? Click the links below!
In Europe, Blue-Tomato.com is delivering us with the equipment to keep the fun up!
Are you riding a pair of Cartel or have experience with any other Burton binding? Do you rather mount something completely different on your board? Let us know!
And remember, if you got any questions, drop them below in the comments and I will get back to you!
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