A beginner binding for all levels, that doesnt make any sense, you think? Well, the Burton Custom does that. It´s been around for about 20 years now and constantly evolved to become of the best bindings to start with. With it´s soft flex it copes with almost every terrain, while being forgiving enough to give you some room for failure. Let´s have a closer look and check out this Burton Custom Bindings Review.
BURTON CUSTOM BINDINGS REVIEW
For a beginner binding, the Burton Custom is with it´s 200 dollars quite expensive and actually, that´s a fact for all the Burton gear out there. The price tag surely has a strong influence on our decision, which binding we are going to choose. I was never a fan of a specific brand – not in snowboarding, nor any other industry. In the end, all what counts is the product itself. I do have to say though…
… Burton really stands for phrases like “you get what you pay for”.
The Custom is a playful, quite soft and forgiving binding that is focused on the beginner to intermediate rider. It gives you a decent setup for carving as well, but surely feels the best with a more mellow ride. The soft flex creates a kind of surfy ride, that eases out your unintentional maneuvers. With time, we want to see some progress, increase our skill and therefore need some response from the board. Overall softness is nice and comfortable, but too much ends up in a ride without you having much control of it.
That´s why the Burton Custom comes with a quite simple one-piece highback, to let you feel just right what´s going on. Like all Burton Bindings, you can ride it with 0° forward lean to give you freedom and a comfortable stand. If you change your mind and want to go fast, it´s easily adjustable through MicroFLAD™ for quicker turns and more response.
The Custom comes in two versions, the Re:Flex and the EST. Burton has it´s own mounting system called the channel and the EST models of their bindings only fit on these. The good part about this system is that it does minimise the contact are between binding and board and therefore the board can fully flex from tip to tail. It also gives you the widest variety in choosing your stance.
The downside with the EST is that you are fully committed to Burton while the Re:Flex model fits on every board out there – the choice is up to you! If you don´t think about buying a board by a different brand in the near future – then go for the EST.
Who is it for?
The focus for this binding is on the, let´s say confident beginner. The Burton Custom is a solid, high quality binding that has everything you need to explore the mountain, giving you all the freedom of trying different terrain. At this stage, you can´t and don´t want to specify on a way of riding – but you need a solid start to improve your skills and find your own style 🙂
Maybe you clocked in a couple of hundred km´s on the slope already and now want a less pricey all-mountain binding that keeps you happy for a long time.
Pick it if you:
Just started snowboarding, now it´s time for your own gear
- Rental.. is rental! Having your own gear is a game changer and this is the right binding to start with!
Are on a budget
- The Custom is not for beginner only! If you want all-terrain flexibility for under 200 bucks, that’s the one.
Like it simple
- Not everyone needs tons of specs and technology. You get good quality that covers basic needs for your holidays
Consider a different one if you:
Are going fast
- In case you spend the most time on your edges, get something stiffer. For intense carving the Custom is too flexible.
You know what you want
- If you know how you ride and what is important for you, get a binding that really suits your needs. Even if you ride all-mountain, there are better options – but for a few more dollars. The custom is quite soft, possibly too soft for intermediate to advanced riders.
This is just to give you an idea! Please leave a comment if you are unsure and I will get back to you!
The features in detail
The 2018 Burton Custom comes with the Re:Flex mounting system or in the EST version. The Re:Flex will fit on any board out there, the EST version is limited to Burtons own system called the channel.
Soft and forgiving FLEX that works all over the mountain. Goes great together with a more mellow rider. Check out my post about FLEX to choose the perfect one for you.
The Re:Flex model comes with a fully cushioned footbed for great comfort and includes an adjustable gas pedal!
Since the EST model doesn’t need any plastic under your foot to mount it on the board, it leaves more room for extra cushioning. That results in a more advanced footbed called the ShredBed!
To give you immediate response in that overall soft binding, the highback is made of one-material. It follows the natural way of your legs to give you better control and more comfort. The Custom allows you to ride with 0° forward lean and that can be adjusted tool-less in seconds through the MicroFLAD™ technology. That´s nothing else but the black lever you see on the highback on the image below. You can make really small adjustments.
The Reactstrap™ is 3D curved and sits nicely around your boots for great response. For you to get in easier and faster, it pops out of the way through a little hinge. That is called FlexSlider and is built into the strap. No more struggling to move the ankle strap out of your way.
The Gettagrip Capstrap™ is conformable as a toe strap, too. Also 3D curved for a firm but pressure-free fit.
Both straps are fully adjustable to center them over your boots. Solid and comfortable.
Smooth Glide Buckle Technology with aluminum levers and steel bases. Strong and durable for long-lasting and easy buckling – over and over again.
– Upshot –
Covers basic needs, but that really well.
The Burton Custom went through years and years of improvement. It´s a great all-mountain binding for beginners to intermediates and they can stay on your board even beyond that point. Great as your first bindings, great if you´re on a budget. Are you looking for a more advanced binding? Check out my review about the Burton Mission, the Cartel, the Malavita or the Genesis.
The Custom ist relatively soft and made for a layed-back ride with room to explore different terrain. If you want a comfortable, forgiving and solid binding without all the extra technologies (and dollars), the Burton Custom fits perfectly on your board.
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If you have any further questions, leave them below in the comments. Also, do you have any experience with the Burton Custom? Let us know!
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