If you browse though online stores, you probably have noticed, that Burton offers most of their bindings in two versions: EST or Re:Flex. Find out the differences and if Burton EST bindings are the right choice for you.
BURTON EST BINDINGS
Snowboards have different mounting systems and it would be quite annoying to find out that your new bindings don´t fit on your board. Mostly though, they are all compatible and vary only slightly.
Having said this, we come to Burton’s channel system. All Burton snowboards come with this mounting system which simply gives you a bigger variety in stances or at least, it makes it much easier to change your stance.
No matter what binding you have, if it´s compatible with the channel system, you only use two screws instead of four to mount them on your snowboard. That means less contact area which results in more flexibility of the board.
The differences of an EST binding
They only fit on snowboards with the channel system and from what I know, at the moment that is exclusively found on Burton snowboards.
The srews to mount the bindings are located outside of the footbed. Therefore you have no plastic under your foot at all which is replaced with more cushioning. That´s why the EST bindings of Burton have improved and overall nicer footbeds.
Further, the area between binding and board that is locked together with the screws is minimized, compared to disc bindings. That gives the board again more room to fully flex from tip to tail.
It´s also much easier to set up or change your stance. Simply loose the two screws, and you can slide your bindings back and forth as well as changing your angles. If you´re happy, tighten them up again and your good to go.
Some of the EST bindings come with Burton´s Hinge technology for more pop! Double check for the binding you are interested in. Get some visual support with the two videos below!
The Hinge in detail
The channel explained by Dave from Burton
Stop it! … just tell me what to buy
Fair enough if you simply want to ride and not deal with all the details. The good thing is, I can give you a recommendation – but the choice still might not be that easy!
It´s quite simply!
In case you ride a snowboard with the channel mounting system AND you want to stick with it – go for the EST version.
You will end up with a nicer footbed and a much easier to handle mounting system – but you are limited to Burton snowbaords. If you fancy a new board next season from a differenct manufacture, your EST bindings are not going to fit!
And that´s pretty much it. To be fair, if the small differences can be felt by everyone is questionable. The better choice is probably always the Re:Flex, simply because it leaves you all the freedom of riding every board out there. I also think that the average snowboarder tends to change his board more often than his bindings, but that´s just a guess really.
If you don´t mind being bound to Burton, why not get a binding that is engineered to work perfectly together with their boards. But since the differences are small, you might as well leave yourself all options and stick with the Re:Flex model – the prices are the same!
I hope that helps and as always, let us know what you think! Drop your thoughts and questions in the comments below, I will get back to you! Check out my other posts, like the 2018 Burton Cartel!