Here it is, the new BURTON GENESIS binding – and it looks good! The Genesis has been a name in the industry for a long time and with the new version, Burton promises the most comfortable binding ever while having the strength and performance to meet the high demands of their own team riders. So let´s get into the Burton Genesis Review.
Burton Genesis Review
Designed as an all-mountain binding, the new Burton Genesis is for the advanced to expert rider.
It comes made of a high-tech composite formula to keep it lightweight while being strong and durable.
With a medium FLEX (6/7), it offers you the response you need to go fast and steep on slopes as well as in the backcountry. Although, Burton made it slightly softer than the earlier models leaving you enough freedom for freestyle session, too.
It has an improved anatomical design that follows the natural way of your legs while securing you firmly but comfortable on your board with the hammock straps. The highback is made of two pieces and is called the kickback hammock. It basically works like a built-in suspension and protects you from vibrations without lacking response! They seriously put something great together here, not easy to keep a quite stiff 18% short-glass / nylon highback so comfortable!
Like most of Burtons bindings you can get the Re:Flex or the EST version. The EST only fits on Burtons very own mounting system called the channel. If you have such a board, it does make sense to go that one. It reduces the contact area between binding and board, gives you the biggest variety of choosing your stance and reveals the boards true flex from tip to tail.
Although, that means you are committed to Burton since your binding are not going to fit anywhere else. If that doesn´t bother you, go for the EST!
The Genesis comes with everything Burton has to offer, to give you the best experience you can ask for. This pair of bindings keep you riding! Before we have a detailed look on the features, let´s see if this binding might be something for you!
Who is it for?
While it´s with 350$ not the cheapest binding on the market, we want to make sure it´s the right one that suits your needs. Like mentioned, it is designed as an all-mountain binding, so is it the right choice for everyone? Well, unless the only thing you do is jumping out of helicopters or focus on kickers all day, it technically is. For your dollars you get all the Burton knowledge and newest technologies put together to a comfortable and overall fantastic binding.
This binding is the right choice if you:
focus on not really having a focus
- you change the terrain during the day or simply can have only one set of gear. The Genesis is top-shelf and won´t let you down – doesn’t matter what you throw at it.
about to buy your very first own binding
- after all that rental gear it’s time for you own stuff and it´s supposed to keep you happy for a long time.
you are not happy with your set up
- your bindings are outdated or just uncomfortable and you don´t want this to happen again. With the Genesis, you get one of the most advanced bindings on the market!
Consider another one if you:
just started snowboarding
- these bindings might be a bit over the top. First, find out more about your own style. Although, if you have the spare dollars, go for it! People tend to learn better on soft bindings but nothing is set in stone, really.
ride specific terrain
- you highly focus on freestyle or free ride? Then there might be better options out there. Are you freestyle orientated? Check out the Malavita! Or you can get the Genesis in the stiffer, carbon infused version Genesis X if you´re after nothing but the steep runs!
This is as always just to give you an idea! Please drop any questions you have in the comments below the post and I will get back to you!
Features in detail
The Burton Genesis comes with the Re:Flex™ disc for mounting it either on the 4×4 or the channel system. It literally fits on every board out there!
The EST version only fits on Burton boards but gives you the perfect combination of binding and board. If you don´t mind to be committed to Burton boards, go for the EST version.
In case you might want to ride something else at one point, stick with the Re:Flex!
Medium to stiff response around 6 -7! (find out more about flex here). True all-mountain performance that leaves the choice which terrain is next up to you!
- Re:Flex – Comes with a fully cushioned AutoCant footbed. It automatically aligns your ankles, knees and hips which results in a much more comfortable stance – no matter how wide apart you ride your bindings.
- EST – Comes with a similar AutoCant footbed as well. The EST version although, doesn’t need any material for the mounting system under your foot which can be replaced with more cushioning. That results in the more advanced Sensory footbed!
The EST Version comes with Burtons Hinge system and is made of a dual component baseplate for more response in the lower part and more flex in the upper part. Check out the video about the hinge to see how the EST-unique feature works.
Made of a quite stiff 18% short-glass/nylon composite on the outside for immediate response. The mash on the inside of the highback is made of a soft material that wrap your boots in comfort, while the spring that connects those two pieces, works as a built-in suspension.
That results in outstanding comfort on a stiff and response highback, made for quick and powerful edge-to-edge transitions.
You can ride every Burton binding with 0° forward lean and you can adjust it without any tools pretty much on the go.
The Burton Hammockstrap™ is made out of one, thin piece to give you great durability and response. No stitches can become loose and the cross spine technology connects you more direct to your board. The good thing is, the spine that ensures the response, has no direct contact with the strap or your boots – that means no worries about pressure points!
The moment you open your buckles, Burton FlexSlider lets your ankle strap fully flip open what makes it way easier to get back in! Definitely a nice little extra.
Just like the ankle strap, the Super Grip Capstrap™ is one piece, combining two materials into one advanced strap, that can be used as a toe- or cap strap. No stitches or glue ensure it does the job for a long time
Double Take Buckles Featuring Insta-Click – Faster engagement and therefore no more struggling to get to that first click! Helical teeth tighten you up faster! Hard to put into words, so check out the short clip below to understand this strong and quick system.
great binding, great technologies
The Genesis has made itself a name over the years and it’s continuing doing so with the latest release. For your bucks you get an all-mountain binding that truly feels comfortable in every terrain. Are you looking for something more playful and freestyle-focused? Check out my review about the NOW IPO or the Burton Malavita.
Matt from the-House.com gives another quick overview
Do you have any questions or are you riding this binding? Leave a comment below! I will get back to you and appreciate any kind of input!
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