Like strapping your boots into a Stealth Fighter
The Burton Diode EST Binding is what you get when the Big B decides to show off just how far it can push binding tech. The carbon fiber highback yields incredibly direct feedback, and the crazy-light, super-stiff carbon composite baseplate employs The Hinge for a touch of lateral flex. It gets better when you factor in the new Hammockstrap, which forgoes bulky padding in favor of an engineered rubber ankle strap that's light and comfortable. The helical teeth and Insta-Click technology of the Double Take buckles provide solid heel-hold and precise adjustability. Basically, you're looking at the most responsive EST binding on the planet. Naturally the blacked-out look doesn't hurt either. If your board has The Channel mounting system, and you're looking Skunk Works-level tech, this is it. The Diode is dialed.
- Ultra-lightweight asymmetrical carbon fiber Hi Back
- EST baseplate featuring The Hinge and carbon fiber/nylon construction
- Removable ShredBED 3.0 cushioning system
- Hammockstrap asymmetrical heel strap
- Gettagrip Capstrap toe strap
- Double Take buckles featuring Insta-Click
- Tool-free forward lean adjust
- Compatible with The Channel mounting system only
Share your thoughts
Good binding if you have EST
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm happy with this binding, but there's a few things that could be improved. It's strong and stiff, which is the way I like my bindings. The straps are good quality and look like they will last a while. The footbeds are easy to remove although I leave them in.
I don't have a problem with needing a tool to make adjustments as I always carry one anyway. The only annoying thing with adjusting is that the bit you need for the ICS screws needs to be quite long as the 'rails' the screws sit in are quite high, that's definitely a design flaw.
I used to have cartels and I was expecting these to be lighter than those, but they're not.
Top of the line binding? Not impressed.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This binding is cool looking but it doesn't have some of the nice tech of lower end bindings. For example, the forward lean adjustment is impossible to adjust without tools! It has an extremely tight clamp and then you are manually sliding a metal square on raised ridges like you did 10 years ago. Burton has much better adjusters and this isn't one of them.
The ratchets did not work well for me. One of them would only tighten 2/3 of the way and was impossible to crank down. I tried two different ratchet straps with no luck. I'm hoping it was just a fluke but it could be this new technology isn't dialed in yet. So if you really like to crank down your boots on big runs, this may not be the binding for you.
Didn't seem very light. It was very stiff though and it looks cool.
I returned it and got the Genesis instead. (I hope the ratchet works better).
Anyone in a size 10 boot feel the Medium...
Anyone in a size 10 boot feel the Medium binding is too small? I ran a 10 driver X and a medium diode and feel the gas pedal was not totally under my toe, resulting in loss of toe side response.
Any one run a large Burton binding with a size 10 Burton boot? If so, do you feel too sloppy side to side? I feel a size 10 is stuck between a med and lg. arg...
I wear the Burton Hail in a size 10 and have used them with the Burton Diode EST Snowboard Binding in a Large. I know what you mean about a 10 being between sizes in this binding, but the Large binding fit me great and I had no issues with sloppiness or lack of feel. If you are at all hesitating about size I would definitely recommend the Large based on personal experience.