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Progressive doesn't even begin to describe it.

The Burton Genesis EST binding is aptly named, in that it's been the first to receive a bunch of Burton's best tech. It all started with the Hammock Hi-Back, which employs a suspension cradle to give you tons of heel-edge control, blended with way more lateral freedom than you're used to, for a loose style and tweaked grabs. The ShredBED 3.0 removable pad take advantage of Burton's The Channel mounting system for unrestricted board feel with tons of padding to smooth out harsh landings. For this year it's updated with Hammockstrap heel straps, which forgoes the usual heavy padding in favor of a rubberized web that saves weight and is way more comfortable. That makes them an ideal match for the Gettagrip Capstrap toe straps. It all adds up to a more secure hold on your boot for better response without compromising comfort or freedom.

  • Zero-Lean Kickback Hammock Hi-Back with MicroFLAD
  • EST baseplate 30% short-flass/nylon composite
  • 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 snowboards only

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2 5

The new buckles are not ready for market

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

If you really like to crank your bindings down on steep runs, steer clear of the new Burton straps with angled ridges (double take buckles featuring insta-click). I had a lot of two I tested, but here is what I found....

...first I bought a pair of Diodes. One of the bindings would crank down solid, the other would crank down 2/3 of the way and then skip. I called Burton and they said that isn't normal. I returned the bindings and bought the Genesis (for other reasons).

These bindings look and feel a lot better than the Diodes both BOTH binding straps skip. It was impossible to tighten them as much as I like. When I am about to head into a steep run I like to really crank down my straps. Crank them down so you can feel the straps pressing against your feet and you know there is a solid connection. I don't ride this locked in all the time, but you know the runs when you need it. The bindings didn't deliver.

I thought my Diodes might be a fluke, but when I found that both of my Genesis ankle straps did this, it must be the design. Which is sad because it looks like all the 2014/2015 Burton bindings have this new ratchet. So pick yourself up some 2013/2014 bindings on close-out with the old straight-up ridges. They're better. ;)

Oh, one more thing....if you ride a lot you have probably had your ratchets go bad after a while. They make them a lot better now, but still every once in a while you will blow a spring and need a new ratchet which are easy to pick up from your local Burton shop. Well, with these new ratchets the ratchet is integrated into the entire strap. I didn't see any way to remove just the ratchet. I suppose the shops will have to stock the entire assembly, for what it's worth.

Too bad, with the exception of the ratchets, I would have kept the bindings! The new forward lean adjustment design on this binding is awesome! The simplest I have seen out there.

4 5

Great Bindings!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was really debating between getting the Genesis vs the Cartels. There seemed to be a lot more reviews on the cartels, but then again most people want to save a little money. I just want to best equipment for being awesome, regardless if it cost more. I feel like the rubber straps that hold my boot gives me more precise control, instead of having to transmit my movements through a padded material. I might get the Diodes too, just to see what all that stiffness is about.

5 5

Fun Binding

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used the 2013 model last season with my Sherlock and loved it. Nice and light, simple, not too much cushion but more comfy then most other bindings I've ridden. Plenty of control and great adjustability. The hinge system is super sick giving it a more skatey feel and making it easier to ollie, press, butter, etc. without having to sacrifice your high-back angles too much.

4 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have really been enjoying these binders! They feel like a cloud for your foot. The hammock highback grabs your boot and gives you a nice combo of support and flex. Overall it is great freeride/ all mtn binder.