When Burton designed the Genesis EST Snowboard Binding, they wanted to make a pro-level binding that was “the most comfortable binding ever”. Maximized flex, feel, and adjustability are achieved through the combination of anatomical elements, advanced composites, and the latest in hi-back and strap design.
The Burton Genesis EST Snowboard Binding work seamlessly with the Light Rail System built into the Burton Family Tree Dump Truck Snowboard.
One thing to note is that EST bindings are only compatible with Burton ICS boards. EST stands for Extra Sensory Technology and is due to the “baseless” nature of these bindings; removing the base plate allows for better board feel and a lower centre of gravity. The ICS (Infinite Channel System) boards feature two channels down the centre of the board instead of the traditional screw holes. This system allows for much finer binding positioning adjustments as opposed to being limited by pre-drilled holes. In terms of compatibility, many traditional bindings are compatible with an adaptor (sold separately) so they can be used with the ICS boards, but as mentioned above, EST® bindings are only compatible with ICS boards.
If the channel system isn’t for you, or if you’re already in a relationship with another board, this binding is available in an “across-the-board” compatible system so you can still have all these features while sticking with the traditional mounting system. The only difference between the two versions is that The Hinge is only available on the EST model.
The Hinge is exactly what it sounds like: a pivot point that is integrated on either side of your foot. This Burton-exclusive technology allows for the dynamic flexing of the binding so that it moves with your foot thus accommodating a range of motion and reducing fatigue. This system is combined with dual-component baseplate construction which uses more rigid materials on the lateral edges than underfoot, and the outcome is enhanced board feel and response.
Canted hi-backs follow the natural contours of the left and right leg respectively. The resulting ergonomic design adds comfort and increases control. For riders who prefer a surfier, more playful feel, a zero forward lean option is available which can be quickly adjusted when quicker control is desired. This adjustment is controlled quickly and tool-free with the MicroFLAD™ system that allows for both micro and macro adjustments.
The Kickback Hammock is an upgraded version of the Heel Hammock that is literally hi-back suspension. This new lighter-weight shock absorber reduces vibration and increases response by allowing an internal spring and a rubber “hammock” to interact dynamically. Not sure what I mean? Check out this quick video:
Baseplate: 18% Short-Glass/Nylon composite Spar 30% Short-Glass/Nylon composite Lower
Hi-Back: 18% Short-Glass/Nylon composite
If you haven’t made the switch to a splitboard, or if you get up the hill on a sled but ride down on a board, you’re going to want solid bindings to go with that solid board. If you have a board with the channel mounting system, you might as well get these bindings. If you don’t have the channel system, take a look at the non-EST version of this binding.
The right binding can really make a difference in your ride, and these were comfortable and responsive right away. I really love the move away from fabric straps with the Hammockstrap with Flex Slider and Supergrip Capstrap. Fabric straps end up getting torn up and looking tattered later in their life time but with these all plastic straps that will never happen. The best part is that that durability comes with no sacrifice to comfort or performance.
Another thing I really like about these bindings is the adjustability. They can be adjusted in any way you could possibly desire and allow for both micro and macro adjustments with equal ease. The EST system is definitely the easiest and fastest mounting system that allows for the most adjustability.
The perfect companion to the Burton Genesis EST Snowboard Binding is the Burton Ion Boa Snowboard Boots and the Burton Family Tree Dump Truck Snowboard.
Price: $449.99CAN / $349.95US
Colours: Black, Red prophesy, Painted wood
Sizes: S, M, L
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