Hello and welcome to my Burton Cartel bindings review.
This review will assess the Cartel’s for their suitability as all-mountain bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com they will receive a rating out of 100 based on a number of different factors.
Bindings: Burton Cartel Reflex
Flex: Medium (6 out of 10)
Smart rating score: 86/100
Compared to other Men’s All Mountain Bindings
Out of the 25 men’s all mountain bindings that I rated:
- The average price was $258 (USD)
- The average score was 76.7/100
- The highest score was 90.5/100
- The lowest score was 56.5/100
- The Cartels ranked 3rd out of 25
Check out the table below for the available sizes for the Cartels.
|Size||Fits Men’s US Boot Sizes||Euro Boot Sizes||UK Boot Sizes|
|S||6.0 - 8.0||36.0 - 41.0||5.0 - 7.0|
|M||8.0 - 11.0||41.0 - 44.0||7.0 - 10.0|
|L||10.0 & up||43.0 & up||9.0 & up|
Who are the CartelsMost Suited to?
The Cartels are great for anyone wanting that one pair of bindings that can do a bit of everything.
The ReFlex tech in the Reflex version and the EST tech in the EST version, mean that these binding flex well with the board they are on. For this reason, they are a great choice if you want just one pair of bindings but have multiple boards. These would be great for any board ranging from a medium-soft to a medium-stiff flexing board.
They are at a mid-range price point, so if you’ve got a reasonable budget but not a huge one, then the Cartels are a great choice if you want that all-mountain style binding.
The Cartels in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Cartels are capable of.
Bindings: Burton Cartel 2017, Medium
Date: April 9th, 2016
Conditions: Hard packed in the morning with some icy spots in shady areas. Turned to slush in the afternoon
Bindings angles: +18/+3
The Cartel’s have a flex on the stiffer side of medium (6/10).
This is just right for the all mountain rider that wants to do a bit of everything on the mountain.
They felt good in the park but also when you leaned into a carve or for more casual riding too on the groomers.
Burton bindings have a reputation for having great adjustability in their bindings. And the Cartel’s are no exception.
You can tweak these bad boys every which way to get the perfect fit.
There are 3 settings on the ankle straps so that you can have them wrapping really high around the ankle or drop them down for a freer feel. It’s totally up to you.
The toe strap also has 2 settings so they can also be tailored to suit.
It’s also super easy to adjust the highback lean and you can adjust the highback rotation so that you can line up the highback to be perpendicular to the board no matter what stance angle you go with.
The Cartels, like most Burton bindings, to be fair, are easy to get on and off. Typical of Burton they have a great, smooth ratchet system and that’s easy to ratchet up and undo the straps.
They also added a feature to the 2015 model that allows the ankle strap to open right out and stay open (the flex slider), rather than bouncing up as most ankle straps do. This is a nice feature so that you can get your foot in nice and quickly without the risk of standing on and breaking the strap.
Good to see that the 2016 and 2017 models have kept this feature.
This is mostly important for landing jumps in my opinion. Yes a bit of extra padding can help when riding through rougher snow or over ice, and to help with comfort, but you really notice it on landings.
The Cartel’s don’t disappoint here, with plenty of padding in the base plate, which really highlights why they are so great as an all rounder.
Check out the Video Below for more info
The Cartels have surprisingly good butterability for their flex.This is to do with the Re:Flex tech that helps the binding get the most out of the flex from the board – just the way it flexes with the board.
The EST version has even better butterability – also due to the way it connects the binding with the board in the channel system.
A couple of things make these really comfortable bindings.
- The ankle strap delivers nice even pressure – and the degree of adjustability means you can just the right pressure with no pressure points. It’s also nice and soft and light and contours well to your boots.
- It has a cantered foot bed (autocant) which has a harder surface for the outside of the foot and a softer surface for the inside of the foot. This automatically positions you in a way that aligns your body in a way that makes it a bit easier on your body for a more comfortable ride.
- That great shock absorption also helps to make the Cartel’s more comfortable
Let’s Break this Text Up for another Video
The Cartel’s have that mid-level responsiveness that you would expect from of a medium flexing binding.
Again, going back to the great adjustability of these bindings you can pretty much get whatever kind of boot support you want out of these bindings, without getting pressure points. I was able to really crank these down and get a nice firm fit or I could leave them a bit looser, which I like when going through the park.
Changes for 2017 Model
There have been a few changes for the Cartels for the 2017 model.
- New injection molded hammock ankle strap
- Double take buckles
- Slightly softer flexing but not by much – the 2016 model was rated as a 7/10 and the 2017s are rated as a 6/10. I didn’t notice any difference but maybe you’d have to ride them side by side to tell the difference, if any.
I love the strap on Burton’s Genesis bindings – and now the Cartel’s have it – great upgrade for the 2017 model.
Alright let’s check out how the Cartel’s scored overall in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
So, all round, just awesome all-mountain bindings that you’d expect a higher price for, given their quality.
No wonder the Cartel made my top 5 all mountain bindings list.
More Info, Current Price and Where to Buy
The Cartel’s are a really popular binding, and have been for years, so they tend to be easily available.
I found them in a few different stores and you can check them out in the links below.
- Burton Cartel Re:Flex at blue-tomato (UK/Europe)
- Burton Cartel EST at blue-tomato (UK/Europe)
- Burton Cartel at Amazon.ca (Canada)
Thanks for Reading
Thanks for reading my review of Burton’s Cartel snowboard bindings and I hope this has been helpful.
Any questions of comments very welcome in the comments section below.