Hello and welcome to my Burton Genesis binding review.
As with all the reviews on SnowboardingProfiles.com the Genesis will be rated specifically as a particular type of binding – in this case all mountain bindings – and will be given a total scoreout of 100.
Bindings: Burton Genesis Re:Flex
Style: All Mountain
Other Uses: Freestyle
Flex: Medium (5 out of 10)
Smart rating score: 90.5/100
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 Genesis ranked 1st out of 25!
Check out the table below for the available sizes for the Genesis.
|Size||Fits Men’s US Boot Sizes||Euro Boot Sizes||UK Boot Sizes|
|S||5.0 - 8.5||37.0 - 41.0||4.0 - 7.5|
|M||8.0 - 11.0||40.5 - 44.0||7.0 - 10.0|
|L||10.0 & up||43.0 & up||9.0 & up|
Who are the Genesis Bindings Most Suited to?
The Genesis are prefect for anyone who wants one set of bindings that can do everything. Whether that be play around with freestyle or ride at speed down some steeps, through trees or bombing bowls.
The Genesis are also particularly versatile across a board range of different boards. The way they flex with the board makes them compatible with more boards than your typical binding.
So if you have more than one board but want just one pair of bindings that will work well for each board, then the Genesis are a great choice for that.
When Rated as other types of bindings the Genesis scored:
- As All-Mountain Bindings = 90.5/100
- As Freestyle Bindings = 91/100
- As Freeride Bindings = 82/100
- As Beginner Bindings = 77/100
So as you can see they’d be just as good as freestyle bindings and hold their own as freeride bindings – though to score better as freeride bindings they’d need to be more responsive.
The Genesis in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Genesis are capable of.
Bindings: Burton Genesis 2017, Medium
Date: April 9th, 2016
Conditions: Hard packed in the morning with some icy spots. Turned to slush in the afternoon
Bindings angles: +18/-6
The Genesis’ have a flex rating of 5 out of 10. This is a nice middling flex which is great for the all mountain rider that likes to do a bit of everything on the mountain.
And whether you go with the Re:Flex or EST version you should get great board feel so you can really feel the flex of the board too.
I rode the Genesis with a medium-soft flexing board and a medium-stiff flexing board and they were great with both.
As a rule of thumb it’s a good idea to match the flex of your bindings pretty closely with the flex of your board.
However, with the Genesis there is a bit more leeway with this – depending on your style you could match them with a softer flexing or stiffer flexing board and still be good. Which makes this a really versatile binding to use if you want one set of bindings to be used on 2 or more boards.
As is typically the case with Burton bindings, the Genesis are highly adjustable so you can get the fit just right for you. You can rotate the highback (so that’s it’s in line with the board’s edge), which not all bindings do, and easily adjust the forward lean of the highback.
The ankle and toe straps are also adjustable so that you can have it super tight if you like it that way – or with a looser fit.
A majority of the adjustments are tool-less too so you can make adjustments on the fly to tweak them for the perfect fit. I found the adjustments easy to make.
Let’s Break this text up with a video
This video is for the 2016 model but all the info is still relevant for the 2017 model.
As with most Burton bindings these days the ratchet systems are really smooth making it easy to strap in and to release the straps when exiting.
In addition to this, the 2015 versions of the Genesis brought in a new technology which allows the ankle strap to open right out and not spring back over the binding. This makes it easier to get into the binding and also makes it less likely to step on the ankle strap. The 2016 and 2017 models have kept this feature.
These bad boys are loaded with foam and gel shock absorption. So if you do plenty of jumps or ride a lot in rough snow then the Genesis should treat you well.
This also means they are a bit easier on the body making them more comfortable, particularly if you are doing a fair bit of park riding.
It’s not necessarily always the case with bindings that have a 5 out of 10 flex rating that they will butter/press well. But the Genesis bindings manage to be great butterers. This is due to the way these bindings flex with the board (as mentioned in the flex section above).
Check out the video below to learn more about the butterability of these bindings (amongst other things).
I found the Genesis to be super comfortable. There isn’t much bad to say about these bindings really – they seem to have everything – which is what all-mountain bindings tend to aim for, but usually come up short in one or two areas. So far the Genesis aren’t showing any weaknesses.
The comfort of these bindings comes down to a few things. Check out the video earlier in this post for more.
- They have a canted footbed which allows your body to have better alignment through your hips, knees and ankles and is nicer on your body. A lot of high-end bindings do have canted footbeds these days – and the Genesis are no exception.
- The ankle straps are designed to minimize the chances for any pressure points and they did a great job for me. They molded well to my boots and I could hardly notice them there, but at the same time there was a nice firm fit.
- As a whole the Genesis are super light weight which is nice, particularly whilst you’re riding the lifts.
- Also, all of that padding, as mentioned in the shock absorption above, adds to the comfort.
Responsivenes & Boot Support
In a lot of ways you could mistake these bindings for freestyle bindings with all that shock absorption and great butterability – and they make awesome freestyle bindings if that’s what you’re looking for. These bindings were awesome when going through the park or doing other tricks around the resort.
But they also have some really decent response, which you need in a true all-mountain binding.
This response is in part helped by the ‘hammock’ that sits in front of the highback. This hammock grips your boots to add to response, particularly on toe-side turns.
The ankle and toe straps also grip and mold well to your boots and that also helps with responsiveness and boot support.
Overall, the have a mid level responsiveness. However, like I mentioned earlier – these bindings will respond depending on the response of the board – which is always the case, but even more so with the Genesis.
So you’re responsiveness is more dependent on the board you choose than it would be with a lot of other bindings. Which, again, makes these a great versatile binding and especially good if you only want one set of bindings for multiple boards.
O.k. now let’s take a look at the score breakdown for the Genesis.
Because the Genesis come in both Re:Flex and EST I have scored both separately as both have a slightly different feel – but either one will be a great performing and really comfortable set of bindings for any all-mountain rider.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
This score was enough for the Burton Genesis to get the #1 spot in my top 5 all-mountain bindings list!
The Genesis are high end bindings and they do come with a high end price. But in my opinion you definitely get what you pay for, and then some!
Where to Buy/User Reviews
The Genesis are a really popular binding (and with good reason!) so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding them.
Check out the links below for more info, users reviews, current prices and availability.
- Burton Genesis Re:Flex at blue-tomato (UK/Europe)
- Burton Genesis EST at blue-tomato (UK/Europe)