Hello and welcome to this Burton Citizen bindings review. In this review the Citizens will be rated to see how good a choice they are as beginner bindings for women.
The bindings will be put through SnowboardingProfiles.com’s specific women’s beginner bindings rating system and be given a score out of 100.
What the Review will Look At
The Citizens will be judged on the following important beginner binding factors:
- Boot Support
O.k. let’s get into it!
Bindings: Burton Citizen
Price: See current price
Smart rating score: 92.7/100
Flex: Medium-Soft (3 out of 10)
It’s really important that beginner bindings aren’t too stiff because they will be unforgiving of errors and make it hard to manoeuvre. In my opinion a medium-soft flex is ideal for beginners.
The Citizen’s have a medium-soft flex so this is ideal for beginners. In number terms they have a flex rating of 3/10 (with 1 being the softest and 10 being the stiffest).
The bindings are also fitted with Burton’s Re:Flex baseplate technology – which essentially means that the bindings will flex more naturally with the board.
The Citizen’s have plenty of adjustability with tool-less high-back lean, toe and ankle strap adjustments.
They also come with the option of baseplate discs to fit on standard 4 hole mounting system boards (most boards on the market), Burton’s 3D mounting system or Burton’s Channel system – so you’ll be able to pair these bindings with any snowboard on the market.
As is typical with Burton bindings the ratchet system for the toe and ankle straps is pretty smooth so you won’t have any trouble getting in and out of the Citizen’s quickly and easily.
You should also find the Citizens pretty comfortable. They have a good amount of EVA padding on the base and some nice padding on the ankle straps.
They don’t have a canted footbed (canted footbeds basically angle your feet in and help to align your ankles, knees and hips for a more comfortable ride) which would make them even more comfortable – but that’s definitely not expected in this price range.
Speaking of price – these bindings come with one more awesome feature – they won’t break the bank!
The price of these bindings is really quite unbelievable, considering the quality you get. In this price range nothing comes close in women’s bindings. And they not only have a great price tag but they have all the qualities you want for beginner riders.
The Citizen’s achieve a great balance between responsiveness and being forgiving which works really well for beginners.
They also have some decent boot support which means you can them wrapped nice and snug around your boots for a nice supported feel without being too tight.
Changes for 2016 Model
There have been a couple of minor upgrades from the 2015 to 2016 model.
- Addition of the “flex slider” this opens up the ankle strap to make it easier to get your foot in. This was introduced on Burton’s higher end bindings and is now on all their bindings.
- 3 new colorways
Otherwise they’re the same great bindings they were in last year’s model.
O.k. let’s see how the Citizen’s scored overall.
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That’s an awesome score – especially for such well priced bindings. No wonder they made my list of the top 5 women’s beginner bindings.
Value for Money
Like I alluded to earlier – the Citizen’s are great bindings that are well suited to beginners and come with an awesome price-tag.
At a recommended price of just USD$139 they are one of the cheapest I’ve seen – but are still of really decent quality.
This is perhaps, at least in part, due to the way Burton trickles down the technology of their high end, high priced bindings into the lower end. However they’ve achieved bindings like this at this price, it seems to have worked.
And often you’ll be able to get them cheaper than the recommended price to. So yeah, hands down value for money on these suckers!
Thanks for reading
Thanks for checking out my Burton Citizen binding review and I hope this has helped you in your decision.
If you are looking for more women’s beginner binding options check out the link below.