Hello and welcome to my Burton Escapade EST Bindings review.
In this review I will take a look at the Escapade EST as all-mountain snowboard bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Escapade EST a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other women's all-mountain bindings.
Bindings: Burton Escapade EST 2024
Price: $379 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 90.9/100
Compared to other Women’s All-Mountain Bindings
Out of the 15 women’s all-mountain bindings that we rated:
* this is based on 2023 ratings. Note that the Escapade EST score has been updated for this review. These specs will all be updated once all the 2024 scores are fully compiled.
Overview of the Escapade EST’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Escapade EST’s specs and available sizes.
US WOMEN'S BOOT SIZE
EURO BOOT SIZE
UK BOOT SIZE
Who are the Escapade EST Most Suited To?
First of all, they are only suitable for anyone with a board with a channel mounting system - or plans to buy a board with a channel mountain system. The EST model of the Escapade will only mount to channel boards (there is also a "Re:Flex" version will mount to 2 x 4 and 4 x 4 boards).
Besides that they are a great binding for those looking for a mid-flex but high-end, high quality binding that strikes a really good balance between playful and aggressive riding.
They are versatile and match well to boards anywhere from a 4/10 to 7/10 flex, which is a large majority of women's boards out there.
Still too stiff to be a great choice for a beginner, but work really well for intermediate riders as well as advanced to expert riders.
The Escapade EST in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Escapade EST are capable of.
Bindings: Burton Escapade EST 2024, Medium
Date: March 9, 2023
Sunny with clouds. Visibility 100%.
Temperature: Around 0°C (32°F) in the morning but more like -6°C (21°F) with wind chill. 15kph (10mph) Easterly winds in morning. 1°C (34°F) in the afternoon, -4°C (25°F) with wind chill. 15kph (10mph) NE winds..
24 hour snow: 0.4" (1cm)
48 hour snow: 0.8" (2cm)
7 day snow: 13" (33cm)
On groomer: Hard packed but not icy. Well groomed for the most part and stayed pretty consistent throughout the day, getting a little cruddy towards the end but nothing too bad.
Off groomer: Not ideal. A little icy/crunchy in most parts. Doable but not super fun.
Bindings angles: +12/-9
Stance Width: 530mm (20.9″)
Board demoed with: Burton Talent Scout
Baseplate Length: 22cm (8.7”) – that’s measured on the top of the footbed. 21cm (8.3") on the underside of the baseplate.
Highback Height: 18cm (7”)
Weight: 760 grams (1lb, 11oz)
* for one binding, including screws and disc. The average weight of a small sample size of women's bindings that we've weighed (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 models) is 825 grams (1lb 13oz). The Escapade EST are lighter than average, but felt normal weight on snow.
Rider Height: 5'4 (163cm)
Rider Weight: 130lbs (58kg)
Rider Boot Size: US Women's 8 (Burton Limelite)
A really good balance between being good for turns at slower speeds and for carves at higher speeds. Does both really well.
You can feel the board flex undefoot really well. The way the EST has you so close to the board and the way it moves with the board is great for those looking for good board feel.
I found that the ollie power was about the same as my control bindings. Felt normal overall.
Heel Cup: No
Stance Width: Because you're mounting to the channel (which you have to do with these as they're EST bindings), the stance width adjustments are about as micro as you can get! You can have pretty much any stance width you want, down to the mm, within the scope of the max and min stance widths of the channel's length.
Highback Lean: Yes and toolless.
Ankle Strap Position: Yes – and 3 different positions.
Toe Strap Position: Yes – 2 different positions.
Ankle and toe strap length: Tool-less adjustments
Gas pedal/toe ramp extension: Yes
Highback Rotation: Yes - around 2cm of movement possible on each side
Compatible with: Channel Only
Whilst the footbed isn't very thick, as is the case on EST bindings, the shock absorption was still pretty good.
Whilst it's not thick, there's some nice plush, spingy feeling padding there. There’s padding on top of and underneath various sections of the footbed. Padding is focused around the toes, forefoot and heel sections.
Overall very comfortable bindings.
Ankle Strap: Molded really nicely to my boots and no pressure points.
Toe Strap: Ditto ankle strap.
Canted Footbed: Yes
Padded Footbed: See shock absorption section
Highback: The Escapade EST has their Hammock back highback. So there's a little hammock right in front of the highback, where your boot sits against. This was very comfortable and no calf bite, which is the main thing.
I found they supported my ankles really well. And with the 3 ankle strap position options, if you wanted more ankle support you could get it by shifting the position higher up the ankle.
Really nice smooth ratchets on both ankle and toe straps. And super easy to release, while at the same time feeling very secure when strapped in.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
SLOW SPEED RESPONSE
TOTAL after normalizing
The Escapade EST are high quality bindings with a feel that's typically reserved for stiffer bindings. They are comfortable adjustable and strike a great balance between fast and slow riding, while also being very capable for freestyle riding, with good board feel and shock absorption.
If you're looking for a high-end binding but in a medium flex and have a channel board (or are looking to get one), then the Escapade EST are a great choice, IMO.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Escapade EST, are ready to buy or want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Escapade EST compares to other women’s all-mountain bindings or want to check out some other options in that category, check out the next link.