Hello and welcome to my Burton Step On Genesis bindings review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Genesis Step On as all-mountain-freeride snowboard bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Genesis Step On a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other all-mountain-freeride bindings.
NOTE: Since I had to test these with Step On boots, the ratings scores aren't as accurate as they would be, as I didn't have my normal control boots to test with (so any comparisons to my control bindings are tainted because of having to ride these with different boots).
So this review is a rougher indication than the other reviews, because some of what I felt could have been influenced by the differences provided by the step on boots I used to test the bindings.
Binding: Burton Step On Genesis 2022
Price: $TBA - these are new for 2022 and I'm not sure of the price yet
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 84.0/100*
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain-Freeride Bindings
Out of the 16 men’s all-mountain-freeride bindings that I rated:
*as noted above, the scoring of these isn't as accurate as it would be for other bindings, as I didn't have a control boot to test them with, given that I had to use the Step On boots for this binding.
**Based on 2021 rankings, which the Genesis Step On didn't come into as it's new for 2022. This will be updated once all of the 2022 rankings have been updated.
Overview of the Genesis Step On’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Genesis Step On’s specs and available sizes.
Lighter side of normal
2 x 4 | 4 x 4 | Channel
US BOOT SIZE
EURO BOOT SIZE
UK BOOT SIZE
Who is the Genesis Step On Most Suited To?
The Genesis Step Ons are a great option for anyone looking to strap in without bending over or sitting down but still want really good response.
If I was riding freestyle I probably wouldn't go straight for Step Ons but for carving and cruising the mountain with some freestyle aspects they work really well - I'm just fussy on board feel!
Not for beginners, IMO, just because they feel too stiff - at least with the Photon Step On boots anyway - but intermediate level riders should be fine.
The Genesis Step On in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Genesis Step Ons are capable of.
Binding: Burton Genesis Step On 2022, M
Date: March 12, 2021
Conditions: Overcast but 90% visibility. Light wind - 10kph (6mph)
2°C (36°F) - so quite warm. -3°C (27°F) with wind chill factor. Felt colder than 2°C (36°F).
24 hour snow: 0cm
7 day: 42cm
On groomer: Hard pack. Not icy but definitely rather firm.
Off groomer: A little crunchy/icy in steeper spots but not too bad. Similar to on groomer in most parts.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 555mm (22″)
Board demoed with: Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker 157
Boots demoed with: Burton Photon Step On, size 10
Baseplate Length: 23.5cm (9.25”)*
*measured on the top side of the footbed - a little bit of angle down to underside of baseplate. 23cm (9.05") at bottom of baseplate.
Baseplate Length fully extended: 25cm (9.84")
Highback Height: 20cm (7.87")*
* from bottom of heel cup to top of highback. From topsheet of board to top of highback is 26.5cm (10.43")
Weight: 820 grams (1lb, 13oz)*
* for one binding, including screws and disc. The average weight of a small sample size of around 30 bindings (2019, 2020 & 2021 models) I weighed, was 895 grams. The lightest was 760 grams and the heaviest was 1,020grams.
So the Genesis Step On is lighter than normal - and that's perhaps no surprise, given there are no straps to add extra weight. The Step On boots were a little heavier than normal - and since you have to go with step on boots, the overall weight was pretty normal.
I am going to guess (the flex ratings haven't come out at time of writing) that these are going to be rated medium flex, given that they share the same name as Burton's Genesis Re:Flex and Genesis EST bindings, but they felt stiffer than that to me. I woudl say about a 7.
But I would also say that this is quite influenced by the boots I was riding too. Not being able to ride with my control boots meant that it was more difficult to detect which was giving me that medium-stiff feel.
To complicate it further, the boots are literally hooked into the highback, so the flex of the boots and bindings is even more intertwined than it would normally be.
In hand it feels like there’s just a hair less twist in the high back versus my Malavitas. Still certainly some twist there, but marginally stiffer in the highback twist. They do feel like they have just a little give when pulling straight back – more so than the Malavita.
They responded really well - was really quick to transition edge to edge and I felt like I could carve harder in these versus my control bindings (Malavita). As is a theme with this review, some of this could have come down to the particular boots - but having the boots locked into the highback was likely an important contributing factor too.
I found they weren't as easy to manage at slower speeds as the Malavita Re:Flex though. They were just a little more awkward at slower speeds, but when riding faster that response was really up there.
At first I felt the board feel was pretty average, but once I got a bit more used to the feel it wasn't as bad as I had first thought. I found that I could get a good press in these bindings. But the overall board feel was still less than with the Malavita Re:Flex and other bindings with better board feel.
Being locked into the highback may have contributed to that loss of board feel.
Very similar to the Malavita Re:Flex overall. If I had to say, I think they maybe gave a bit more in terms of total pop, but were a little more awkward in trying to extract it.
Not heaps of adjustability. Not having ankle or toe straps meant having to think about these in a different way. I basically gave points for good ankle and toe strap adjustability, given that you don't have to make any adjustments.
Heel Cup: No
Stance Width: Limited - as per all Re:Flex discs, where you can't run them horizontally.
Highback Lean: Yes, but not tool-less. Takes a bit of figuring out, but you can adjust the highback lean, with a tool.
Ankle Strap Position: n/a
Toe Strap Position: n/a
Ankle and toe strap length: n/a
Gas pedal/toe ramp extension: n/a
Highback Rotation: No
Compatible with: 2 x 4 | 4 x 4 | channel
They felt like they were roughly the same as other Re:Flex bindings, but riding them with different boots it was a little hard to tell. Overall shock absorption wasn't as good as my control setup (Adidas Tactical ADV and Burton Malavita Re:Flex), but that was largely probably down to boots, with the Tactical ADV being very shock absorbing.
Also in my boot stomp test with the Tactical ADV on one foot and the Photon Step on on the other, the Tactical ADV certainly had better shock absorption, so overall I would say the binding shock absorption is similar to the Malavita Re:Flex, but it's hard to get an accurate read on it, having not used my control boots.
Typically this would be a fairly short section - however, given that one of the Step Ons main features is for easy in/out, this section will get a lot more attention than normal.
I can't say anything about the ratchets here - as there are none! The thing that makes these bindings different is how easy to get in and out of them is, without having to strap in - just having to click in - so how easy is it really?
Having a clip to tuck in the cuff of the pants was kinda cool - to keep that out of the way. I don't typically have my pants between my boots and highbacks when riding, but it felt fine.
Clicking in before the lift was easy enough - got it on the second go.
Felt a little weird on the lift, not having an ankle strap, but got used to that pretty quickly.
Clipping in my other foot at the top of the lift the first time was a little tricky and awkward, but I persevered and got it. Every lap I did in them, they got easier and easier to click into, but even by the end of the 8th lap, I wasn't finding it ultra easy.
Didn't get to a point where I could do it on the move getting off the lift. But it did get easier and easier, and I'm sure with a bit more time in them, it would get even easier. But not something that I got used to super quickly.
It was still a little faster than strap in bindings, even though I hadn't fully got it by the end, and there was no need to bend down or sit down - so if that's a thing for you, then that's a big plus for these bindings.
Unlicking was the part I found the most awkward - particularly to start with. I am so used to being able unstrap quickly - and on the move, so this was definitely harder to do than I find strap bindings - at least to start with.
It did get easier each time I did it at the bottom - and again, I imagine it would get even easier, once you got the hang of it - and by all accounts the reports are that it gets really easy, but I still found it a little awkward after 8 laps. So comparatively small amount of time really. I think it was the leaning forward thing that felt cumbersome.
Also if bending down is one of the reasons you are interested in step ons, you still have to bend down to release the bindings. That said, if you get this down to as quick as it looks like most people can get it to, then you would likely be bending down less than when taking straps off.
I do find I can get straps off fairly quickly, and on the move, but theoretically this is only one thing to release (rather than toe and ankle strap), so it should be faster once you get the hang of it.
They felt a very similar comfort level to the Malavitas. Definitely no issues with ankle strap or toe strap comfort!
Ankle Strap: n/a
Toe Strap: n/a
Canted Footbed: No
Padded Footbed: Some good cushioning in the footbed. 1.9m thick. Nothing but padding in the heel - squishy yet reboundy (this should be a word!)
Highback: The hammock back is super comfortable on the calves I find - definitely no calf bite here
With no ankle straps you might wonder how supported your ankle feels! Surprisingly good. Maybe being locked into the highback really helps you to feel supported. I wasn't sure how this was going to feel, but it really did feel fine.
The "ankle strap" on the Photon Step Ons did help too though. I tried without having that done up and my ankle felt less supported. So having that helps - which you don't get on all the Step On boots.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Genesis Step Ons are a very responsive binding - particularly for what their flex is supposed to be. If loosing response was a hesitation you had with getting into Step Ons, then you don't need to worry about this - they give more response than you expect.
They take a bit of getting used to the clicking and clicking, but once used to it, I'm sure they are super easy to get in and out of, but does take some practice.
Overall they are a solid build and certainly don't sacrifice response for that easy in/easy out feature - and don't sacrifice as much board feel as I thought it would.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Genesis Step On, or if you are ready to buy, or if you just want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other all-mountain-freeride binding options, or if you want to compare how the Genesis Step On compares to other all-mountain-freeride bindings, then check out the next link.