Hello and welcome to my list of the top 6 Burton EST bindings for the 2015/16 season.
This top 6 is split into the 3 top men’s and 3 top women’s EST bindings and includes the following:
- Best Men’s All Mountain EST bindings
- Best Men’s Freestyle EST bindings
- Best Men’s Freeride EST bindings
- Best Women’s All Mountain EST bindings
- Best Women’s Freestyle EST bindings
- Best Women’s Freeride EST bindings
O.k. let’s check out the top 6!
Best Men’s All Mountain EST Bindings
Bindings: Burton Genesis EST
Smart rating score: 86/100
Flex: Medium (6/10)
The Genesis ESTs are about as ideal as you get in an all mountain EST binding.
There are virtually no weaknesses and these bad boys can take you wherever you want to go no the mountain from the backcountry to the park and everywhere in between.
That awesome board feel you get out of the ESTs means that they assist in great butterability despite their 6/10 flex rating and with great shock absorption they will also be nice on the body when landing big kickers.
The Genesis ESTs also provide very firm, but very comfortable, boot support to really lock you in and assist in responsiveness.
Naturally you get Burton’s typically great ratchet system for an easy entry/exit and all the adjustability you could ever need. Plus being super comfortable you can happily ride all day.
Check out the video below or the full review link above for more info and also my top 5 All Mountain Bindings for 2015/16 to see where the Genesis fits in that list.
Best Men’s Freestyle EST Bindings
Bindings: Burton Stay Calm EST
Smart rating score: 81/100
Flex: Medium (7/10 on Burton’s Scale)
The top Freestyle EST bindings for men are the Stay Calms.
Though their flex is stiffer than I’d normally recommend for freestyle bindings the fact that they are EST bindings means that their butterability and natural flex with the board , they are actually “flexier” than the flex rating suggests.
With the way EST bindings connect to the board and the board feel they give the flex is really connected with what the flex rating of the board. So match this with a great freestyle board and freestyle riding – particularly for jibbing – becomes a thing of beauty.
That board feel and connection can mean some loss of shock absorption with ESTs, which is good to have in freestyle bindings for landing jumps, but the Stay Calm’s are actually pretty decent shock absorbers – but if your worried about shock absorption make sure you have some super cushy boots.
Add to that Burton’s legendary adjustability that will ensure your bindings can be set up just the way you like them, for both performance and comfort, and you get some really top quality freestyle bindings.
Check out the video below for more and also check out my top 5 Freestyle Bindings for 2015/16 for other freestyle binding options.
Check out the Video below for more on the Stay Calms
Best Men’s Freeride EST Bindings
Bindings: Burton Diode EST
Smart rating score: 88.5/100
Flex: Stiff (8/10)
The Diodes topped my list of the top 5 Freeride bindings for 2015/16, so in my opinion these are the best Freeride bindings, let alone best EST freeride bindings.
And what makes them so good for freeriding? Where do I start!
For starters they have a nice stiff flex that helps to provide a super responsive ride along with really firm boot support.
They are also insanely light and just give that feeling like they’re something form out of the future.
The Diodes of course have great adjustability to get them set up just right, and also have beautifully smooth ratchets and are super comfortable so you can bomb all the steeps, tree runs, powder pockets, chutes – or whatever gives you thrills – for as long as your body will let you.
Check out the video below or the full review link above for more info and of course check out where they sit in my top 5 freeride bindings.
Best Women’s All Mountain EST Bindings
Bindings: Burton Escapade EST
Smart rating score: 84/100
Flex: Medium (6/10)
The Escapades are the perfect balance of response and playfulness and the perfect balance of pretty much everything so you can be just as comfortable in the park, in the backcountry and everywhere in between.
The escapades have superior butterability, boot support and adjustability and are pretty much without weaknesses.
You also get a binding that’s super comfortable and is easy to enter and exit from.
It features a women’s specific design to make for a nice snug secure fit.
Check out the video below or the full review link above for more info and my top 5 women’s all mountain bindings for more options.
Best Women’s Freestyle EST Bindings
Bindings: Burton Scribe EST
Smart rating score: 82/100
Flex: Medium (5/10)
The Scribe’s are great for buttering, have awesome adjustability for the perfect fit and has a nice medium flex that will allow good flex for playful freestyle riding but have enough powder for if and when you’re hitting larger features.
They also have amazing shock absorbing qualities so you can do lap after lap of the park or ride freestyle on the rest of the mountain all day and still feel comfortable.
If you are looking for other options in freestyle bindings then check out my top 5 women’s freestyle bindings. Remember that most bindings these days either come compatible with Burton’s channel system, or a conversion disc can be bought.
Check out the Video for more on the Scribe
Best Women’s Freeride EST Bindings
Bindings: Burton Lexa EST
Smart rating score: 87.5/100
Flex: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
These bindings actually topped my top 5 women’s all mountain bindings list so they are great as all mountain bindings but even better for freeriding.
These are definitely for the more aggressive female rider – with a flex rating of 7 out of 10 being as stiff as you will find in the women’s EST range. This, plus awesome boot support (aided by Burton’s hammock technology) makes for awesome responsiveness.
And despite all that stiffness you still get great board feel and a great ability to butter – an almost universal feature of EST bindings regardless of stiffness.
Pretty much everything about this binding is sweet and to top it all off they are super comfortable with pressure point-less ankle and toe straps and a cushioned canted footbed.
The Lexa’s are also really well priced for the awesome performance that they offer.
Check out the video below to learn more
What are EST Bindings?
EST bindings are unique to Burton and they are specifically designed to work with particular Burton boards that have their Channel mounting system.
The channel bindings mountain system used on their snowboards works by attaching the bindings to a channel (aka rail, aka track) which can then run side to side along the snowboard length ways.
The bindings can also move up and down width ways to get the perfect fit on the board.
They are designed for a better board feel/connection, and more adjustability.
EST bindings are only compatible with Burton’s Channel System.
Most other brands of bindings these days are designed with a base plate disc that will work with the channel system as well as standard 4 hole mounting systems – or you can get a conversion disc that makes them compatible.
Thanks for Reading
O.k. so there are my picks for the top 6 Burton EST bindings for the 2015/16 season.
If you have a Burton snowboard with the Channel binding system and you’re looking for an EST binding that will suit your riding style I hope this post has helped with your search.
Any questions or comments very welcome in the comments section below. Also any agreements or disagreements with the bindings in this list are also very welcome. Just leave a comment below and I will respond.