The Burton Cartel EST is the binding made specifically for Burton boards. We hate this and love this binding. It’s incredibly responsive and the flex underfoot has almost no dead spot. The bad is the binding only works for Burton.
The 2016 Burton Cartel EST is the same general ride as the 2015 but it has the higher end straps/ratchets that are on the Diodes, Genesis and Malavita.
Riders: Almost all of us
Boards: These are for Burton boards Only.
Conditions- Most conditions an average rider would want to experience
Boots: Salomon, Burton, Nike and a few others
Flex– This is the same flex as all the other cartels offering a smooth middle ground feel that most love. It’s the kind of flex that blends into just about any kind of riding.
Adjustability: EST bindings from Burton offer superior adjustability compared to the other non est bindings. It’s a little different but after a little time you get to see how easy these are to set up on the board and how versatile they are adapting to your boot.
Comfort: Very very comfortable. These bindings offer a nice balance between comfort and support.
Heel-Toe Response: EST is just a little bit more responsive edge to edge than the Cartel Re:Flex because you have 4 screws instead of 8 attached to the board.
Tip-Tail Response– Now the EST tech here does have an advantage flexing any Burton Board length wise over the Re:Flex Cartel. It’s very easy to butter and press almost any board in Burton’s line except for the very stiff ones. It really changes the feel underfoot and the dead spot is almost non existent. If you go from a non Burton binding to an EST binding the Burton board comes alive. Some higher end Re:Flex bindings like the Cartel Limited can come close but EST is still the 11 out of 10. It’s a damn shame they aren’t compatible on other boards. With the 2014 Burton Cartel you loose a little flex under foot but you get a lot of extra ollie power due to the Hinge Technology. This is a very nice upgrade and we now feel this is the only year to get unless you don’t ollie ever.
Ratchet System: All Burton Cartel ratchets are the same (I think). They might be different but all offer amazingly smooth glide on and off.
Boot Support: Very good almost locked in feel. The foot bed is a little soft so it doesn’t allow a completely locked in feel. It’s worth it to get the kind of shock absorption you get with this kind of binding.
Shock Absorption– The thicker EST foot bed has amazing shock absorption and the Cartel EST comes with this. It’s also canted. You can go pretty thin (5mm) to get a skate feel that has less cushioning. The foot bed you get with the Cartel EST really makes a big difference just riding over a rough bit of snow and even more so on a bad landing. The 5mm thick option is more rough but you get more board feel.
So all in all the Cartel EST is a great binding and if you cant find the Limited Cartel EST with Hinge Tech this will do a very good job handling a wide variety of Burton boards.
The 2015 Burton Cartel EST is the same as the 2014 except for the ankle strap. It folds out really easy so you can get your boot in quicker and it’s got a thin ankle strap that we really like about it. Otherwise it’s the same binding as last year in terms of ride and response.
The 2014 Burton Cartel EST has the same high back and ankle strap as the Cartel Re:Flex but this year it has the Hinge Technology that the higher end Burton bindings like the Burton Genesis EST. This really changes up the EST ride by giving you much more ollie power. It makes the 2014 Cartel EST the much better choice over past models.