The Burton Co2 bindings came on the scene a few years ago, became an instant hit and started busting wallets across the world. While most reviews are very positive but we have heard about some issues with the build of these. Despite some complaints we have experienced a good time with these bindings and they perform well in almost any type of riding sitution.
Days: 100+ days
Burton has had the Co2 series out for a few years now. People either love these bindings or hate them. For 2011 the Co2’s really changed up the bindings game. They still have the same solid ride as the old bindings but have added some new tech we are big fans of. First off they added a much better larger asymmetrical ankle strap that really helps you bend the board longitudinally. In addition to the new ankle straps the disc in the base plate can flex with the board so you get even more longitudinal flex out of your board. Also there is much more padding in the toe and about the same in the ankle. The reduced plastic in the base plate also makes for a better torsional flex which makes for better turn initiation. From what we have heard through the grape vine is the one biggest complaint is the strength of the high back. It seems to break allot compared to other high backs in the line up. While we have never had a problem we have run into many people in lift lines with broken high backs and heard of many complaints. This is a great binding for people who live more on the all mountain side of things.
Regarding Re:Flex Tech: Re:Flex Tech really changes the way the board rides for the better but it has one minor issue that should be addressed. Most 4 hole Discs can be aligned tip to tail or heel to toe but the Re:Flex Disc can only be aligned heel to toe. This isn’t a big deal because most align heel to toe but some like to turn their discs side ways to reduce or increase their stance width to a size that the binding holes won’t allow. If you do this make sure your board has the stance width you desire.
The one thing is you must like stiff bindings. We are really excited about the 2011 tech upgrades with the disc version and feel this is the way to go over EST. The new design of the base plate allows the board to flex better than a normal binding would. The tech is slightly different than our other favorite binding company Union but the result is similar. You get more response from your board when riding and you can ride any snowboard instead of just Burton’s. In addition to the new base plate the ankle strap has been changed as well. It is now a bit asymmetrical so the inside part of the strap is slightly larger. We would recommend the disc version over the EST. We are also fans of the new toe strap over 2010’s hybrid strap that just wasn’t designed that well. The 2010 and below binding is still great but with all the tech change for 2011 we say go for the new tech.
Flex– This is one of if not the stiffest bindings Burton has. We actually prefer the EST high back over this because it’s less brittle. We have stepped on the high back the wrong way and broke it. Burton sent out a new pair instantly but that’s a bit of a concern.
Comfort/Adjustability: Nothing comes close to these bindings. The living hinge High back is comfortable on the heel and very comfortable on the calf. The 2011 toe strap is better than the last 2 years models. It grips perfectly on the toe and can be used on the top if you want. The ankle strap is soft and cushy and has absolutely no pressure points even if you crank it down hard. The 2009/2010 and 2008/2009 toe straps seemed to come loose no matter how hard you tightened up the straps.
Heel-Toe Response: Edge to edge transitioning is easy with these bindings but it feels some times like there is a bit more on the heel side than the toe side. This is changing all types of settings to make sure the toe is positioned perfectly in relation to the edge of the board. At times the heel side can be too responsive and over initiate a turn if you are use to softer bindings but we have seen this mellow out a bit with the 2011 binding. Many will not notice this and love these bindings but some of the picky people might see what we see. All in all the Co2’s have a very smooth responsive feel that most riders are use to.
Tip-Tail Response: The Re:Flex tech is pretty good and offers something different than most bindings out there. The newer Re:Flex is better than this but it’s still not bad.
Adjustability: Nothing touches this binding except for the P1, Triad, Cartel and C60. Get it every high end Burton binding owns the adjustability category. When you adjust the high back to your back side rail on your snowboard it has the best set up over any binding. Most have 3 holes but this has a sliding track so its very easy to adjust and lines up perfect. Most adjustments are toolless but keep a screwdriver around to get everything dialed.
Boot Support: This right on the border of Locked in and Firm. That ankle strap is great and it really keeps you in place. The softer
Shock Absorption: The Co2’s deal with chatter and high speed very well. The heel cup and now for 2011 the toe is all padding and gel with a rubber like bottom that connects to the base. Its new and incredibly smart for landing big jumps or riding at high speed.
A quick look at How Re:Flex Tech Works