The Burton Genesis EST is a Burton board only binding and to us it isn’t worth it to choose a proprietary binding over the regular Genesis that comes with Re:Flex tech. There is some added pop when using EST from the hinge tech but not sure if it’s worth it these days.
The 2014 – 2017 Burton Genesis EST models don’t have many differences. It’s the same ride but the straps fold out easier on the 2015 so it’s easier to get in and out of.
The 2016 Burton Genesis EST Demo binding had one issue. The newly designed toe strap didn’t wrap around the toe of the boot like previous models. I just got the production model and the toe straps fit very well so what you buy should be fine.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
The 2014 Burton Genesis EST has a lot of changes but then the 2015 to 2017 kind of stayed very similar in terms of the over all ride. There are some comfort and ease of use tweaks but over all it’s still very much the same bindings from the major upgrade of 2014.
1. It’s got a new ankle strap that really conforms to your ankle that we really like. You can crank it down without that much discomfort.
2. It has a new ratchet system that wasn’t up to Burton’s usual excellence at the Demo’s but they turned it around with the production models. So be a little weary of demo model deals and just stick with the production models. I didn’t feel that their ratchet system could be better but this is smoother and easier to put on and off.
So there is one feature here that is unique to any other binding company and even more specific unique to EST bindings only. It’s called hing tech and it has a very unique feature. There is a springy hinge at the base of each side of the heel loop at the base. It gives you added ollie power and makes any Burton board you ride ollie higher than a regular binding.
Adjustability: Very adjustable like all Burton bindings. This is one of Burton’s best qualities. One of our favorite parts about this and all Burton bindings is the high back rotation is better than almost every other binding out there because you don’t have 3 holes to choose from. You have something you can slide back in forth that is more like the equivalent of 5 holes.
Comfort: These ankle straps are some of the best in the business and these are the favorite in our line. The Toe Straps are just like every other Burton Binding and do a pretty good job. The overall feel of the binding is very easy on the feet. For most it should be pressure point free.
Heel-Toe Response: The regulars offer a pretty good response for such a mellow high back and the EST’s are even a little better but just by a little.
Tip-Tail Response: There is a bump up in terms of flex underfoot as well as the ability to butter/press your board easier with these bindings over the regular Genesis.
Approximate Weight– Seems pretty light like all Burton Bindings do.
Ratchet System: Amazing. One of if not the best. It’s hard to find problems anywhere with the straps.
Shock Absorption– The foot bed you get with this focuses more on board feel than shock absorption. It’s good but it doesn’t shield you like the Re:Flex Model. It does allow a little bit more boot support though. If you upgrade (around $30) to the larger 5% canted foot beds you have excellent shock absorption. It’s really great for absorbing hard landings or dealing with shitty tracked out chatter runs. There is also a 5mm thick foot bed option but in our opinion the one you get with the Genesis is better.