The Burton Genesis X Snowboard Binding offers up a stiffer version of the Genesis. It’s not a bad choice for those that like the response of the Diode but want the Auto Cant tech and like the feel of the hammock in the high back. After about a week of riding the Genesis X and comparing it to the Diode it edged out the Diode as a Good Ride Favorite. I hope this sticks around in the coming seasons.
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Imperial,
Boards: Yes Optimistic, Never Summer West
Flex: Noticeably stiffer than the Genesis and feels slightly less stiff than the Diode.
Adjustability: Same old Burton adjustability that works pretty well for dialing out the boot to the binding and your board.
Comfort: Same great comfort as always and the straps are the same as the Diode and Genesis.
Turn Initiation: Nice smooth but pretty quick turn initiation that gives you a little more speed edge to edge than the Genesis but just a slight bit behind the Diode in my opinion. Still it’s really close to the Diodes.
Buttering: All three bindings really let the board flex exceptionally well under foot.
Boot Support: Nice supportive straps and I really like the new softer all rubber toe strap. It holds the boot in place a little better than the older strap.
Ratchet System: Very smooth and easy.
Shock Absorption: Same upper tier shock absorption as you get from the Genesis and Diode. Love that mellow auto cant as well because it helps your body line up pretty easy to not cause joint pressure. Well at least it does that for me.