The Burton Infidel is Burton’s softest binding in their line. Some love the ultra soft urethane feel and others prefer a binding with a little more support. Lately their has been a trend with Urethane bindings and most of the major companies have one in the line. It’s even softer than the Burton Bootlegger. This binding is happiest with the jibber or street oriented rider who likes a lot of freedom. Even the base plate is soft as far as base plates go. Burton has a smooth feel to their bindings but this is loose and rubbery.
The 2014 and 2015 Burton Infidel is pretty similar.
Boots: Burton Hail
Boards Lib Tech Burtner Box Scratcher, Never Summer Proto, Never Summer Cobra, Lib Tech TRS, Gnu Riders Choice, Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix
Flex: The Burton Infidel is the softest binding in Burton’s line and it sometimes feels like you just have your boot a no back binding. It makes me wonder if there would be much difference between not even having a high back on.
Adjustability: Same old great Burton binding that has a lot of ways you can dial out the binding but some require a tool. We’d like to see only the disc require a tool but you have many options to dial this out so it’s still pretty great.
Comfort: Very comfortable. Like I said before it feels almost like there isn’t a high back and the ankle strap, although not as good as the one the Malavita has, is still pretty comfortable.
Heel-Toe Response: I thought it would of been worse but it’s not that bad. Usually the heel side has more leverage but in this case it’s reversed. It’s just a shade above poor edge to edge but I thought it would be worse.
Tip-Tail Response: Just like any other entry level re:flex binding which is pretty good.
Boot Support: The support is great around the ankle thanks to the good asymmetrical ankle strap but the noodle high back makes you feel pretty open and free. I personally like more support but I could definitely see how a full time jibber or pure street rider would love this feel. It’s much closer to skating than snowboarding.
Ratchet System: Eh not the best ratchet system in Burton’s line but it’s really good compared to the rest of the bindings in the industry. Once you get below the Cartel price point the ratchet system changes and it’s not as easy to get on and off as the Cartel’s and up.
Shock Absorption: Same excellent shock absorption that most re:flex bindings have. There is a lot of foam in the heel and it’s pretty kind on the body.
So all in all this is a binding that could be a lot of fun for the right kind of jibber but I wouldn’t say it’s for everyone.