Burton Mission 2015 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride

The Burton Mission is the constant recipient of Cartel hand me down tech.  It’s a very solid choice for all moutnain riding.or for those who want a high back a little stiffer than the Cartel at a lower price point. The 2014 and below Burton Mission was well liked but the 2015 Mission earned our favorites nod because its more responsive and broke out of the shadow of the Cartel.

2015 Burton Mission Re:Flex

Days: 2 or 3 days
Riders: James, Peter, Michael, Jimbo and many others.
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Burton Ambush, Burton Hail, Nike Lunarendore
Boards: Many

The mission is one of the stiffer bindings in burtons line and the stiffest in the sub 250 category for sure. This year they added a more Cartel like design to the high back but it has a stiffer flex to it than this years cartel. In years past Burton would usually take the Cartel’s previous seasons high back and put it on the Mission.  This year the Mission got it’s own unique design which is gives it more personality instead of being the past Cartel re-marketed as the Mission.

Flex: Very stiff flex that’s got a Cartel feel but with less give. It’s still not completely unmovable but it’s still got a more aggressive flex than the previous model.

Adjustability: Same Great Adjustability as the the previous models and we are big fans of almost everything except the high back rotation requires a screw driver.  Other than that it’s almost all tooless.

Comfort: It’s the same comfortable binding as the previous model but maybe even more comfortable with the new high back and larger more comfortable ankle strap.

Turn Initiation: About the same as last years and about the same as the Cartel.  It’s got a nice easy butter to it.  The EST is a better butter but you limit yourself to only one brand of board when you buy that.  For us this is good enough and without the hinge tech it’s not going to compete with

Buttering: The previous model had a good amount of response but this year feels a little more responsive.  It feels like it has more leverage on heel side turns as well as front side turns thanks to the stiffer high back and bigger ankle strap.

Boot Support: The 2015 Burton Mission Re:Flex has a more supportive feel to it compared to the 2014 and below.  This is mainly because of the bigger asymmetrical ankle strap.  It also seems to suck your boot into the heel pocket and it was kind of hard for us to get it out on occasion.  It can feel like it turned your boot into a suction cup.

Ratchet System: Smooth easy ratchet system but we are more into the Cartel toe ratchet than the mission.  Its just missing that extra lever on the outside near the teeth.  With the missions you are putting your gloves into the ratchet teeth when pulling them off.  It can’t be that much more to add the cartel toe strap to it.

Shock Absorption: Almost the same outstanding shock absorption as the higher end bindings and it really is a smooth damp ride.

So all in all we were pretty impressed with the Burton Mission Re:Flex and feel that this year it’s starting to get it’s own personality instead of just being a Cartel hand me down.

 

The 2014 Burton Mission is the same as the 2013. Nothing really changed this year.

Days: 10+
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle
Boots: Burton IonBurton SLXBurton ImperialNike KaijuDC Judge,  Nike Zoom Ites,
Boards: Many.

The Burton Mission has been around for a long time and every year seems to win the “cartel light” award which isn’t a bad thing.  If you are looking for something like the Burton Cartel’s but a little bit cheaper then the Mission might be the call. We have liked that every year the Missions usually get some sort of good hand me down from the Cartels that improves it’s performance.

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.

2013 Burton Mission- This year the Mission went Re:Flex which is great. It has a smoother ride, stiffer high back from last years Cartel, last years cartel base plate and a little more flex under foot. It’s not as ultra flexy under foot as the Cartel Limited or Genesis but it offers mo beta butters and presses than all the previous models. We like this all around ride better than the other models we came across.

Adjustability:  Just like almost all Burton bindings its very easy to make it fit your boots weather they are Burton or not.

Comfort:  Very comfortable and almost right there with the High End Burton bindings.

Heel-Toe Response:  The ride is very smooth and pretty responsive. It’s almost right there with the Cartels.  We need the bigger ankle strap and hopefully that will be handed down from the Older brother the Cartel soon. 

Tip-Tail Response:  Huge improvement here with the addition of Re:Flex.  It makes it the superior binding when it comes to buttering and pressing.  The board also just feels a little more alive under your feet.

Boot Support:  Not bad but you get a little more support from the Burton bindings with a bigger ankle strap.  It’s right about average with the rest of the industry.

Ratchet System:  Top notch ratchets.

Shock Absorption: The 2013 has excellent shock absorption and so does all the Re:Flex models. Pre-Reflex is a little less but still very good. We did notice that after a few days of hard riding with the 2011 and 2012 you can begin to see marks where the boot imprinted.  You can imagine that this will probably get worse over a year or so of riding.

All in all the Burton Missions will perform almost as well as the cartels and will match up well with many soft to mid flexing boards in the market.  If you are looking for a mid flexing binding that will work in the freestyle or all mountain wolrld the Mission isn’t a bad choice for the price.  Like all Burton bindings its far more adjustable than almost any other binding out there so if you like to micro adjust Burton is the call.

 

The 2014 Burton Mission is the same as the 2013. Nothing really changed this year.

2012 Burton Mission- They kept the 2010 high back and same base plate but added a larger asymmetrical strap for the Restricted Mission and Restricted Mission EST.

2011- The Mission was given a hand me down from the old Cartel high back. The base plate is very similar to the 2010 and it makes this pretty much last years Cartel Binding.

2010- Similar Base to the Cartel but a unique and softer high back. The toe straps were good for 2010 where many in the Burton Line weren’t for this season

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Price US $209

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

Board Type

Semi-Challenging - Easy Turning

Riding Level

Intermediate - Expert

Quick Release

No

Manufactured in

China

Canted Footbed

No

Reduced Dead Spot

Yes

Burton Channel Compatible

Yes

Flex

Med/Stiff

Boot Support

Firm

Turn Initiation

Med/Fast

Buttering

Easy

Adjustability

Excellent

Comfort

Great

Ratchet System

Great

Shock Absorption

Excellent

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Burton Mission Review And Buying Advice SKU UPC Model

Mission Binding

Nov 21, 2013 by Chandler Haberlack
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 • 
Strengths: Comfort, perfect amount of flex, adjustablility • 
Weaknesses: Price maybe? 

Overall solid bindings. Can't really think of any flaws beside the fact that they're pretty expensive.


4.0 4.0 1 1 Overall solid bindings. Can't really think of any flaws beside the fact that they're pretty expensive. Burton Mission Review And Buying Advice

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