The Burton Scribe binding has been around for a while now. It’s got a nice all mountain freestyle feeling that can work for many riders.
The 2014 and 2015 Burton Scribe dropped the larger asymmetrical ankle strap and that kind of sucks. The ride hasn’t changed too much but there is a little less support on the outer side.
Flex: The Scribe has a pretty soft flex on the outside with more of a medium flex on the inside. You feel more of a medium feel to it when turning. The base plate seems to follow suit.
Adjustability: Like all Burton bindings they offer pretty easy adjustability and we’d like to see it 100% tool-less because rotating the high backs can be a bit more work than it should be if it was completely tool less.
Comfort: Nice ankle strap that’s pretty comfortable compared to the rest of the ankle straps out there in the industry. The higher end ankle straps provide a better fit and better comfort but these are still really good.
Heel-Toe Response: Pretty mellow and smooth but they aren’t best for boards that have moderate to difficult turn initiation. Its best with soft easy turning boards and then you will have a good time.
Tip-Tail Response: Big improvement here over the older disc models from 2011 and below. There is much more butterability with any board under foot than you would get with a regular disc binding. It makes the board its attached to seem softer and more playful. The 2014 Burton Scribe has a little less leverage on the outside for butters and presses due to the smaller ankle strap. Some like more movement but most ladies I know liked the 2013 models larger ankle strap.
Boot Support: There is a pretty good ankle strap that provides good support on the outside and freedom to move a little more on the inside. It helps you get a little more leverage when it comes to butters and such.
Ratchet System: This has the B team ratchet system that doesn’t have an easy release toe lever like it does in the ankle strap. Still it does a great job and it isn’t sticky.
Shock Absorption: Outstanding shock absorption. There is a nice thick pad in the heel that makes the Scribe deal with all kinds of terrain well and makes the board less cranky when you slow down and deal with hard uneven snow.
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 Scribe– So the 2013 Burton Scribe stepped it up and added all the tech it’s brother the Malavita has. The addition of Re:Flex technology which makes for a much better flex under foot which is very important for a freestyle focused ride like the Scribe. It’s easier to butter and there is less all around contact with the board.
2012 Burton Scribe-Not much has changed between the 2011 and 2012 Scribe bindings. If you can fit into a men’s binding you might be happier with the Men’s Malavita. It’s a very similar design but has more of Burton’s newer tech.
A quick look at How Re:Flex Tech Works
2011 Burton Scribe– The Scribe made it to 2011 and created a decent park following. The large asymmetrical ankle strap gives you leverage for better jibbing and more support for riding around the park. They added a non-est to the mix and we applaud that. The big ankle strap can be reversed/switched upside down to make for a little better response too which can be kind of fun. We didn’t notice that much difference but it’s fun to mix it up.
2010 Burton Scribe-The Scribe came on the scene in 2010 and became a pretty good binding for park/freestyle riding.