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|Lacing Type||Single BOA|
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Burton Ruler Step On 2018 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Ruler Step On Boot and Binding system was something I tried to demo last season but for many reasons, filled with sighs, I didn’t. Thanks to help from Gravity Sports at Mt Bachelor I finally got on them.. They didn’t have my size 9 but I said fuck it and gave a size 8 a go. Here is my take with what I had to work with.
James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size: Right 9 and Left 8.75
Foot Width: Right and Left between a D and E
Arch Length: Right 9.5 and Left 9
Calves (Widest Point): 17”
Calves (At top of boot): 12”
Flex: The boots actual flex is not that stiff and it feels pretty soft for the Ruler boots Iv’e known
Adjustability: There is minimal adjustability and this combo is plug and play. You pretty much put on the boot with a liner lace, single BOA and then step on the binding. The binding doesn’t have much either. You just attach the Re:Flex base plate to the board and that’s that. If you like tweaking the binding to work for you then their standard binding is the better call.
Comfort: Not having ankle straps or toe straps on a binding is super comfortable. If the boot works well with your feet then your set. There are no pressure points coming from the binding which is a huge plus. So for me Burton boots fit my semi-wide feet really well and I’ve almost always had a comfortable fit with their boots so super comfortable for me but that’s me. You might be different than me.but if you run on the wider side foot wise this might work. Even size 8’s weren’t uncomfortable in a way of having pressure points. They were just too small and tight so my feet fell asleep because I was in a size too small.
Turn Initiation: Super quick edge to edge. Super quick. If you flexed the boot or binding you would not think the two working together could get this kind of response. It’s the kind of response that makes you re-think how bindings are made. Like I said in the vid it’s almost up there with the Adidas Tactical ADV/Union Falcor and I was surprised how close it was while still feeling pretty smooth. I think it’s because the attachment to the high back helps keep the response going as you lean into a turn when it would normally peter out with just an ankle strap. It’s really next level when it comes to balancing response and comfort. I’d probably give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and will when we update the site.
Buttering:I like the standard Re:Flex bindings like the 2018 Cartel, Genesis and Genisis X etc a little better for a butter but the Re:Flex design on the Burton Step On is pretty close.
Boot Support: There is no support but somehow there is ton’s of support. I didn’t realize that a little hook holding you into the back of a binding and two little attachments near where your toes begin would make this combo have such a supportive feel. It does feel super weird the first run or so because your feet keep telling your mind that you haven’t strapped in and any minute you are going to slip out and be hospital bound. After get past that you start thinking is this ok that I feel as unattached as a 60 year old jiggalo? Did I step in right? I would ollie and stomp down hard to make sure it’s all clicked in but it is.
Shock Absorption: The shock absorption in the binding is good and the boot is ok.
Fit: The boots fit me really well with day one comfort.
Flex Retention: I’m not sure if this comes into play as long as the spine that holds the hook holds up and the hooks on the side’s of the boot hold up as well. That being said I’m curious about how the soft boot will hold up.
Footprint: Didn’t check the footprint but will try to follow up on that if I get more time on them.
Heel Hold: Single BOA isn’t usually ideal for heel hold but the Burton Ruler Step On has some extra wrap around BOA lace set further back on the boot to secure the heel more.
Traction: So glad there wasn’t a cost cutting effort here and that the whole bottom has rubber.
On & Off Ease: So this is about as easy on and off as it gets. It’s not just getting in and out of the boot but in and out o the binding. It’s easier than almost any quick release binding I’ve tried except for with K2 but I like the response of this much better. The one weird thing is stepping forward after you step out because most riders, like myself, always step back. So that feels weird but it’s a small price to pay for the response you get.
So, all in all, everyone jerks off to easy in/out boot/binding combo’s but often times the reality is not like the fantasy. In this case the only sacrifice is adjustability. So for the first time I felt like you are sacrificing adjustability for response and getting the bonus of a quick release. I’m not a fan of proprietary tech like this but this response and feel is undeniably good.
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