Burton Bullet Tool 2015 - 2011 Review by The Good Ride

The Burton Bullet Tool works very well and we have owned it for many years.  However the 2015 and 2014 models I’ve owned all break on the first attempt on tightening a binding screw.  It went from being one of the best portable tools to being something that doesn’t work.

Note for 2014: I don’t know what is happening to my favorite tool.  So far this year I have broken 6 of the 6 2014 bullet tools I own.  It happened both times tightening up the screws in the discs for the bindings. As I get to the final tightening of the screws I hear a snap and the ratchet now turns easy both ways. It can no longer tighten up anything. Even if I change the setting to the middle that has no ratchet it still moves the way to loosen screws but not the way to tighten screws.  So I would only buy 2013 and below or get the Burton EST Tool instead. They usually work great. Burton Customer service was great about it but it doesn’t change the fact that all 4 original and the 2 replacements sent broke.

Note for 2015: the Same problem again as 2014 and it’s not recommended to buy this tool any more unless you can find one made in 2013 aka 2012/2013 season. Don’t buy 2014/2015 season or 2013/2014 season Burton Bullet tools.

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The Bullet Tool is sturdy, fits well in the pocket and the ratchet and leverage handle makes tightening your snowboard equipment easier.   The Bullet Tool is very similar to the Bakoda Zakly Driver but has a shape that is easier to fit in a pocket.   There are a few issues that we have consistently experienced.  The screw head does not fit perfectly in its socket.  When you crank it sometimes the screw head will shift and get stuck.   It’s very hard to get it out especially when your hands are cold.  We have also broken a few Phillips heads.   We also would like to see a magnetic screw head as Bakoda has with many of their ratchets.  Other than that it is a great tool that will work well on the hill if you need to make a quick adjustment.  The Burton Bullet Tool also beats the hell out of the tools you can use at stations on the mountain.

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