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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Really nice to use. The flip out handle and ratchet make for great ergonomics. You can use it with a gloved hand provided you already have the bit in you need. Materials are quality. All bits are stainless steel, plastics feel beefy, no squeaks or wobbles when ratcheting. Feels like a quality tool. I would expect no less for a $20 screw driver.
While if feels good in the hand its a tat big in the pocket. This is a double edged sward because if they were decreased the wall thickness on the plastics it could end up feeling cheep and breakable.
Bits and bobs stored in the little compartment are difficult to extract and could be easily dropped and lost. There is a magnet in the ratchet end so once you have a bit in there its not going anywhere, but who wants to ride around with a phillips bit tip exposed in a pocket. I would like to see some kind of pressure fit silicone bit holder or another magnet compartment. Im sure these design ideas were ruled out for cost.
Last, but most def not least, there is NO BOTTLE OPENER! This is a truly missed opportunity. The flip out handle screams for a bottle opener. It could be a simple co-moled part with a stainless steel edge protruding front he back side of the handle. The handle itself could be a stamped piece of stainless. This would also solve my gripe about it being too big in the pocket. Im sure this idea was kicked around at Burton but likely was nixed for cost reasons. I would have paid 5 bucks more for this stainless handle design...you hear me Burton 5 bucks! Its already the most expensive pocket tool on the market so whats 5 bucks more to this market? Your market share is already minuscule. Why not make a part that would cost you 50 cents - $1 to manufacture and get another $4 from the customers in profit. I might just have to fabricate this this myself it makes so much sense.