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Burton Cartel EST 2019 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Cartel EST is the binding made specifically for Burton boards. We hate this and love this binding. It’s incredibly responsive and the flex underfoot has almost no dead spot. The bad is the binding only works for Burton.
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The 2016 Burton Cartel EST is the same general ride as the 2015 but it has the higher end straps/ratchets that are on the Diodes, Genesis and Malavita.
Riders: Almost all of us
Boards: These are for Burton boards Only.
Conditions- Most conditions an average rider would want to experience
Boots: Salomon, Burton, Nike and a few others
Flex– This is the same flex as all the other cartels offering a smooth middle ground feel that most love. It’s the kind of flex that blends into just about any kind of riding.
Adjustability: EST bindings from Burton offer superior adjustability compared to the other non-est bindings. It’s a little different but after a little time, you get to see how easy these are to set up on the board and how versatile they are adapting to your boot.
Comfort: Very very comfortable. These bindings offer a nice balance between comfort and support.
Heel-Toe Response: EST is just a little bit more responsive edge to edge than the Cartel Re:Flex because you have 4 screws instead of 8 attached to the board.
Tip-Tail Response– Now the EST tech here does have an advantage flexing any Burton Board lengthwise over the Re:Flex Cartel. It’s very easy to butter and press almost any board in Burton’s line except for the very stiff ones. It really changes the feel underfoot and the dead spot is almost non-existent. If you go from a non-Burton binding to an EST binding the Burton board comes alive. Some higher end Re:Flex bindings like the Cartel Limited can come close but EST is still the 11 out of 10. It’s a damn shame they aren’t compatible on other boards. With the 2014 Burton Cartel, you lose a little flex underfoot but you get a lot of extra ollie power due to the Hinge Technology. This is a very nice upgrade and we now feel this is the only year to get unless you don’t ollie ever.
Ratchet System: All Burton Cartel ratchets are the same (I think). They might be different but all offer amazingly smooth glide on and off.
Boot Support: Very good almost locked in feel. The footbed is a little soft so it doesn’t allow a completely locked in feel. It’s worth it to get the kind of shock absorption you get with this kind of binding.
Shock Absorption– The thicker EST footbed has amazing shock absorption and the Cartel EST comes with this. It’s also canted. You can go pretty thin (5mm) to get a skate feel that has less cushioning. The footbed you get with the Cartel EST really makes a big difference just riding over a rough bit of snow and even more so on a bad landing. The 5mm thick option is rougher but you get more board feel.
So all in all the Cartel EST is a great binding and if you can’t find the Limited Cartel EST with Hinge Tech this will do a very good job handling a wide variety of Burton boards.
Burton Cartel EST Past Reviews
The 2015 Burton Cartel EST is the same as the 2014 except for the ankle strap. It folds out really easy so you can get your boot in quicker and it’s got a thin ankle strap that we really like about it. Otherwise it’s the same binding as last year in terms of ride and response.
The 2014 Burton Cartel EST has the same high back and ankle strap as the Cartel Re:Flex but this year it has the Hinge Technology that the higher end Burton bindings like the Burton Genesis EST. This really changes up the EST ride by giving you much more ollie power. It makes the 2014 Cartel EST the much better choice over past models.
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Burton Cartel EST User Reviews
Best all round bindings
I love these bindings and I've been using them since 2014. Even in extreme conditions, I saw a lot of my friends with problems with the bindings because they would ice up and sometimes get rigid, breaking off the binding straps. But with my Cartels, I never had 1 single issue strapping in in any terrain, any condition. They are super flexible for any usage, either park, all mountain, backcountry or even jibbing. The only reason why I'm not giving an additional star is due to the durability of some components. You can easily replace the straps or even the footbed but the highback cushion starts quickly to peel off. I glued it back several times but it just peels off again and again. My bindings are already 3 years old but still I would expect a bit more overall durability from these bindings.
Heavy anchors on your feet
Again, like all snowboard bindings, the large is too large for average 9-11 feet and the mediums are too small. When is this going to end?! But, i started with mediums but did not fit right so i switched to a large. Fit is okay, trimmed a few straps but now they are heavier than any other binding i've ever owned. Forward lean is so strange on these and when you tilt them forward the flex is SEVERELY increased and the binding looses a lot of ridgidness. Yes, i use DO adjust the forward lean to keep me in the "attack" mode. You should too! ha ha. Anyway, the straps are Excellent and the ratchets are pretty cool. I'd like to see these in a medium large sizing, lighter frame, and a better forward lean adjustment and then they will be ready to dance.
This EST binding system, although convenient for adjustment, is dangerous to ride with. I bought a brand new pair of these bindings last year, and 75% of my days on the mountain, the screws came lose and the binding became detached from the board while riding, causing me to fall immediately. Luckily I wasn't seriously injured, but an injury is always a possibility while riding with these bindings. Shop workers have suggested using loctite to secure the screws, which would eliminate the adjustment feature of the binding. I would not recommend these bindings, as the binding may detach from the board at any time.
Solid mid to stiff binding
This was my first real step up into a higher end binding and I was more than pleased. Burton unfortunately fits in the sizing that doesn't work well for the size 10 to 11 feet (between medium and large). Solid high back and nice shock absorption under foot. Great for all mountain and aggressive park riding.
Comfortable, very responsive but a couple of glitches
Comfortable & very responsive, easy to set up and adjust. However, the toe straps on my 2015 Cartel ESTs repeatedly slipped back onto the top of my boots instead of staying on my toe caps, unless cranked down really tight, unlike earlier non-EST Cartels I own. In addition, I’m not sold on the benefits of the “Flex Slider” hinge on the ankle strap. A nice idea to make strapping in a bit less hassle, but unless you take the time to fold the high back on top of the ankle strap on your rear binding before riding the lift or one-footing elsewhere, the strap flops onto the board right where you need to put your rear foot down – uncomfortable at best, unsafe at worst.
Burton Cartel Local EST 2015
I upgraded from the Burton Cartel Restricted EST 2012 with Asym Super strap to the Burton Cartel Local EST 2015 with symmetrical React strap. Damn! It is quite the difference. First the strap really locks you in almost to the point it made me slightly nervous. That is until I cracked a carve and the way the channel/est works with the hinge and canted foot bed is magnificent. I ride a Burton Custom Restriced 2012 with camber humps which is a medium stiff board that was nice blend of flex, damp and responsivenise, but with the hinge tech it became alive. It makes my board feel so snappy, responsive and smooth. It gives you this feeling that you just want to slash the entire mountain and jump off shit. It saddens me my next board won't be a Burton with est/channel because I need a twin hybrid camber with good edge hold on ice. If you ride a Burton board I do recommend these bindings and definitely get one with the hinge tech.
The buckles are butter smooth and work well. Though I wish the entry point was more idiot proof. Sometimes when I stuff the strap into the buckle it goes into the top lip of the lever instead. Minor thing and probably is different with the new double takes that will trickle down in the future.
EST Is NOT Good With All Boards
I think Alex might of confused this Cartel EST review with the Cartel Re:Flex review. EST Bindings DO NOT come with Discs, do not work with older 3 hole Burton boards and do not work with 4 hole boards. All Burton EST bindings only work with the Channel System. All Burton Re:Flex bindings do work with 4 hole, 3 hole and EST (2 Hole).
Good with all boards
Just wanted to let you guys know that when I got mine you it came with three different sets of disks for different hole set-ups. Dont know why they said it only works with burton because as far as I know that is not true at all, maybe it is just a mistake. Other than that they are really comfortable, great stability, and make turning easy. I would definitly recommend.
These are probably great bindings however if you aren't smack in the middle range of the size range expect problems. There is no heelcup adjustment like Unions and other companies, instead you have to move the actual binding forward, which makes for a weird feel because you are still not centered in the binding, these are the only bindings that made me question whether i even like snowboarding, if they had an adjustable heel cup i would buy them again, but for now i'm sticking to Unions.