• Smooth Mid Level Response
  • Excellent Flex Underfoot/Board Feel
  • Extra Ollie Power
  • Great Ankle Strap
  • Excellent High Back Rotation
  • Great Shock Absorption


  • Toe Strap Ratchet Doesn't Tighten or Hold Well
  • Only Works With 3 Brands out of hundreads
  • Most people have to buy a new binding when getting a new board


The Burton Cartel EST 2021-2024 has a new high back. The toe straps with this, and all other Burton bindings at the demos we attended, had some issues. It only works with Burton and 2 other channel-compatible brands, but with them, it works really well.

Update 2024: Very little has changed the last few years since they re-designed the Burton Cartel EST in 2021 so this review still stands. 

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Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Quick Release No
Manufactured in China
Canted Footbed Yes
Burton Channel Compatible Burton Only
Mini disc No
Approx. Weight Feels Light


Boot Support


Turn Initiation



Very Easy

Binding Adjustability Great
Stance Adjustability Excellent
Comfort Great
Ratchet System Good
Shock Absorption Great

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Burton Cartel EST 2021-2024 Written Review Review by The Good Ride

Here sits the Burton Cartel EST Snowboard Binding Review from average riders with extensive and objective gear experience. 

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A Break Down of How it rides and who it is for

Burton Cartel EST Snowboard Binding Review

How This Review Happened:  We had a few days on it at the demos.

Days: 2
Riders:  James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Boards: Burton Pow Wrench

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union ForceBurton MalavitaSalomon Hologram, Nitro Team Pro, Nitro Team, Now Drive, Now Pilot

Approximate Weight

Feels really light but not chattery so that is really cool.

Highback Flex

The new highback in the Burton Cartel EST seems to be very similar flex wise to the older high back. However it has a more consistent flex throughout where the older one was softer around the cut out. The way the high back is wide and somewhat flat really feels good when rotated properly. It reminds me of the Burton Diode that we really liked from a few years back only much softer.

Binding to Boot Adjustability

EST can really dial out the boot to fit pretty well in the binding. Then the channels on the side of the Burton Cartel EST can slide forwards or backwards to center the boot on board. That is most important but it does rotate the highbacks incredibly well, has easy forward lean adjustment and tooless or Philips head strap adjustment.

Stance Width Adjustability

The best in the business but it only works with a fraction of the boards out there in the industry. It’s really frustrating when people email me for advice and have EST bindings. I usually can’t recommend the right board for them and they really have to compromise.

Boot Support

With the Burton Cartel EST you have an amazing ankle strap that really supports without feeling super locked in. The toe straps might need a redesign. They just didn’t fit over our boots well and came off a lot at the bottom of the run. They were set up exactly right and cranked down as hard as they could be but they still didn’t hold.

Ratchet System

On the ankle strap ratchet the Burton Cartel EST was great. However, the toe strap ratchet didn’t hold. Both were super smooth on and off. Its just that it would some times pop loose on us coming down the run on the toe strap.

Turn Initiation/Response

What we love about the Burton Cartel EST is the way you have such board/boot/binding integration into the turn. Since the Burton boards are tuned exactly for Burton bindings there is a pretty unique feel when turning. It isn’t super responsive but it is consistent throughout the turn and it feels smooth. Not easy listening elevator music smooth but more like the Meters base line in Funkify Your life.

Flex Under Foot/Buttering

There is nothing better we found out there. The problem is again that you can only experience this magic with Burton Channel compatible boards. So for us Re:Flex will more than suffice. It’s still some of the best in the industry.

Shock Absorption/Dampness

The Burton Cartel EST is almost all EVA foam. I would say other than NOW bindings it is hard to find a more cushy and damp binding.

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Burton Cartel EST Past Reviews

The Burton Cartel EST is the binding made specifically for Burton boards.  We hate this and love this binding. The flex underfoot has almost no dead spot and it has a very smooth predictable response to it that many love. The bad is the binding only works for Burton and this proprietary tech reduces your board options to Burton or whoever else licenses the tech from Burton which is only a few companies.  

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Days: 1
RidersJames (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Boards: Burton Hometown Hero

Highback Flex: The Cartel and Cartel Re:Flex offer up a very good flex

Binding Adjustability: The Burton Cartel EST has decent strap adjustability for getting the binding to fit around the boot. However, there isn’t as much as some companies to center the boot in the binding to get it to match up properly on the Gas Pedal/Toe Ramp. Still, you can center the binding well on the board with the EST channels on either side of the binding.

Stance Width Adjustability: Infinite Stance width adjustability with the Channel System and this is the best out there for that. At the time this is written though we only know of Burton, Endeavor and some Signal boards that use this Channel tech.

Comfort: The ankle strap and all-around binding build from the heel cup to toe ramp are all about comfort for us. It’s very well done.

Boot Support: The Ankle strap on the Burton Cartel EST offers up great support and still has some freedom of movement too. We like the support you can get from the Cartel Re:Flex better because you have two holes to mount your ankle strap. If you choose the higher point you get more support. There is only one with the Cartel EST.

Turn Initiation: Very smooth but pretty responsive. We don’t feel like Burton Cartel EST bindings, in general, are not the most responsive out there but that’s not really a bad thing. These offer up a predictably smooth response that never really makes a board feel twitch but it’s not super slow either to make you feel like you need more edge to edge.

Buttering: The Burton Cartel EST tech really makes the board flex naturally underfoot and this is far from being a gimmick. The Burton Re:Flex Cartel is close but not quite there. While we aren’t fans of this proprietary tech we have to admit that it does make a lot of sense in getting a board to flex well underfoot. With softer to mid/flexing boards you can really feel the difference if you do an A/B test with a traditional disc binding, a Re:Flex binding and an EST. You will find that with most companies the Re:Flex and EST really make the board flex easier. So, in other words, this kills it when buttering if you pair it up with a butter friendly board.

Ratchet System: Normally Burton’s ratchet system is really smooth and trouble-free. However, we were having issues with this demo model and it didn’t crank down well or hold as it should. They were a bit worn and looked beaten on. That kind of abuse can happen when they travel in a bin with other bindings around the country from demo to demo.

Shock Absorption: We like the shock absorption better with the Re:Flex but this was pretty good. That being said we were on Adidas Tactical ADV’s which have the most shock absorption out there that we have tried so it might not feel as cush underfoot if you have boots with less shock absorption like Burton EST Outsoles.

So all in all, we say get the Re:Flex as they aren’t that much behind the EST’s and you can ride them with anything. However, if you are a Burton for life kind of rider, then these are a better choice.  I’ve just had soo many readers buy a Burton board and bindings and then want to get another board in their quiver or replace their old board for whatever reason and then have to buy new bindings too so don’t buy EST unless you know you are never going back.

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.

Days: 30+
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.


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.

Burton Cartel EST Specs

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Burton Cartel EST User Reviews

Burton Cartel EST 2010-2024 Snowboard Binding Review SKU UPC Model

Best all round bindings

Mar 29, 2017 by Joao
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: All mountain, Backcountry • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30-40 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): Binding M, Boot size 28 

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

Jan 03, 2017 by Leroy
Ability Level: Adavanced • 
Riding Style: All terrain freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): Shoe 10.5, Sbrd boot 9.5, size large bindings 

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.

Dangerous bindings

Dec 04, 2016 by Ryan
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: Trees • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20 

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.

3.3 5.0 9 9 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 somet Burton Cartel EST 2010-2024 Snowboard Binding Review

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