The Burton Custom Restricted EST is the same as the Custom EST but it has a larger ankle strap that most riders like better these days. It also has a thin skate like foot bed that doesn’t absorb much shock but some prefer to feel the board more than others. This comes with a thin removable foot bed but you can buy a thicker canted foot bed.
There isn’t a vast improvement between the restricted or regular EST Customs like there is with the disc options. You get a better ankle strap and that is just about it. However there is no difference in price so it makes the Restricted Custom EST the call over the Custom EST.
Flex: Same med/soft flexing high back and mellow base plate so there is no difference between Customs.
Adjustability:Just like all EST bindings they are very easy to adjust. It would be better for a more entry level binding to be tool-less but it’s still pretty easy to get everything dialed out.
Comfort:It’s not perfect but it’s very very good for this price range. Burton just makes comfortable bindings so even the lower end bindings feel good.
Heel-Toe Response:Very smooth feeling. The EST set up allows the board a little easier torsional flex so edge to edge transitioning doesn’t feel sharper and more responsive like many bindings feel. Instead it feels like the board underneath is softer than it’s flex.
Tip-Tail Response: All EST bindings make a board very easy to flex from tip to tail for butters and what have you. Combine that with a large asymmetrical strap and you have a pretty good ride when it comes to playing around.
Boot Support: Pretty supportive on the outer side and a little less on the inner so you have a little more inward freedom of movement.
Ratchet System:It’s their older ratchet system thats great in the ankle but not the best in the toe.
Shock Absorption: There is some shock absorption but the foot bed is very thin. If you want more it’s easy to fix. You can buy the Canted 2.0 foot bed that offers a much thicker pad that is also easier on your body.