• Very Fast Response
  • Very Easy In & Out
  • A Little More Freedom Of Movement
  • Great Shock Absorption
  • Great Board Feel


  • Almost No Adjustability
  • Not Easy On in Steeper Snow
  • Limited Boot Options


The Burton Genesis Step-On has many flaws, but it is getting closer to the feel of a traditional binding and still retains that quick, symmetrical response.

Update 2024: The Burton Genesis Step On hasn't changed, so this review still stands.

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


Boot Support


Turn Initiation




Binding Adjustability Poor
Stance Adjustability Poor
Comfort Good
Ratchet System Good
Shock Absorption Good

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Burton Genesis Step On Binding Written Review Review by The Good Ride

Here sits the Burton Genesis Step On Snowboard Binding Review from an average rider with an exceptionally objective perspective

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A Breakdown of How this binding rides and who it is for

Burton Genesis Step On Review

How This Review Happened: I borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Days:  6+
Conditions:  Everything from varied spring snow to pretty good powder.
Riders:  James (Size 9, 5’10”, 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Photon Step On Wide
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers,
Boards: Burton Territory Manager, Burton Forager, Burton Deep Thinker, Burton Custom, and a few other boards like the Nidecker Mellow.
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves:, Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Burton Step On, Burton Step On X, Nidecker Supramatic, Clew Bindings.

How It Was Tested

I rode these several days on many different boards. I then did a sampler on the same day to compare them to the Step On and also compare them to the Nidecker Supramatic and Clew bindings.


1.8lbs – Very light. I also weighted my Burton Photon Step On Wide boots and they are only 2.2lbs vs. 2.1lbs with the Non-Step On.

Highback Flex

I love the soft high-back flex of the Burton Genesis Step-On. Especially since the high back rotation is quite limited. Especially when your boot is stuck to the high back. Having the hammock and a soft high back brings back some of that traditional strap binding feel that I really appreciate. It increases your range of motion and puts less stress on your knees.

Flex Underfoot/Butterability

Burton Genesis Step On flex underfoot

The Burton Genesis Step-On has a very easy flex underfoot. Under the gas pedal is plastic instead of EVA foam throughout, but that is necessary to keep the boot from moving too far down away from the click mechanisms on the side of each toe.

I forgot to mention this, but you feel like you are a little too far forward on the gas pedal as a result of the pressure from the plastic under the gas pedal, but it’s something you can get used to. Or you can just slide it forward ½ size, and it feels better. For testing purposes, I slid the gas pedal to size 9 to match my size 9 Burton boot, but if I were to ride this every day, I’d probably slide it to 9.5. It butters very easily, though, and it is pretty close to all EVA foam gas pedal Burton Genesis Re:Flex. There is more range of motion with the Burton Genesis Step On but less than the Genesis Re:Flex, so it does feel different and limits your ability to lean over the nose and tail on a butter.

Turn Initiation/Response

The response of the Burton Genesis Step-On is mellower than other Step-On bindings, but man, it is still responsive. Switching from Genesis Re:Flex to Genesis Step On was a massive difference. I wish I had regular Burton Photon’s or Kendo Step On’s to make it 100% perfect but they do have a similar flex and response. One of the biggest differences

Shock Absorption

I forgot to talk about this in the video, but there is great shock absorption. It isn’t super damp, but it handles slower-speed shock absorption very well.

Boot Support

If you don’t get a boot with a built-in strap around the ankle like the Ion or Photon, you are not going to have the same kind of ankle support as you would with traditional strap bindings. With the Burton Ruler, I had a massive response but felt the tongue fold a little on me in uneven terrain. It wasn’t like riding a normal binding with an unsupportive strap, but it wasn’t as good as the Ion or Photon Step On.


This is a huge drawback for the Burton Genesis Step On. There is minimal boot-to-binding adjustability. You have an adjustable gas pedal to help with your boot and only a disc with 3 options to slide your boot towards the heel or toe. It only has 2 holes, so you have to flip it to slide the other way. That is doable, but it doesn’t work well if you are on the upper end of the suggested sizing.

Then you only have limited high back rotation. You have to adjust the small screws on either side of the high back to get minimal rotation, but it doesn’t work as well or adjust as easily as Re:Flex or EST. Burton Re:Flex and EST have excellent high back rotation with an easily adjustable channel on the side and it’s arguably the best in the business. You have forward lean, but it isn’t easy to do with the small screws on either side of the high back that you also use for forward lean. Combining forward lean and high back rotation compromises the adjustability in both.

When it comes to stance width adjustability, there is nothing if you leave the channel system. For me, this is a deal breaker. I need a binding with discs you can turn sideways and slide tip to tail to get your exact stance width. With Burton Re:Flex Discs, there is no way to do that.


So, the Burton Genesis Step On really took a step in the right direction for me and for other riders who prefer regular strap-in bindings. These are my personal favorites of all the step-on bindings out there.

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